Activity ETL402: Children’s literary awards

One of the things we’ve been looking at as a class are the various children’s literary awards.  I’ll not dwell on the usual Caldecott / Newbery / Kate Greenaway type award, but would like to highlight a few of the awards the class suggested that particularly relate to socio-emotional or multi-cultural issues, as that is the direction that my interest is falling.

  • The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.


    Green Earth Book Awards

    “The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 80 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. The award continues to garner attention from the literary world as an esteemed award, bringing recognition to authors, but more importantly, providing the award-winning books to children.”

    Schneider Family Book Awards

    This is awarded to “an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences”. It is divided into teen, middle school and children’s sections. Books are selected by a jury consisting of seven members of the American Library Association.

    Hans Christian Anderson Awards

    The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books every second year. The recipient is selected by a jury of international children’s literature specialists.

    This award is made biennially by the South Australian State Group of the Psychologist for Peace Interest Group. The Children’s Peace Literature Award encourages the dissemination of information related to peaceful means of resolving conflict and promoting peace at the global, local and interpersonal level. There are books judged in 2 categories-Junior readers and Books for Older readers. The books are judged on the extent to which they promote peace as well as literary merit.


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