Award winners

Missouri Awards

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of MLA, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age, the award was first given in 1996.

Show Me Readers Award (Grades 1-3)

The purpose of the Show Me Readers Award is to promote literature, literacy, and reading in Missouri elementary schools for grades one through three and to promote recognition of authors and illustrators of books that are favorites of Missouri children in these grades. The Winner of the annual Show Me Readers Award is selected by students.

Mark Twain Readers Award (Grades 4-6)

The purpose of the Mark Twain Readers Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives. The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six.

Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8)

The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. The winner of the annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight.

Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12)

Because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Readers Award is for authors of books selected by students in Missouri in grades nine through twelve.

National Awards

Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Award

The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution.

Giverny Award

The Giverny Award is given annually every April to the author and illustrator of the book selected as the best children's science picture book (4-8).

Golden Kite Award

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers.

Newbery Medal

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.

Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award honors Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library. This award, established in her honor in 1996, is awarded to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays the Latino culture in a work of literature for children and youth.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, established by the Association for Library Service to Children in 2001, is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.

Schneider Family Book Awards

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

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.