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Literary Awards & Lists

Lists of Bests

100 Greatest Adventure Books - National Geographic

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

All-TIME 100 Novels (1932Present) - Time Magazine

Best Novels You've Never Read - New York Times

Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

Modern Library 100 Best (Nonfiction)

NPR's Top 100 SF/Fantasy Novels

Radcliffe Publishing Course 100 Best Books

Awards & Prizes

General & Literary Awards

Audie Awards - Best audio books

Australia-Asia Literary Award

Costa Book Awards - Literature of the UK and Ireland

IMPAC Award - International literary award

Man Booker Prize - Author is a citizen of UK Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe

National Book Awards

Nobel Prize in Literature

Orange Prize - Novels by women written in English

PEN/Faulkner Awards - National fiction award (U.S.)

Pulitzer Prize

Scotiabank Giller Prize - Literature of Canada

Genre Book Awards

Agatha Awards - Mystery

Bram Stoker Awards - Horror

Christy Awards - Inspirational

Edgar Awards - Mystery

James Beard Award - Cookbooks

Hugo Awards - Science Fiction

Nebula Awards - Science Fiction & Fantasy

RITA Awards - Romance

Spur Awards - Westerns

Children & Teen Book Awards

ALA Best Books for Young Adults

ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Alex Awards - Best adult books for teen readers

Caldecott Medal - Picture books

Coretta Scott King Award - Presented annually to African American writers and illustrators for "outstanding inspirational and educational contributions"

DAWCL -  "Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature"; a librarian-compiled, searchable database with search terms including gender and ethnicity/nationality of protagonist, suggested age range of reader, setting, historical period, publication year, and more

Golden Kite Awards - The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's award for excellence in the field of children's books

Kentucky Book Award (Kentucky Bluegrass Award) - Annual best books list from 1983 to the present, as selected by Kentucky students. Master lists are organized by year and grade level (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, K–2)

National Book Awards - See Children's Books categories and Young People's Literature

Newbery Medal - Youth literature

Printz Awards - For literary excellence in YA literature

Robert F. Sibert Medal - Informational books for children

Sid Fleischman Award - Best humor writing for children

Geisel Medal - Beginning reader books

William C. Morris YA Debut Award


last updated 10/28/11