October 2020 Staff Picks: Children's Awards: An Ebook Retrospective

October 2020 Staff Picks: Children's Awards: An Ebook Retrospective

Children's Awards: An Ebook Retrospective, ethnically disverse children using different reading devices in four different zoom windowsCurating the children's award and honor book displays is one of my favorite activities during the academic year at our library. I'm always learning something new about building and promoting library collections, trends in youth publishing, and how combining this knowledge best helps us within the TC community. New books will eventually come to our JUV section. That will stay the same. But with everything looking very different this year, I figured it would be a good time to share a wealth of ebooks for younger readers already available through our ebook collections...and how to find more of them!

A typical awards display contains a litany of awards and book lists. While there are digital media awards for children - like the American Association of School Librarians Best Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning and the American Library Association's Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media awards - I wanted to focus on materials that are already in our collection and available digitally. For more information on how these ebooks were found in eBooks on Ebscohost and Ebook Central, visit the corresponding post on the Library Blog. Medals, honors, and book lists featured in this collection are:

  • Newbery Medal, which is awarded to the author of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
  • Pura Belpré Award, presented annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
  • Horn Book Fanfare, a selection of the best children’s and young adult titles chosen annually by editors of The Horn Book Magazine.
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award, for children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels, a book list that recommends graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults , a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult. *Please note that the book listed as an ALA BBYA book was actually granted the Margaret A. Edwards award, which recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
  • CCBC Choices, an annotated listing of the best books for children and teenagers, selected by the professional staff of the Collaborative Children's Book Center.
  • Children's and Teen Choice, the only national book awards program where the winners are selected by kids and teens of all ages.
  • The National Book Award, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country, is given by the National Book Foundation to celebrate the best literature in America.
  • Parent's Choice Award, marked with the Parent's Choice Foundation seal, is the Foundation's internationally recognized and respected icons of quality in children's materials.

Click on book to read or "Award" to learn more.

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Children's & Teen Choice, 2019

Furyborn Book Cover


by Claire Legrand


Pura Belpré Award, 2017

Tale of Two Volcanoes

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes

by Duncan Tonatiuh


YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2011

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Book Cover

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection

by Matt Dembicki


Jane Addams Book Award Children's Honor, 2003

When My Name Was Keoko Book Cover

When My Name Was Keoko

by Linda Sue Park


Horn Book Fanfare Best Book, 2003

Afternoon of the Elves Book Cover

Afternoon of the Elves

by Janet Taylor Lisle


ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Annie on My Mind Book Cover

Annie on My Mind

by Nancy Garden


Newbery Medal, 1985

One-Eyed Cat: A Novel

One-Eyed Cat: A Novel

by Paula Fox


CCBC Choices, 2016

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America Book Cover

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

by Carole Boston Weatherford


CCBC Choices, 1983

Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed Book Cover

Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed

by Virgina Hamilton


CCBC Choices, 2008

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Cover

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney


Horn Book Fanfare Best Book, 1964

Tituba of Salem Village Book Cover

Tituba of Salem Village

by Ann Petry


Newbery Metal, 1964

It's Like This, Cat Book Cover

It's Like This, Cat

by Emily Cheney Neville


Newbery Honor, 1934

The ABC Bunny Book Cover

The ABC Bunny

by Wanda Gág


Parent's Choice Book Award

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets

by Barbara Esham


Newbery Honor, 2019

The Night Diary Book Cover

The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani


Newbery Award, 2015

El Deafo Book Cover

El Deafo

by Cece Bell


The National Book Award, 2011

Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai


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