Children's Literature Guide

Finding Honors Books in Library Search

You can use the last name of any of the Awards as search term in Library Search

Example:   Caldecott   or   Newberry  or  Batchelder   If there is more than one word in the award, use quotes  "Minnesota Youth Book Award"

Example of location facet You will get information about the awards, but using the location limit on the left will show you the books in the
  Early Reader  or  Juvenile Fiction sections of the library.   
  Our Library has collected winners since the 1960's so we have a sizable collection.  


The Berntsen Library regularly collects the books selected for any of several awards.   This page also includes sources to help teachers choose "good" books for their classrooms

Randolph Caldecott Medal and Honors  -  Awarded for outstanding illustration (annual)

John Newbery Medal and Honors-  Awarded for outstanding story (annual)

Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA)
    Star of the North Award and Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award-  Children's choice book awards for Minnesota Schools.  Their purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school age children. Nominated titles are works of fiction of recognized quality selected by independent regional reading groups.

Mildred Batchelder Award -  Most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States (annual)

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award  - most distinguished beginning reader book. (annual)

Coretta Scott King Book Award - outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience (annual)

Parent's Choice Awards  Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice Awards® is the nation’s oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children’s toys and media. In a landscape awash with products marketed as “educational,” the Parents’ Choice Awards Program identifies those that live up to the marketing claims. Our selection process screens for originality of design and purpose, long-term learning value, long-term play value, fair market value, and fun. Parents’ Choice Award winners attest to the power of learning through play.

What's a "good" kids book?

Criteria for what constitutes a "good" book for children is as varied as their readers. 

Below are some award criteria that might help. 

Caldecott Award Criteria
Newbery Award Criteria

Choosing and Using Kids Books