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Gateway Readers Award

Annually honors three books voted most popular by teens grades 9-12 in Missouri's public schools.

Gateway Readers Award 2017-2018 nominees
Gateway Readers Award-past nominees & winners

Because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Readers Award is for authors of books chosen by high school students in Missouri.

 

 

Alex Award

Annually honors ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

Alex Award winners, 1998-present
Alex Award nominations, 2010-present

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

Newbery Medal

Annually honors a chapter book with the most distinguished contribution to American literature for teens.

Newbery Medal & Honor books, 1922-present

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.



Printz Award

Annually honors a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Printz Award winners, 2000-present

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.


Edwards Award

Annually honors an author that has made a substantial and lasting contribution over the years to literature for teens.

Edwards Award winners, 1998-present

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.


Odyssey Award

Annually honors the best audiobook produced for teens.

Odyssey Award winner & honor recordings, 2008-present

This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The poems comprising Homer's "The Odyssey" were originally told and retold in the oral tradition, hence the name for this award. The Odyssey Award allows us to return to the ancient roots of storytelling, while living in our modern world.



Batchelder Award

Annually honors the most outstanding book for children Translated into English from another language.

Batchelder Award winners & honors, 1968-present

This award honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world.The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Belpré Award

Annually honors 2 books wirtten or illustrated by a latino/latina author or illustrator which best Celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for teens or children.

Pura Belpre Award Author & Illustrator winners & honors, 1996-present

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.


Coretta Scott King Book Award

Annually honors 2 books written or illustrated by an African American author or illustrator which best demonstrates the African American cultural experience in a work of literature for teens or children.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 2017
Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 2016
Coretta Scott King Book Awards, all recipients, 1970-present

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.


 
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