Kids Award Books

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Beginning Readers

The Geisel Award – named for Dr. Seuss – is given each year to an outstanding book for beginning readers.

Learn more and check out Geisel titles on the Geisel Award’s website.

The Monarch Award

K – 3rd Graders

Every year, twenty outstanding books for K through 3rd graders are chosen as Monarch Nominees. Any Kindergartener through 3rd grade reader in Illinois who has read or listened to at least five of the books is welcome to vote on their favorite to help pick the winner.

You can vote on your favorite in the Children’s Department each February!

Learn more and check out Monarch titles on the Monarch Award’s website.

The Caldecott Medal

Picture Books

This award is given each year to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Learn more and check out Caldecott Medal titles on the Caldecott Medal website.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award

Preschool – 12th Grade

This award is given in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and acknowledges works that embody their ideals.  The titles are also written and/or illustrated by African Americans.

Learn more and check out Coretta Scott King Book Award titles on the Coretta Scott King Book Award website.

The Bluestem Award

3rd – 5th Grade

Every year, twenty outstanding books for 3rd through 5th graders are chosen as Bluestem Nominees. Any 3rd through 5th grade reader in Illinois who has read at least four of the books is welcome to vote on their favorite to help pick the winner.

You can vote on your favorite in the Children’s Department each February!

Learn more and check out Bluestem titles on the Bluestem Award’s website.

The John Newbery Medal

Children of All Ages

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to the most outstanding children’s book published the previous year.  Honor books are also selected.

Learn more and check out Newbery titles on the John Newbery Medal website.

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

4th – 8th Grade

Every year, twenty outstanding books for 4th through 8th graders are chosen as Caudill Nominees. Any 4th through 8th grade reader in Illinois who has read three of the books is welcome to vote on their favorite to help pick the winner.

You can vote on your favorite in the Children’s Department each February!

Learn more and check out Caudill titles on the Caudill Award’s website.