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Children's and Young Adult Award Winners
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.
The Walter Awards
The Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.
The Horn Book Magazine
The Horn Book Magazine publishes bimonthly, critical book reviews, editorials, and interviews with authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and picture books for children and young adults. Book reviews include brief descriptions, grade level designations, and rate books on a scale from 1 to 4, with commendable titles receiving the highest starred ratings.
Kirkus Reviews, a bi-weekly, innovative book review magazine was founded by Virginia Kirkus in 1933. The magazine and web site publishes authoritative reviews of American books from both traditional publishing houses and self-publishers, and provides pre-publication reviews for fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and indie books.
School Library Journal
This monthly publication contains news, trends, and literature reviews relevant to librarians who provide services for children and young adults. Recent articles discuss collaboration between school and public libraries; access to technology; and encouraging children to read. Each issue also includes book reviews.
Publishers Weekly, founded in 1872, is a weekly newsmagazine focused on the international book publishing business. It offers feature articles and news on all aspects of the book business, bestsellers lists in a number of categories, and industry statistics, but its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing 8,000 to 9,000 per year, with notable books assigned a red star.
Booklist has been published by the American Library Association for more than a century and has a yearly run of 22 issues. The reviews are primarily written by librarians and academics as books recommended for purchase in public and school libraries as well as for book lovers.
Diversity in Children's & YA Literature
Social Justice Books
SocialJusticeBooks.org is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
We Need Diverse Books
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
American Indians in Children's Literature
Established in 2006 by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books. Dr. Jean Mendoza joined AICL as a co-editor in 2016.
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