And the Winner is….

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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….

Award Name

Who gets it?

Who gives it?

How often?

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

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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!

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