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Children's & young adult literature awards

Children's & young adult literature awards - text

  1. American Indian Youth Literature Awards: American Indian Library Association awards for writing by Native Americans and Indigenous North Americans.
  2. Americas Awards: Awards from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs that recognizes children's and young adult books about Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx cultures.
  3. Asian Pacific American Awards for Literature
  4. Carter G. Woodson Book Awards: Awards granted by the National Council for the Social Studies for nonfiction books for young people depicting racial/ ethnic minorities in the U.S.
  5. National Jewish Book Awards: Granted by the Jewish Book Council to recognize books of Jewish interest
  6. Sydney Taylor Book Award: Granted by the Association of Jewish Libraries to books to children and teens about the Jewish experience.
  7. Whippoorwill Award: Given to books for young adults and middle-grade literature depicting rural communities.
  8. Notable Children's Books --- Announced in the March 15 issue of Book list. Selected by the Notable Children's Book Committee of the ALSC, a division of ALA
  9. Fanfare Announced in the March/April issue of Hornbook.
  10. Best Books Announced in the December issue of School Library Journal.
  11. Year's Best Illustrated Books --- Announced in the second week of November issue of New York Times Book Review.
  12. Best Children's Science Books List --- Announced in the November/December issue of Science Books and Films.
  13. Children's Editors' Choice --- Announced in the January 15 issue of Book list.
  14. Nebraska Children's Golden Sower Awards --- Announced at the Fall Nebraska Library Association Meeting.
  15. Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Winners --- Announced the Last week in October in Publishers Weekly.
  16. Awards section in School Library Journal.


American Library Association - Grants numerous awards through its various divisions focused on specific audiences and subject matters. Awards relevant to children and young adults include:

Coretta Scott King Awards

  1. Coretta Scott King award winners
  2. Coretta Scott King Honor
Elijah of Buxton Dave the PotterHer Stories African Tales cover
  1. The Edwards Award
  2. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  3. Top of the List
  4. Editors' Choice
  5. Printz Award
  6. Printz Honor
  7. Morris Award
  8. Morris Honor
  9. Sibert Medal
  10. Sibert Honor
  11. Dartmouth Medal
  12. Dartmouth Honor
  13. Coretta Scott King Award
  14. Pura Belpre Award
  15. Pura Belpre Honor
  16. Stonewall Award
  17. Stonewall Honor
  18. Notable Books
  19. The Reading List
  20. Notable Children's Books
  21. Amelia Bloomer
  22. Odyssey Award
  23. Odyssey Honor
  24. Carnegie Medal
  25. Notable Media
  26. Best Fiction for Young Adults
  27. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
  28. Alex Awards Rainbow List
  29. Over the Rainbow List
  30. Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  31. Quick Picks
  32. National Book Award
  33. National Book Critics Circle Award
  34. Pulitzer Prize
  35. Booker Prize


Organizations that Promote Children's Literature

  1. American Library Association - Online book lists, reviews, and awards
  2. The Literacy Connection - Promoting Literacy Skills and a Love of Reading - Collection of Reader's Theater plus much more.
  3. The Horn Book Magazine. Publication about books and highlights for children and adolescents. Most noteworthy articles for children's literature have been published here. It publishes reviews and lists for the Newbery and Caldecott in June and winners in August.
  4. School Library Journal For media specialists and school librarians
  5. International Literacy Association - is a nonprofit organization established in 1956. It connects individuals and institutions to strive for worldwide literacy. 70,000 plus members, work to provide a range of activities and resources. Includes many resources for professional educators.
  6. The Bookfinder Online can be searched for millions of titles
  7. National Council of Teachers of English - publish - NCTE journals for all levels of educators for literacy, language arts, & English. Also sponsors the - Intellectual Freedom Center expanded from the Anti-Censorship Center
  8. The Best in Children’s Books. is a research book published by The University of Chicago Press as a guide to the best Children’s Literature. Various editions are available.
  9. Children's Literature Association - Encouraging high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children's literature. Publishes - Children's Literature Journal, Phoenix award, Anne Devereaux Jordan and the Carol Gay award.
  10. The Children's Book Council - The CBC is a collaborative of children’s publishers that work together on issues of importance to the industry, educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with national organizations.
  11. ALLTOP - Children' Literature section



