Literacy Links

Welcome to the Spaghetti Book Club's Literacy Links.

Are you looking for a great book to read or recommend to someone you know?

Check out our book reviews or choose from the recommended book lists and award winning books below.


The Center for Children's Books - An extensive resource of book awards in a variety of categories, including: genre, interest, culture and region.

Caldecott Medal & Honor Books - Winners of the American Library Association's annual award given to the best illustrated children's book. Winners and Honor Books from 1938-present. (2013 winners and honors)
The Children's Book Review - Brief reviews of books in many different categories and genres.
Children's Choice Book Award - Every year, children in selected states vote on their favorite books. Winning books from each state are listed. Children's Choice is a project cosponsored by IRA (International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council.)
Coretta Scott King Award - "Outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values." (2013 winners).
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Writer Awards and New Illustrator Awards to recognize and encourage new authors and illustrators starting out in the field of children’s books. (2013 winners).
Newberry Medal Honor Books - Winners of the American Library Association's annual award to the most distinguished children's book of the year. (2013 winners)
Teens and Young Adults:

American Library Association - Best Books for Young Adults
Best Books for Tweens/Teens - This page has links to award winning books and many "best of" lists for young adult books in categories including: reluctant readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, popular paperbacks and audiobooks. Adlit is a great resource for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12, providing information on reading, writing, hot topics in adolescent literacy and information on the Common Core Classroom. 

State Book Awards
Each year, children in every state vote for their favorite books from a selected book list. Below are links to each state's winners.

Alabama
Alabama Camellia Award
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award


Arizona
Grand Canyon Reader Award


Arkansas
Arkansas Diamond Primary State Book Award (k-3)
Charlie May Simon Award (4-6)


California
California Young Reader Medal


Colorado
Colorado Children's Book Award
Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award (Middle-High School)


Connecticut
Nutmeg Award


Delaware
Delaware Diamonds
Blue Hen Award


Florida
Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award (grades k-2)
Florida Teens Read
Sunshine State Young Readers' Award (grades 3-8)


Georgia
Georgia Children's Book Award
Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (+)


Hawaii
Nene Award


Idaho
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (+)


Illinois
Bluestem Award
Monarch Award (grades k-3)
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (grades 4-8)
Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award


Indiana
Indiana Reads Aloud
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (+)
Young Hoosier Book Award


Iowa
Iowa Children's Choice Award (grades 3-6)
Iowa GoldFinch Award (grades k-3)
Iowa Teen Award (grades 6-9)
Iowa High School Book Award (+)


Kansas
Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award
Heartland Award (+)
William Allen White Children's Book Award


Kentucky
Kentucky Bluegrass Award (+)


Louisiana
Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award


Maine
Chikadee Award
Katahdin Award
Maine Student Book Award
Maine Lupine Award


Maryland
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award


Massachusettes
Massachusettes Book Award


Michigan
The Mitten Award
Thumbs Up! Award
Great Lakes Great Books Award


Minnesota
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
Minnesota Book Awards


Missouri
Missouri Building Block Award
Show me Readers Award (grades 1-3)
Mark Twain Readers Award (grades 4-6)
Gateway Readers Award (grades 9-12)
Truman Readers Award (grades 6-8)


Montana
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award
Montana Treasure State Award
Nebraska
Golden Sower Award


Nevada
Nevada Young Readers Award


New Hampshire
New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award (grades k-3)
The Flume: New Hampshire's Teen Readers Choice Award
Great Stone Face Award (grades 4-6)
Isinglass Award (grades 7-8)


New Jersey
The Garden State Children's Book Awards
The Garden State Teen Book Awards


New York
Charlotte Award
The Young Reader 3 Apples Book Award (pre-K - grade 2)
3 Apple Book Award (grades 3-6)
The Teen 3 Apples Book Award (grades 7-12)


North Carolina
North Carolina's Children's Book Award
NCSLMA YA Book Award


North Dakota
Flicker Tail Children's Book Award


Ohio
Buckeye Children's Book Award
The Teen Buckeye Book Award


Oklahoma
Sequoyah Book Award (grades 3-5)
Sequoyah Book Award (middle school)
Sequoyah Book Award (high school)


Oregon
Oregon's Reader's Choice Award
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award
Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award


Pennsylvania
Young Children's Choice Award
Keystone to Reading Book Awards


Rhode Island
Rhode Island Teen Book Award
Rhode Island Childrens Book Award
Rhode Island Teen Book Award


South Carolina
South Carolina Association of School Librarians Book Award


South Dakota
Prairie Bud Children's Book Award (grades k-3)
Prarie Pasque Children's Book Award (grades 4-6)


Tennessee
Volunteer State Book Award


Texas
Texas Bluebonnet Award
June Franklin Naylor Award
Texas Institute of Letters Award
Writrs' League of Texas Children's Book Award


Utah
Beehive Awards


Vermont
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
Red Clover Award
Green Mountain Book Award


Virginia
Jefferson Cup Award
Young Readers Award


Washington D.C.
Capitol Choices


Washington State
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award
Sasqatch Reading Award
Washington Childrens Choice Picture Book Award


West Virginia
West Virginia Childrens Book Award


Wisconsin
Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
Golden Archer Award
Notable Wisconsin Childrens Author


Wyoming
Buckaroo Book Award
Indian Paintbrush Book Award
Soaring Eagle Book Award


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