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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. (most recent 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.) children's list
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".(most recent winner)
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. (most recent winner)
Newberry Medal Honor Books- Winners of the American Library Association's annual award to the most distinguished children's book of the year. (most recent winner)
Pura Belpré Award-Winners of the American Library Association's annual award to the most distinguished children's book of the year. (most recent winner)

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

Grand Canyon Reader Award

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

California Young Reader Medal

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

Nutmeg Award

Delaware Diamonds
Blue Hen Award

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

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

Nene Award

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

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

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 (+)

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

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (+)

Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award

Chikadee Award
Katahdin Award
Maine Student Book Award
Maine Lupine Award

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award

Massachusettes Book Award

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

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
Minnesota Book Awards

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)

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

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

Buckeye Children's Book Award
The Teen Buckeye Book Award

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

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

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)

Volunteer State Book Award

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

Beehive Awards

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
Red Clover Award
Green Mountain Book Award

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

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

Buckaroo Book Award
Indian Paintbrush Book Award
Soaring Eagle Book Award