Illinois Awards for Kids
Monarch (Grades K–3)
The Illinois School Library Media Association’s Monarch Award was created to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings.
Bluestem (Grades 3–5)
The Illinois School Library Media Association’s Bluestem Award is designed for students who are ready for longer titles than Monarch, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some Caudill titles.
Rebecca Caudill (Grades 4–8)
The Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award recognizes 20 outstanding books per year for Grades 4–8. Rebecca Caudill was an Illinois writer who won many awards and honors.
Illinois Awards for Teens
Abraham Lincoln (Grades 9–12)
The Illinois School Library Media Association’s Abraham Lincoln Award is awarded to the book that earns the highest number of student votes. This award is designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers.
Read for a Lifetime (Grades 9–12)
Read for a Lifetime promotes the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature.
Caldecott Medal (Kids)
The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. It is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Newbery Medal (Kids)
The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. It is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
National Book Award (All Ages)
The National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation. Prizes are awarded in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
Coretta Scott King Award (Kids & Teens)
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.
Pura Belpré Award (Kids & Teens)
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.
Printz Award (Teen)
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.
Pulitzer Prize (Adult)
The Pulitzer Prize’s beautiful website details its history as well as its yearly awards.
- Fiction recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
- History recognizes a distinguished and appropriately documented book on the history of the United States.
- Biography and Autobiography recognizes a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author.
- General Non-Fiction recognizes a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author.
- Poetry recognizes a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.