Children's Magazines

  1. Cobblestone. Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. 20 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. Ages 9-14. History, activities, fiction and nonfiction.
  2. Dynamite. Scholastic, 654 Count Morbida's Castle, Marion OH 43302. Ages 8-12. High interest articles popular personalities and activities.
  3. Ebony Jr. 820 So. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605. Ages 12+. Stories, puzzles, emphasis black culture.
  4. Faces: The Magazine About People. Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. 20 Grove St. Peterborough, NH 03458. Ages 8+. High interest themed issues about people of the world.
  5. National Geographic World. National Geographic Society, Dept. 00786, 17th and M Streets, NW Washington, D. C. 20036. Ages 8-12. High interest articles, photographs, activities, and posters.
  6. Owl. Young Naturalist Foundation, P. O. Box 11314, Des Moines, Iowa 50340. Ages 8+. Science and nature articles, photographs, and puzzles.
  7. Penny Power. Consumers Union of U. S., P. O. Box 2878, Boulder, CO 80322. Ages 8+. Consumers reports for children.
  8. Ranger Rick. National Wildlife Federation. 1412 16 Th. Street, NW, Washington D. C. 20036-2266. Ages 3-5. Nature articles and photographs.
  9. Your Big Backyard. National Wildlife Federation, 1412 16 Th. Street, NW, Washington D. C. 20036-2266. Ages 3-5. Nature articles, photographs, and readiness activities.
  10. 3-2-1 Contact. Children's Television Workshop. E=MC Square, P. O. Box 51177, Boulder, CO 80321-1177. Ages 8-14. Science articles, puzzles, projects, experiments, and computer section.



Book lists by Genre

Graphic Novels

March graphic novel coverArtemis Fowl graphic novel cover Martina and the Bridge of Time cover

Realistic fiction

Moon Over Manifest cover

Picture books

Skippyjon Jones cover The Arrival cover

Historical fiction

Island of the Blue Dolphins cover Lizzie Bright and teh Buckminster Boy cover White Sands Red Menace cover

Folk tale, fables, myths, legends, & tall tales,

Fables cover The Children's Book of Myths and Legends cover Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears cover D'aulaires' Book of Norse Myths cover D'aulaires' Book of Greek Myths cover


Fantasy: modern fantasy, science fiction, animal fantasy, ...

Chapter books

Picture books

Science fiction

The Secret Under My Skin cover The HostWrinkle in Time cover Focus questions for The Secret Under My Skin for educators interested in exploring teaching and learning in a futuristic setting.

Assorted other genre

Where the Sidewalk Ends cover


Literature, literacy, media reference information

Children's literature reference books

  1. Benedict, Susan & Lenore Carlisle. (1992). Beyond Words: Picture Books for Older Readers and Writers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  2. Brewton, John E. et al. (Compilers). Index to Poetry for Children and Young People. 1982-1987. New York, NY: Wilson 1987.
  3. Briggs, Katherine M. Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Boggies, and other Supernatural Creatures. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1978. CLASSIC
  4. Children's Books in Print. New York, NY: Bowker, 1969- continually updates.
  5. Commire, Anne (Ed). Something about the Author: Facts and Pictures about Contemporary Authors and illustrators of Books for Young People. Volumes 1-167... Detroit; Gale, 2005. In most libraries.
  6. Gallas, Karen (2003.) Imagination and Literacy: A Teacher's Search for the Heart of Learning. New York: Teachers College Press. Excellent discussion on the development of imagination and the role it plays in literacy, including the struggle many students have in learning to read. The author's ideas of literacy include examples and applications to all subjects as well as textual literacy.
  7. Goodman, Steven. (2003). Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production, and Social Change. More for middle school and above. It is a novel approach of using video to teach literacy. It has examples of inner city youth involved in the experiences described.
  8. Hallett, Martin and Barbara Karasek. (2009). Folk & Fairy Tales. fourth edition Broadview Press, Buffalo, NY. ISBN 978 1 55111 898 7.
  9. Kingman, Lee et al. (Eds). Illustrators of Children's Books: 1967-1976, volume 4. Boston The Horn Book, 1978.
  10. Lehr, Susan. (1995). Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversy in Children's Literature. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  11. Lesnik-Oberstein, Karin. (1994). Children’s Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child. New York, NY: Oxford Press
  12. Lima, Carolyn W. A to zoo: Subject access to children's picture books, second edition. New York: Bowker, 2010.
  13. Lukens, Rebecca. A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature, 8th edition. Oxford, Ohio: Scott Foresman and Company. 2006.
  14. O"Reilley, Mary Rose. (1993). The Peaceable Classroom. ISBN 0-86709-328-5 Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers.
  15. Piazza, Carolyn L. (1999). Multiple Forms of Literacy: Teaching Literacy and the Arts. Columbus, Ohio: Merrill. Defines literacy to include music, art, dance... If you are looking to expand literacy beyond the traditional text, then this would be a very good choice.
  16. Purves, Alan C, and Dianne L, Monson. (1984). Experiencing Children's Literature. Glenview, Ill: Scott Foresman and Company.
  17. Trelease, Jim. (2006 6th. edition). The Read Aloud Handbook.

