September-October Staff Picks: 2018 Award Winning Children's Books to Read Again and Again

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"The highest accolade that a piece of children's literature can receive is a chorus of voices shouting "Again! Again!" when the story is finished. Measuring what makes a book stick out to children isn't always easy, but awards panels try their best to strike a balance between books that are most likely to be read front and back, over and over, and books that are most likely to make a lasting impression for readers of all ages.


This year, I have been given the honor of presenting the most recognized children's books of 2018. The materials on display come from long lines of winners and honorable mentions before them, many of which have gone on to become classroom staples and timeless classics. They represent awards and book lists that focus on excellence in literature and illustration spanning over genres and reading levels, with the intention of making reading and learning enjoyable for everyone.


There is no greater joy than sharing these stories with you as a librarian, an educator, and as an avid reader and re-reader."

-- Rachel Altvater, Library Services Associate


Books featured in our collection have been recognized by one or more of the following:


Randolph Caldecott Medal

John Newbery Medal

Coretta Scott King Book Award

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Pura Belpré Medal

Mildred A. Batchelder Award

Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Literature

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Schneider Family Book Award

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Stonewall Book Award

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

American Indian Youth Literature Award

Lambda Literary Award

Amelia Bloomer Book List

Jane Addams Children's Book Award

ALA Notable Children's Book List


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Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.



Last Updated: 11:17 am, Wednesday, Aug 22 , 2018