Prince William Public Libraries

Book Awards

Caldecott Award The most distinguished American picture books for children
Newbery Award The most distinguished contribution to American literature for youth up to age 14
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (Every year the top 100 books are selected by Washington, DC metropolitan area librarians)
Virginia Jefferson Cup Award Distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people
Virginia Readers’ Choice Noteworthy titles, grouped in four levels, chosen by the Virginia Assoc. of School Librarians, Va. Library Assoc., and the Library of Va. Youth Services


ALA Notable lists Books that are of especially commendable quality for youth through age 14.
Alex Awards Books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults age 12-18.
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Notable audio recordings
Amelia Bloomer Book List Books representing excellence in writing with significant feminist content.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honors and recognizes individual works about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
Best Fiction for Young Adults For readers ages 12 to 18.
Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult books.
Children’s Literature Legacy Award Honors an author or illustrator whose books have made a lasting contribution to literature for children; awarded every 2 years.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards Outstanding African-American authors and illustrators.
Great Graphic Novels for Teens Excellent quality and appealing reading for teens ages 12 to 18
Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults Honors an author’s specific body of work that has been popular over a period of time.
Michael L. Printz Award Literary excellence in young adult literature.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award Most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English.
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Excellence in writing nonfiction for children.
Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Awarded to the producer of the best audiobook for youth available in English.
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Lists of topical titles that are widely available.
Pura Belpre Award Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino cultural experience for youth.
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.
Schneider Family Book Award Honors an author or illustrator whose book embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for youth.
Scott O’Dell Award Author of a distinguished work of historical fiction set in America for young people.
Stonewall Book Award Awarded for exceptional merit relating to the GLBT experience.
Sydney Taylor Book Award Recognizes the best in children’s literature of Jewish.
Teens Top Ten Teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.
Theodore Seuss Geisel Award Awards authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award Honors a debut book by a first time author writing for teens.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Honors the best nonfiction book for ages 12 to 18.
YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Selected for teens age 12 to 18.
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers Titles to encourage reading among teens ages who dislike reading.