Award-Winning Childrens Books
John Newbery Medal, commonly referred to as the Newbery, has been awarded every
year since 1922. It is named for John Newbery, an eighteenth-century British
publisher of juvenile books. The Newbery Medal is awarded to an author of the
most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph
Caldecott. This award has been presented every year since 1938. The Caldecott
Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book
The Coretta Scott King Awards are
presented annually by the American Library Association to honor
African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for
children and young adults. The award was established in 1969 to recognize
authors and was then expanded to include a separate award for illustrators in
1979. These awards are given to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927
to January 30, 2006) for her continuing efforts in working for peace and civil
The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the
Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School
Librarians. Each year, children across Tennessee are asked to read books from a
list of nominated titles. There are three divisions which include--Primary
(Grades K-3), Intermediate (Grades 4-6), and YA (Grades 7 & up). In the
spring, those students who have read or listened to at least three of the
titles from the list are eligible to vote for their favorite titles. The
book with the most votes statewide wins the award.