Lesser-known children’s book awards

The Newbery and Caldecott award announcements always make the news.  Some less well-known honors for children’s books are announced at around the same time.  Here are some additional award-winning books to look for at your library:

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King, illustrated by Gary Clement, won Best Picture Book in the American Indian Youth Literature Awards.  These are awarded by the American Indian Library Association, but I would recommend looking for information about the latest awards here.

The winner in the Best Middle School Book category is not currently available in our library system, but we do own some books from the same series, My World: Young Native Americans Today.

This morning I received an e-mail about the Sydney Taylor Book Award, named for one of the authors I highlighted in my Hanukkah post.  Last year one of the winning books for children was As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March Toward Freedom, (which Miss Susan just mentioned on this blog).

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland with illustrations by Stephane Jorish won in the category for younger readers.

The Importance of Wings by Robin Friedman was the winner in the category for older (but still pre-teen) readers.

The Jewish Book Council announced a separate set of awards for Jewish literature for children through adults.  We don’t own as many of the children’s titles selected for these awards, but Mrs. Woeckel has been sharing one of the finalists in her school visits this month:

The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak by Tomek Bogacki was a finalist in the category of illustrated books for children.

These awards are just a few examples of the many children’s book awards out there– awarded by parents, students, librarians, and others.  Some are announced at other times of year, so keep an eye out for future announcements!  If you have a favorite children’s book award, please let me know– it may be one I’ve never heard of, and I may mention it on this blog.

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