Reading Lists

Looking for an award winning book?
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Here are some selections for 2017 Children’s Books…
Come check them out at the library!

The Caldecott Medal has been awarded annually since 1938 by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The winner for 2017 is “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe.


The Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award now offers 4 age appropriate categories of award-winning books each year: Elementary (Grades 2-4), Intermediate (Grades 4-6),  Teen (Grades 7-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). To the left is the 2017 Intermediate winner, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.



The Coretta Scott King Award goes to “authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the ‘American Dream.'” Separate awards go to authors and illustrators; there are Award winners and Honor books. The 2017 author winner is “March: Book Three” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. The 107 illustrator winner is “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe.


The Newbery Medal  has been awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” since 1922. The award is in honor of the eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.  The winner for 2017 is “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill



The Pura Belpré Award established in 1996, goes 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 was first given every two years, so there are no entries for 2007 or 2005, for example. In 2009, it became an annual award. Like the Coretta Scott King Award, there are awards for both authors and illustrators. The 2017 Illustrator winner was for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth” illustrated by Raul Gonzalez. The 2017 Author Award winner is “Juana & Lucas” by Juana Medina.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is given annually “to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.” There is an award winner and honor books. The 2017 winner is “March: Book Three” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.



The Scott O’Dell Award was established in 1982 by the noted writer of historical fiction, who hoped to increase interest in the genre. It is awarded annually to “a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. To be eligible, “a book must have been published as a book intended for children or young people, set in the New World, published in the United States, and written in English by a citizen of the United States.” The 2017 winner is “Full of Beans” by Jennifer L. Holm.


The Geisel Award  is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers. The award is named for the world-renowned children’s author, Dr. Seuss. The 2017 winner is “We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book” by Laurie Keller.



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