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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Children's and Young Adult Literature: Web Resources

Book Awards

Awards identify books considered to be the "best" in children's literature. Click the award link for listings of winning titles.

Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book.

Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to literature for children. 

Coretta Scott King Award for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions that promote understanding and appreciation of the cultures of all peoples.

Pura Belpre Award for works that celebrate the Latino/Latina experience in children's books.

NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) list of outstanding science books.

Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction.

Comprehensive Listings:

Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) for additional awards and notable lists.

Database of Award Winning books lists 89 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland).

State Awards for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Notable Web Sites

Carol Hurst Children's Literature Site a collection of reviews of great books for kids and ideas of ways to use them in the classroom.

CCBC: Cooperative Children's Book Center

Children's Literature on the Web excellent site, but not recently updated.

Cynthia Leitich Smith Children's and YA Literature

Database of Award Winning Children's Literature

International Children's Digital Library a collection of children's books from around the world.

Nancy Keane's Children's Literature ready to use book talks, lists of recommended readings, book reviews by children.

Oyate Native American Organization working to see that Native stories are portrayed honestly.  Provides critical evaluations of books and curricula with Native American themes.

Read/Write/Think free materials for reading and language arts instruction.

South Asian Children's Books

StoryPlace: The Children's Digital Library - pages of stories and activities.

Best Sellers

New York Times Book Review - Select the children's list.

Publisher's Weekly - Bestselling Children's Fiction

Bestselling books on Amazon by year - Select year on the left.