Staff Picks: Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again


Colorful bookmarks paired with new, acclaimed children’s books display information about the awards represented in our collection.

September is a month of new starts for many, especially those returning to school. What could be better than kicking things off with new books? At the beginning of the month, Kaitlin and I launched a collection featuring recent award-winning children’s books. These awards that we focused on recognize excellence in writing and illustration, as well as elevating diverse stories. They cover a selection of fiction and nonfiction with topics ranging from serious to super silly – a perfect balance for young readers. We hope that exposing the Teachers College community to these texts gives access to a broad span of new and exciting classroom materials. Whether browsing for lesson plans or just for fun, we’re sure that there’s something here for everyone!

These featured books are moving back to their regular shelves as we make way for October’s staff picks. Keep an eye out for what Services Associate Jasmine has coming to the second floor reading room!

Books displayed in the Award Winners collection are geared towards elementary readers, but we have award winners for middle grade and young adult readers too. Keep reading for a full list of the awards that we focused on, and click on the links for each of their full book listings. Feel free to search for any titles in the TC catalog, or to make a request for a book that we don’t yet have.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

John Newbery Medal

Coretta Scott King Book Award

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Pura Belpré Medal

Mildred A. Batchelder Award

Margaret Wise Brown Prize in Literature

Schneider Family Book Award

Arab American Book Award

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Stonewall Book Award

  • Stonewall Book Awards List (2017 at top of list, 2016 linked at top of page)
    • Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature category

Golden Kite Award

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

American Indian Youth Literature Award

Lambda Literary Award

Amelia Bloomer Book List

ALA Notable Children’s Book List