Electronic - research - sites and articles

  1. Jeff Wilhelm, University of Maine, Orono 2000 Literacy by Design: Why Is All This Technology So Important? Voices from the Middle, A Publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, Volume 7 Number 3, March 2000, pp. 4-14. Discusses how technology might be an integral part of schooling. What is hypermedia, and how production can be a critical part of an educational process. Includes examples of the author's work with students and electronic notes.
  2. ETS testing of literacy - review how ETS makes decisions on national testing for literacy and its essential elements. Aso - Jacqueline Jones. Early Literacy Assessment Systems: Essential Elements of literacy - Policy statement for ETS testing of literacy
  3. Educational Cyber Playground - Literacy Research web site with links to literacy related research
  4. Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents.PDF A guidance document from the Center on Instruction
  5. Adolescent Literacy. Voices in Urban Education. Winter/Spring 2004. Mary Neuman and Sanjiv Rao Adolescent Literacy: Beyond English Class, Beyond Decoding Text Carol D. Lee Literacy in the Academic Disciplines and the Needs of Adolescent Struggling Readers Donna E. Alvermann Adolescent Aliteracy: Are Schools Causing It? Glynda Hull and Jessica Zacher What Is After-School Worth? Developing Literacy and Identity Out of School. Annenberg Institute for School Reform.
  6. David O'Brien At-Risk Adolescents: Redefining Competence Through the Multiliteracies of Intermediality, Visual Arts, and Representation. Great page use of multimedia for an article. The article also has great information for using multiliteracies with students successfully.
  7. Douglas Kellner, U.C.L.A 2008. Critical Perspectives on Visual Imagery in Media and Cyberculture. Examine Madonna, MTV Excellent article
  8. Mei-Yu. Supporting Early Literacy Development in Family Child Care Settings. ERIC Identifier: ED477606: 2003-11-12 - Information for family child care providers on children's early literacy development. A definition and the characteristics of family child care are discussed along with research-based strategies and recommendations that help support early literacy development for children in family child care settings.
  9. Donna E. Alvermann. Effective Literacy Instruction for Adolescents. Updated Version October 30, 2001. Executive Summary and Paper Commissioned by the National Reading Conference
    University of Georgia
  10. Understanding and Teaching Writing: Guiding Principles. NCET National Council of English. November 14, 2018.

Research articles

  1. One Reading Specialist's Response to High-Stakes Testing Pressures. The Reading Teacher, v60 n2 p158–167. October 2006. Very good article supporting a literature based program. Available - EBSCO host.
  2. Professional Identity of a Reading Teacher: Responding to High-Stakes Testing Pressures. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n3 p239-252 Jun 2008- Eric - EJ811899. Marsha, English Language Learners (ELL) faced with tensions between her professional beliefs, knowledge about effective reading instruction, and district testing pressures. This article shows the complexities and contextual tensions through an ethnographic study. Struggled of commitment to help students pass the test and to stay true to her own professional identity. Suggests testing pressures affect teachers' instruction and responsiveness to students' learning needs, compromise a teacher's professional identity, and can influence their responsibility and ethical sense of what they should do for students and who they need to be as teachers.

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