Book Ideas for Kids

Curious about award-winning books? Here are lists of some award-winning books we have in our library.

Maine Student Book Award Winners and Honor Books

 

  •  The Maine Student Book Award is designed to expand literary horizons of students in grades 4-8 by encouraging them to read, evaluate, and enjoy a selection of new books and to choose a statewide favorite by written ballot each spring. For more information about the award, visit their website.

 

Chickadee Book Award Winners and Honor Books

 

  •  The Chickadee Book Award's goal is for children to develop an appreciation of outstanding writing and illustration in current children’s picture books through participation in the program. We hope they will become discriminating readers by voting for their favorite book. For more information, visit their website.

 

 

Lupine Book Award Winners and Honor Books

 

  •  The Lupine Award is designed to honor a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine, as shown through the work’s characterization, plot or setting.  An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year. For more information, visit their website.

 

Katahdin Award Winners' Books 

 

  • The Katahdin Award is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes an outstanding body of work of children’s literature in Maine. The Katahdin Award is designed to honor a living Maine authoror illustrator. An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year. For more information, visit their website.

 

Caldecott Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. For more information, visit their website.

 

Newbery Winner and Honor Books

 

  • 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. For more information, visit their website.

 

Coretta Scott King Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  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.    Find out more at their website.

 

Pura Belpre Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  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. Find out more information at their website.

 

Sibert Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award. Find out more information at their website.

 

Geisel Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  The Geisel Award is 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. Find out more information at their website.

 

Schneider Winner and Honor Books

 

  •  The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Find out more information at their website.