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Book Awards & Annual Lists

  • Amelia Bloomer Book List – Selected by a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Roundtable. A lite of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18).”
  • Arab American Book Awards (Children’s/Young Adult category, winner and honorable mentions): Run by the Arab American National Museum’s Library & Resources Center. Created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. Books published in the calendar year, announced in the summer following the award year. 2017 award winners.
  • American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award – AILA is an affiliate of ALA. The award is presented every two years to recognize the most outstanding contributions to children’s literature by and about American Indians. Winner and honor books in three categories: Picture Book, Middle School, and Young Adult.
  • Américas Award – Selected by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Honors quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. Up to two awards (for primary and secondary reading levels) are given in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature – Selected by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. Three categories of youth literature are awarded, one winner and one honor book in each: Young Adult, Children’s Literature, and Picture Book.
  • Carter G. Woodson Book Awards – Presented presented to exemplary books written for children and young people” by the National Council for the Social Studies. Eacy year winners and honor books are selected in three categories: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary.
  • Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award – Presented by CALA, and affiliate of ALA, “to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or Chinese language, that are originally published in North America.”
  • Children’s Africana Book Awards – Selected by Africa Access, an organization to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their K-12 collections on Africa, in collaboration with in collaboration with the Outreach council of the African Studies Association.
  • Coretta Scott King Award – Given by ALA “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.” Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
  • Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award – Sponsored by The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilites in collaboration with Special Needs Project. Given in even years “to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s books.”
  • James Cook Book Award – Given by the Ohio Library Council for a teen book that promotes cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. Winner and honor books chosen in odd years.
  • Jane Addams Book Award – Chosen by The Jane Addams Peace Association. to recognize ” recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.” Winners and honor books are selected in two categories: Books for Younger Children and Books for Older Children.
  • John Steptoe New Talent Award – “Occasionally given [ALA] for young authors or illustrators who demonstrate outstanding promise at the beginning of their careers.”
  • Lambda Literary Awards – Lambda Literary, an organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature, selects books in many adult categories, but includes one youth literature category, LGBT Children’s/Young Adult.
  • Middle East Book Award – Given by Middle East Outreach Council, a national network of educators dedicated to disseminating apolitical and nonpartisan information, resources and activities furthering understanding about the Middle East, recognizing quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East and its component societies and cultures. Winners and honorable mention titles selected in three categories: Picture Book, Youth Literature, and Youth Nonfiction.
  • Notable Books for a Global Society – Selected by a committee of the Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world are chosen. To be eligible for NBGS annual list, a book must have been published in the United States the previous year.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books – Selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). Books, primarily for children in grades K-8, that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences…”
  • Outstanding International Books List – International books (published or distributed in the US, but originating in a country otehr than the US) selected by the United States Board on Books for Young People, and published each year in the February issue of School Library Journal and as a bookmark.
  • Pura Belpre Award – Co-sponsored by ALA divisions, REFORMA and ALSC. Winner and honor books are presented in two categories: Author, and Illustrator.
  • The Rainbow Project Book List – Selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of ALA. A list of recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.
  • Schneider Family Book Award – Selected by an ALA Commitee to honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Winners selected in three categories: Teen Book, Middle School Book, Young Children’s Book. Bibliography.
  • Skipping Stones Honors List – Skipping Stones magazine selects an annual list of books which “promote and understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and encourage a deeper understandig of the world’s diversity.
  • South Asia Book Award – The yearly book award presented by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium. Winners and honor books in two categories: K-3 and 4-7.
  • Stonewall Book Award – Sponsored by ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Awards presented for children and teens: Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, plus Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award – Presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Gold and silver medals, and notable books are named in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers.
  • Tomás Rivera Book Award – Developed by the Texas State University College of Education to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. Winners in two categories: Works for Younger Readers and Works for Older Readers.
  • Walter Awards – Selected by a judging committee from We Need Diverse Books. Awards and honor books are named in two categories: Teen and Young Readers.


Best of 2017:
Want Diversity, Hope and Healing? Open a Book by Cindy Long. NEA Today, December 8, 2017.


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Want to keep up? These podcasts talk about diversity issues:

Code Switch – NPR: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Code Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes, we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic.”
Latino USA – NPR: Latino news and cultural weekly radio program.
Nancy – NPR: “BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today.”
Otherhood – PRI:
About Race – Panoply: “Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.”
Mashable list of Diversity Podcasts.
PlayerFM list of Diversity Podcasts.


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