While the ALA awards for children's books and media (among them the Newbery and Caldcott awards) may be the most well-known, there are many other worthy awards for children's books as well. All of these are excellent sources for those looking for great reads for the children in their lives.
For instance, the Cybils. Announced on Valentine's Day, these are awards given by the children's literature blogging community in a wide range of categories.
Then there is this year's British Red House Children's Book Award that has just gone to Patrick Ness's A Monster Calls. This award is given by British children --- that is they nominate titles from which a shortlist is created and then vote for the winner.
This year's Newbery winner, Jack Gantos's Dead End in Norvelt, also snagged another children's book award --- the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
Another unique award is the Charlotte Zolotow Award is given to "annually to the author of the best picture book text published in the United States in the preceding year." This year it went to Patrick McDonnell's Me... Jane.
Still to come are:
- The Irma Black Award, is another award given by children, American in this case. The process is underway right now -- check out this blog for more information.
- The Children's Choice Awards, jointly overseen by the Children's Book Council and the International Reading Association, are also determined by child votes in the U.S.
- The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are selected by a committee of knowledgeable adults.
A version of this post is also at educating alice>.