AWARD WINNING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN LITERARY AND GRAPHIC EXCELLENCE
A special display can be viewed in the Central Children's Department. The display is a
reference collection and is to be used in Library only. Other copies are available for
borrowing throughout the system.
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Medal is awarded to an outstanding
illustrator of a children's book published in Canada in the past year. To be eligible for this
award, an illustrator must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, and the
text of the book must be worthy of the illustrations.
Book of the Year for Children Award
To merit consideration for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children
Medal, a book must have been published in Canada during the past year and its author
must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
John Newbery Award
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 Award
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.
OTHER AWARD WINNERS
The winners listed below are also located in the special display. There should be copies
available for borrowing throughout the system.
Coretta Scott King
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task
Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are
authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding
and appreciation of the "American Dream."
General's Literary Award
The Governor General's Literary Awards are given annually to the best
English-language and the best French-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction,
Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Children's Literature (text), Children's Literature
(illustration) and Translation (from French to English).
The Silver Birch Awards are awarded in June of each year. Grade 4, 5 and 6
students choose winners in Fiction and Non Fiction when they cast their ballots on voting day
in May. The program is administered by the Ontario Library Association and run by teacher
librarians and teachers in schools and by children's librarians in public libraries. Connect to
the Ontario Library Association site, under Reading Programs, to find out about the Silver
Birch Reading Program, past winners, new nominees and more.