Award Winning Books


Newbery ~ best written chapter book in America

An annual award by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller, John Newbery.


Caldecott ~ best picture book in America

This is an annual national award given by the American Library Associationfor the best illustrations for books published in America for the previous year. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

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The Children's Gallery Award, the Children's Crown Award, and the Lamplighter Award are nominee lists of forty new titles each year. They encourage primary, intermediate, and middle school students to read and vote on wholesome and uplifting mainstream books that have been published within the last two years.

2010-2011 Winners



**Children's Gallery Award**

Grades 1st- 3rd
**Children's Crown Award**

Grades 4-5
**Lamplighter Award**

Grades 6th - 8th


William Allen White (3rd-8th) - Elementary and Middle School in Kansas

State of Kansas book award given annually to two books, one for 3rd to 5th Grade and one for 6th to 8th Grade. Recipients are chosen by the children of Kansas, who vote for their favorite books from a Master List created by the White Award committee of Kansas teachers and librarians. The award was established by Emporia State University to honor the memory of William Allen White, one of the state’s most distinguished citizens, to encourage the students of Kansas to read and enjoy good books. There are two lists one for grades 3rd-5th and another for grades 6th-8th. Each list has 10- 12 titles listed. Each student must have read one or more titles from the list to vote for the title they liked the best.

Heartland Award - Jr High School / High School in Kansas

These are books for Young Adults, 8th grade and up.
Check out the previous winners.


Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award - Grades K-2nd in Kansas

The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award was established by the Kansas Reading Association to honor an internationally renowned Kansas author of children's picture books. The purpose of the award is to promote appreciation for quality literature for young children, as well as to commend outstanding authors/illustrators of children's picture books. Also check out the wiki with titles and activities to use with titles


Seuss Award - Beginner Readers in America

A relatively new award named for Theodore Seuss Geisel who was better known as Dr. Seuss. It is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to the genre of beginning readers published in the United States.

2010 Winner - Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes,

2009 Geisel winner is Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo WIllems