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There are numerous resources that the library has to help you and your family find what to read next. Through librarian-curated newsletters and a BookMatch System, you can find award-winning children’s books, explore new topics as a family, or find more books on your child's favorite subjects.

Take a look at these award-winning titles!

NCTE Charlotte Huck Award: This award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children that has the potential to transform their lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.

Newbery Medals and Honors: The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Randolph Caldecott Medal: The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Phoenix Award: The Children's Literature Association Phoenix Award recognizes books of exceptional literary merit.

Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award: The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award recognizes authentic portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in books for children and youth.

Coretta Scott King Book Narrative Award: This award commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors Mrs. Coretta Scott King. It's awarded annually to recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. The illustration award list can be found here.

Pura Belpre Award: The Pura Belpré Award is presented to a Latino writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. Find the illustration winners here.

Robert F. Sibert Award: The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English for its significant contribution to children’s literature.

Cardinal Cup Award: The Cardinal Cup Award (formerly the Jefferson Cup) was established in 1982 to honor a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author and illustrator of the most distinguished contribution to the work of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature: The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

Schneider Family Book Award: The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Each year the Virginia State Literacy Association votes on outstanding books to recommend to readers in the state. Their purpose is to:

  • Encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal,
  • Broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure,
  • Encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and
  • Honor favorite books and their authors.

A winner is announced for each level- Primary, Elementary, Middle School, and High School. The winning book will have gathered the highest number of votes in their category. Check out the current 2021-2022 list.

Virginia Reader's Choice Book List 2021-2022

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