I learned very quickly that they were more likely to purchase titles which had won awards, so I relied heavily on book award lists to help me make my picks. Here are some I used back then, and more I recently found:
Carter G. Woodson Book Award and Honor
This award is given annually to the most distinguished social science books that depict ethnicity in the United States. Awards are given at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels.
The Américas Award
This award is given to books of all genres published in the United States in English or Spanish that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Awards are given to different levels of children’s books from picture books to YA books.
The Correta Scott King Book Award
Given to African American authors and illustrator whose books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.
The Jane Addams Children's Book Award
This annual award is given to children’s books that promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races.
The Pura Belpré Award
This award is presented 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.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award
This award is presented annually to outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
The Tomás Rivera Award
This annual award is given to authors and illustrating depicting the culture and values of Mexican Americans.
The Schneider Family Book Award
This award honors an author or illustrator for a book portrays some aspect of living with disabilities.
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award
This award is given to an American publisher for an outstanding children’s book that was originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and translated into English and published in the United State. The award promotes communication and understanding among people of different races, cultures, languages, etc.
And much thanks to Abby for pointing these out to me:
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL)
"The goal is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit. "
"The children's book award was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. "
Are there others out there I’ve missed?
Be sure to check out Wizards Wireless this Monday for the January Carnival of Children's Literature. The theme? Book Awards!