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Children and Young Adult Book Awards

Children and Young Adult Book Awards


American Indian Youth Literature Award

The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.


Americas Award

Established to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.


Arab American Book Award

Books are written by or illustrated by an Arab American, or address the Arab American experience. Includes an award for children/young adult, fiction or non-fiction.


Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage. Categories include young adult literature, children’s books, and picture books.


The Carter G. Woodson Book Award

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards honor the most distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. The award is given to one elementary book and one secondary book.


The Coretta Scott King Award

Presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution published during the previous year.


Jane Addams Peace Association Children’s Book Award

This award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.


John Steptoe New Talent Award

The John Steptoe New Talent Award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force.


Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. LGBT Children’s/Young Adult Individual works and collections of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry whose intended audience is young readers are all eligible.


Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

The award brings increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and is dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading. The contest is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish for the North American market.


Pura Belpre’ Award

The award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.


Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction’dellawardforhistoricalfiction.aspx

Established to encourage other writers–particularly new authors–to focus on historical fiction. O’Dell hoped in this way to increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world.


The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


Skipping Stones Book Awards

These books promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity.


Stonewall Award

The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.


Tomas Rivera Book Award

This award honors authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.


Additional Resources



Top 100+ Recommended African-American Children’s Books


Young Adult, Middle Grades, Children’s Picture Books

The Brown Bookshelf


Brown Sugar & Spice Books

True stories about People of Color



Books for ages 0-13


Ashay’s Children’s Book Collection


Native Americans

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Best books lists for elementary, middle school, and high school



Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us.


Disability Books