Most of us have seen the stickers on newly-minted, award-winning books. There is usually a gold or silver sticker on the front used to show us how great the book is. But, what is that award?
Let's break it down.
Award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. It has been awarded since 1922 and includes books like Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and most recently, Last Stop on Market Street.
Award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The text could still be complex, even though it is a picture book. It has been awarded since 1938 and includes A Sick Day for Amos McGee, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and most recently, Finding Winnie.
Odyssey Award - New Award
Award goes to the producer of the best audiobook produced for juveniles in English, in the United States. It has been awarded since 2008 and includes The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and most recently, H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination.
This award is given to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work affirms the Latino cultural experience. There are two separate awards - one for a written work and one for the illustrations. They have always been two different books, each year. This award has been given since 1996 and works include Magic Windows, Esperanza Rising and most recently, I Lived on Butterfly Hill.
This is awarded to authors and illustrators who make an impactful difference in African American books. It is awarded in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. It has been awarded since 1970. Past winners include Escape to Freedom, Bud Not Buddy, and most recently Gone Crazy in Alabama.
This is awarded to authors who greatly impact the LGBT community. It has been awarded since 1971 and titles include And the Band Played On, The Laramie Project and most recently The Gods of Tango.
This award is given to authors and illustrators who have made a substantial impact in children's literature over a period of time. This award is not awarded every year. The first award was in 1954 to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Past winners include E.B. White, Maurice Sendak, Donald Crews and most recently Jerry Pinkney.
This is awarded to the best children's book published in another language and country and then translated into English for distribution in the United States. It has been awarded since 1968 and includes The Island on Bird Street and The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy.
This is given to the authors of beginning readers in the United States, published in English. It has been awarded since 2006 and includes Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas, The Watermelon Seed and most recently, Don't Throw It to Mo!
This is awarded to authors and illustrators for informational books published in the United States. It has been awarded since 2001 and includes The Voice that Challenged a Nation, We Are the Ship, Almost Astronauts and most recently, Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.
This award is given to the most awesome (just checking if you're reading) video production for children. It has been awarded since 1991 and winners include Ralph S. Mouse, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, and most recently, This is NOT a Good Idea!
The more you know...Enjoy!