State Awards for Children's
and Young Adult Books

Links to U.S. Readers'-Choice &
Other-Criteria Awards, by state

CYALR is honored to host this list with permission.

The links to sites about children's literature awards by states were originally compiled by Melissa Depper of Colorado's Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Committee in January 2000 for PUBYAC, a discussion list for Children's and Young Adult Librarians in Public Libraries. It was not intended to be comprehensive. Melissa updated the list in May 2005.

Cyn NOTES: Cynthia Leitich Smith is an author, not an awards coordinator for any state program. If you find a broken link or have any suggestions, please write.

U.S. Reader's-Choice Awards, by State

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Alabama

Alabama Camellia Award

Alaska

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (+)

Arizona
Arizona Young Readers Awards (+)

Grand Canyon Reader Award (formerly the Arizona Young Reader Award):

Arkansas

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award (grades K-3)

Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (grades 4-6)

California

California Young Reader Medal (+)

Colorado

Colorado Children's Book Award

Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award (+)

Connecticut

Nutmeg Children's Book Award

Delaware

Delaware Diamonds

Blue Hen Book Award

Florida

Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award (grades K-2)

Florida Teens Read

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (grades 3-8)

Georgia

Georgia Children's Book Award http://www.coe.uga.edu/gcba/

Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (+)

Hawaii

Nene Award

Idaho

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (+)

Illinois

Bluestem Award

Monarch Award (grades K-3)

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (grades 4-8)
http://www.rcyrba.org/

Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award (+)

Indiana

Indiana Read Alouds

Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (+)

Young Hoosier Book Award

Iowa

Iowa Children's Choice Award (grades 3-6)

Iowa Goldfinch Award (K-3)

Iowa Teen Award (+) (grades 6-9)

Iowa High School Book Award (+)

Kansas

Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award

Heartland Award (+)

William Allen White Children's Book Award

Kentucky

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (+)

Louisiana

Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award

Maine

Chickadee Award

Maine Student Book Award

Maryland

Black-eyed Susan Book Award

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Children's Book Award

Michigan

The Mitten Award

Thumbs Up! Award

Great Lakes Great Books Award (+)

Minnesota

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award

Mississippi

Magnolia Award

Missouri

Missouri Building Block Award

Show Me Readers Award (grades 1-3)

Mark Twain Readers Award (grades 4-6)

Gateway Readers Award (+)

The Truman Readers Award (grades 6-8)

Montana

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (+)

Montana Treasure State Award

Nebraska

Golden Sower Award (+)

Nevada

Nevada Young Readers Award (+)

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award (grades preK-3)

The Flume: New Hampshire's Teen Readers Choice Award

Great Stone Face Award (grades 4-6)

Isinglass Award (grades 7-8)

New Jersey

The Garden State Children's Book Awards

The Garden State Teen Book Awards (+)

New Mexico

Land of Enchantment Book Award (+)

New York

Charlotte Award

North Carolina

North Carolina Children's Book Award

NCSLMA YA Book Award

North Dakota

Flicker Tale Children's Book Award

Ohio

Buckeye Children's Book Award

The Teen Buckeye Book Award

Oklahoma

Sequoyah Book Award (+)

Oregon

Oregon Reader's Choice Award: a new award from Oregon'’s youth librarians and reading teachers. The junior division is 4th to 6th grade. The intermediate division is 7th to 9th grade. The senior division is 10th to 12th grade. Note: Oregon students in grades 4 to 12 may vote.

Oregon is no longer participating in the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Awards.

Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

Eloise Jarvis McGraw Aaward for Children's Literature

Leslie Bradshaw Aard for Young Adult Literature

Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award

Keystone to Reading Book Award

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Rhode Island Teen Book Award (+)

South Carolina

South Carolina Book Awards (+)

South Dakota

Prairie Bud Children's Book Award (grades K-3)

Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award (grades 4-6)

South Dakota Library Association Teen Choice Award (YARP)

Tennessee

Volunteer State Book Award (+)

Texas

2 x 2 (ages two through second grade)

Lone Star (grades 6-8)

Maverick Graphic Novels List

Tayshas (high school)

Texas Bluebonnet Award (grades 3-6)

CYn noteS: this site also hosts Texas Children's Books, Authors, and Illustrators. Any Texas teacher or librarian with URLs to other Texas awards is encouraged to write me with that information.

Utah

Beehive Awards (+)

Vermont

Red Clover Award (grades K-4)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (grades 4-8)

Green Mountain Book Award

Virginia

Jefferson Cup Award

Virginia Young Readers Award (+)

Washington

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Readers' Choice Award (+)

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award (grades K-3)

Sasquatch Award (grades 4-8)

Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (+)

West Virginia

West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award

Wisconsin

Golden Archer Award

Wyoming

Buckaroo Book Award (grades K-3)

Indian Paintbrush Book Award (grades 4-6)

Soaring Eagle Award (+) (grades 7-12)

other-criteria U.S. Awards, by state

Colorado

Bell Picture Book Awards

Connecticut

The Connecticut Book Award

Iowa

Iowa Author Awards

Indiana

Read Aloud Books Too Good To Miss

Kansas

Kansas Notable Book List

Maine

Katahdin Award

The Lupine Award

Michigan

Michigan Author Award

Minnesota

Minnesota Book Awards (Children's Literature)

Minnesota Book Awards (Young People's Literature)

Montana

Montana Book Award

New Mexico

New Mexico Book Awards

New York

Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Book Awards (Oklahoma Center of the Book)

Oregon

Oregon Book Award

Pennsylvania

Carolyn W. Field Award (unclear if this is readers' choice or not).

Texas

June Franklin Naylor Award (alternate link here)

Spirit of Texas (middle school)

Spirit of Texas (high school)

Texas Institute of Letters

TSRA Golden Spur (elementary/K-3 and intermediate)

Writers' League of Texas Teddy Children's Book Award

Wisconsin

The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award

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