Literary Prizes and Awards

My main blog idea for today was to research different literary prizes and awards.  Although I have shared those ideas below, I wanted to share some wonderful children’s books that I read this week while interning in a library.  The first one is “Jacob’s New Dress” by Ian Hoffman.  I have seen some very conflicting points of view on this book, but I thought it was beautifully done.  Many children and families that are challenged with raising children that don’t conform to societal expectations could benefit from the wonderful approach that this author took in addressing a touchy subject in the eyes of many people.  I also loved the illustrations, and I feel that it is a great book for all to read.

Also, one of the blogs that I follow shared some non-fiction choices that I grabbed to read that were lovely as well.  When you have the time, the following three books are great reads that tell children how important and special they are to the world. 

  • “I Have the Right to Be a Child” by Alain Serres
  • “We Are All Born Free” by Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox

I have been helping the children’s librarian with collection development, and she was very excited to see that all three books that I was going to recommend to her today were already in her collection.  “Jacob’s New Dress” just arrived today as it was on the list I gave her earlier in the week.  She ordered eight more today that I recommended, and I am excited for them to come in.  Hopefully they will arrive before my internship is over as my last day is this Friday.  What a wonderful experience to be having while taking an adolescent literature class at the same time!

Now… to the rest of my blog today…

Literary Prizes and Awards

While interning in the Sheridan County Public Library system, I noticed that each library has shelves that highlight award winning books specific to Wyoming awards.  They are as follows:

Buckaroo Book Award – grades K-3


  • 2014 WinnerCreepy Carrotsby Aaron Reynolds
  • 2014 1st Runner-UpLittle Dog Lostby Monica Carnesi
  • 2014 2nd Runner-UpChalk by Bill Thomson

Indian Paintbrush Award – grades 4-6


  • 2013-2014 WinnerWonder by R.J. Palacio (MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK!)
  • 2013-2014 1st Runner-UpThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • 2013-2014 2nd Runner-UpWild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Soaring Eagle Award – grades 7-12


  • 2014 WinnerTiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  • 2014 1st Runner-UpLegend by Marie Lu
  • 2014 2nd Runner-UpMichael Vey:  Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

When I was a child, I was thrilled to get to meet the author of one of the winners of The Indian Paintbrush Award.  Kenneth Thomasma came to our school, and he signed my book Naya Nuki:  The Girl Who Ran that had won the award that year (1986).  Meeting a “real-life” author made quite an impact on me, and I have been a fan of his books ever since.

Many literary awards highlight the amazing stories and authors that produce reading material for the masses.  There are definitely too many awards to list them all, but I decided to focus on a few for today’s blog that “…are announced every January at a Monday morning press conference that takes place during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting” according to

(John) Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

  • 2014 WinnerFlora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

(Randolph) Caldecott Medal
The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

  • 2014 WinnerLocomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca

(May Hill) Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
The Arbuthnot award honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.

(Mildred L.) Batchelder Award
The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

(Pura) Belpré Medal
The Belpré Medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

(Andrew) Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal honors the producer of the most outstanding video production for children released during the preceding year.

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

(ALSC/Booklist/YALSA) Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
The Odyssey Award will be awarded annually to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

(Robert F.) Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.

(Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award
The Wilder Medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.


One thought on “Literary Prizes and Awards

  1. Not sure how many of the Sibert Award winners (and honor books) you’ve read, but this has become one of my very favorite book awards. I have discovered so many terrific and absolutely riveting nonfiction books thanks to this award. Check and see how many your library has–this might be a great award to recommend to your librarian too. About Twitter….yes, you can easily use Twitter on your computer. I suspect that many of the bloggers you’re following right now are some of the very people I follow and learn from the most on Twitter.

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