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February 12

Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.

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Today, the American Library Association announces its annual book award winners.

Grades 3 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





Each year, the American Library Association recognizes a multitude of books and authors for their quality and impact. Ranging from awards for young children's books such as the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, to the Belpré award for books celebrating Latino culture, to the Sibert Medal for distinguished informational books, the ALA recognizes a wide range of outstanding material for children, young adults, and adults.




The American Library Association Book, Print, and Media Awards for Children and Young Adults include:

Visit the ALA pages for each award. Select from the list above the award most relevant to your students' ages and interests. Have your students select a winning author or illustrator from the award set you have selected, and instruct them to complete one of these activities:

  • Write or illustrate a story in your chosen author/illustrator's style.
  • Conduct Internet research on your author/illustrator and then stage a mock interview based on your research.
  • Present a book review of one of your chosen author/illustrator's "must-read" titles.



  • Teach with Award-Winning Children's Books

    This Scholastic webpage includes links to past winners of ALA awards. Many titles offer links to additional resources, including author biographies, discussion guides, and more.

  • Caldecott/Newbery Literature Series

    New Hampshire Public Television provides videos and teacher guides for 27 books, which have won either the Caldecott or the Newbery Medal.

  • 100 Best Books for Children

    This booklist includes 100 top recommendations from the National Education Association for children and young adults.


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Activities & Projects

Grades   3 – 5  |  Activity & Project

Start Your Own Book Club

Children can enjoy a community-building experience by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together.


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Podcast Episodes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Guided by Teen Book Awards

Teen book awards provide an annual guide for readers in search of quality young adult literature reading recommendations. In her sixth annual celebration of the year's most distinguished books for teens, Jennifer introduces her personal favorites. Tune in to hear about coming of age novels, works of original historical research, and tributes to the pleasures of cooking, the power of graphic design, and the comforts of poetry.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Introducing the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

Learn more about the five finalists for the first annual Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Guide to Teen Book Awards

This episode will introduce you to the newest winning titles as well as to ways of thinking about book awards as tools for navigating the world of books for teens.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Celebrating Teen Book Awards

This year's American Library Association Youth Media Awards celebrate books in a range of style and subject matter. Tune in to hear a report on the year's most distinguished titles for teens.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Teen Book Awards Revisited

Tune in to hear about the latest winners of the Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature as well as select titles that are popping up on multiple award lists.


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

A Roundup of Teen Book Awards

In the wake of the American Library Association's annual announcement of Youth Media Awards, tune in for a roundup of top young adult literature award winners from the past year. Jennifer will report on her favorite titles drawn from lists of the year's most distinguished books for teens


Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode

Reporting on Teen Book Awards

Each year the America Library Association's list of teen book awards provides readers with a huge variety of quality reading recommendations. You'll hear about stories of espionage, climate change, and dragons; middle school theater, political revolutions, coping with cancer, and more.


Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Newbery Medal Winners—Where Are They Now?

Discover new books from past Newbery Medal winners.


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