Book Awards

Newbery Medal and Honor Books

Established 1922. A medal presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States in the preceding year. The recipients must be citizens or residents of the United States.

Often Honor Books are named. There is no limit on the number of Honor Books, and none need be named. Usually, two or three Honor Books are named in addition to the medal winner each year.

Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

Established 1938. A medal presented annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the United States in the preceding year. The recipient must be a citizen or resident of the United States. There is no limit on the number of Honor Books, and none need be named.

Coretta Scott King Award

Established 1969. Designed to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in continuing to work for peace and world brotherhood. Presented annually to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution published during the previous year. The separate award for illustrator was added in 1979.

Florida Teens Read

Florida Teens Read is a list of 15 titles that have been chosen by a committee of thirteen media specialists specifically to engage high school students (grades 9 through 12) and reflect their interests as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.

Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award is sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and FAME, the Florida Association for Media in Education. SSYRA is one of the top reading motivational programs in the country, and an important part of FAME, the Florida school library media professional organization.