As part of the research for this topic, I have been looking at book awards and prizes. One of my past jobs was working for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and this exposed me to the wonderful world of children’s literature and the amazing array of talent we have in this field in Australia. I’m still hooked on children’s literature many years later. The CBCA Shortlist and Book of the Year Awards are a prized thing among Australian children’s authors and have been awarded annually for more than 50 years now. Author Will Kostakis was on the committee for the Book Council at the time I worked for them and is himself on the Shortlist in the Older Reader’s category this year. So many wonderful authors and illustrators on this list.
If you are a school or public librarian, do you use Awards and Prize lists to help choose the books you will buy for your collection? I found a few from around the world:
- The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards – awarded by children’s librarians
- The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – an international award designed to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature
- The Newbery Medal – to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- The Caldecott Medal – to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children
- Burt Award for African literature – a literary prize that recognizes excellence in young adult fiction from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya
- The Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award – presented biennially for an outstanding book for children, to recognise and inspire excellence in children’s literature published in Singapore.