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Award-Winning Books

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Tulsa Awards & Honors

Children Make Terrible Pets Books to Treasure – Every November the Tulsa City-County Library celebrates Books to Treasure. A special program aimed at promoting the beauty of children’s literature by bringing a prominent illustrator to Tulsa. Every 2nd grader in Tulsa County receives a copy of a featured book by the illustrator and the chance to get a special Books to Treasure Library card. This program is sponsored by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. Past winners include Marla Frazee, Arthur Howard, Janet Stevens, Lisa Campbell Ernst, Floyd Cooper, Jim Arnosky, Brad Sneed, Steve Jenkins, Grace Lin. Mo Willems and Peter Brown.
Dead End Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature – Started in 1991, the Award for Young Readers' Literature is given annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 1992, it was permanently named in honor of Anne V. Zarrow. Its purpose is to give formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to nationally acclaimed authors who have made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children and young adults.

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Oklahoma Books Awards

Chicken Donna Norvell Oklahoma Book Award - The Donna Norvell Book Award honors a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children grades 3 and under. These works are defined as those written and illustrated to present, organize and interpret material for children.
Dragon Sequoyah Children's Book Award - The Sequoyah Book Awards program encourages the students of Oklahoma to read books of literary quality. Students in grades 3 - 5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Children's Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Children's Sequoyah Book Award. Criteria for selection include: published three years prior to the award date, author lives in the United States, originality, literary quality, interest, appeal, and developmentally appropriate for the designated age level.
See past Sequoyah Children's Award Winners

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National Book Awards

A Ball for Daisy Caldecott Medal- 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.
Dead End Newbery Medal - 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. The 2012 Medal winner is Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
Heart and Soul Coretta Scott King Book Awards - The Coretta Scott King Awards are 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." The Coretta Scott King Book Awards include an author award, an illustrator award, and a new talent author award.

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Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement - This award is presented every two years to an African American author, illustrator, or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.
Diego The Pura Belpré Awards - The Pura Belpré Awards, established in 1996, are presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Tales The Geisel Award – This award is named for the world-renowned children’s author, Theodor Geisel. Better known as Dr. Seuss. The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
Rotters The Odyssey Award– This annual award is given by the by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the producer of the best audio book produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
Balloons Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal - This annual award is given by the by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year.
Strega Nona The Wilder Medal – This award, named for author Laura Ingalls Wilder, is given every two years to an author or illustrator whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. This award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Children Make Terrible Pets The Carnegie Medal – The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year.This award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Solider Bear The Mildred L. Batchelder Award - The Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.
Close to Famous The Schneider Family Book Award - The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. There was no 2012 winner in the children's category.

Children’s Notable ListsEvery year the Association for Library Service to Children publishes lists of the best children's books, recordings, videos, and computer software. According to the ALSC website, a notable item is “worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding.”

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