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Children's Book Awards

International

Hans Christian Andersen Award
Given by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), this is the highest international honor in the field. Every other year IBBY presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards to an author and an illustrator, living at the time of the nomination, whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.

National Awards from the American Library Association

Batchelder Award
Given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. ALSC gives the award to encourage American publishers to seek out superior children's books abroad and to promote communication among the peoples of the world.

Pura Belpre Award
Given every two years by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), the award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Caldecott Medal
Given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the award is presented annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published during the preceding year.

Geisel Award
Given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Coretta Scott King Award
Given by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table, the award is presented annually to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."

Newbery Medal
Given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published during the preceding year.

Schneider Family Book Award
Given annually by the American Library Association, the Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Sibert Informational Book Award
Given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished American informational book for children published during the preceding year.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
Given every two years by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the award 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.

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Children's Choice - State

Rhode Island Children's Book Award
Chosen by children in Grades 3 through 6 from a list of 20 books selected by a committee of the three sponsoring agencies - the Rhode Island State Council of the International Reading Association, the Rhode Island Educational Media Association, and the Rhode Island Library Association under the coordination of the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services.