I picked up a book the other day and it had a medal on it. The medal said that the book had received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. I had no idea what that meant. It didn’t look like any Dr. Seuss book that I had ever seen. It got me thinking. It would be helpful to know just how a children’s book earns different honors and awards. I decided to check it out and here is what I found….
Who gets it?
Who gives it?
Some past winners…
|The Randolph Caldecott Medal||-The artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year||American Library Association,Association for Library Service to Children Division||Every Year||-“The Lion & the Mouse” by Jerry PinkneyThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick|
|Newbery Medal||-The most distinguished American children’s books published the previous year||American Library Association,Association for Library Service to Children Division||Every Year||-“Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos“Moon over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool|
|Michael L. Printz Award||-The best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit||American Library Association, YALSA||Every Year||-“Looking for Alaska” by John Green“American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang|
|Coretta Scott King Award||-The outstanding African American author and illustrator (2 awards a year) of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values||American Library Association||Every Year||-“One Crazy Summer” Rita Williams-Garcia, author“Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave” Bryan Collier, illustrator|
|Theodor Seuss Geisel Award||-The author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year||American Library Association,Association for Library Service to Children Division||Every Year||“Tales for Very Picky Eaters” written and illustrated by Josh Schneide“Are You Ready to Play Outside?” by Mo Willems|
|Robert F. Sibert Award||-The author and illustrator of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.||American Library Association,Association for Library Service to Children Division||Every Year||-“The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain” by Peter Sís|
|Margaret A. Edwards Award||-The author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.||American Library Association, YALSA||Every Year||Lois LowryWalter Dean MyersJudy Blume|
Sources of information:
- ALSC and ALA Web pages- http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/aboutcaldecott/aboutcaldecott
- All of the imagines on this post are owned by The American Library Association
So, next time you are checking out a book and it has a nice big medal on it, hopefully you will remember this post! Enjoy!