Our newest display in the library is of some recent Children's Book Award Winners. Most everyone is familiar with the Newbery Award and the Caldicott Award, but do you know about the Geisel? Or the Sibert? Here's a quick run-down of some major awards.
Caldicott Award: A medal presented annually, also by the ALA, to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in the preceding year. 2010 Winner: "The Lion and the Mouse" by Jerry Pinkney
Newbery Award: A medal presented annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States in the preceding year. 2010 Winner: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead
Batchelder Award: Another ALA award, this one awarded for outstanding translated book for children.
Sibert Award: Given annually for the most distinguished informational (nonfiction) book for children, awarded by the ALA.
Theodore Geisel Award: Given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. The winner(s), recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award: Awarded by the New England Library Association for overall excellence in nonfiction, picture book, and poetry categories.