State & National Book Award Lists

Below is a listing of awards lists featuring suggested reading for youth in all grade levels. Each comes with an annotated list of current book selections with links to the item records in case you wish to place titles on hold.

New York Times Bestseller LogoNew York Times Bestsellers List

Current Annotated List of Top Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction Books (PDF)
Updated each week, this list provides the top 15 fiction and nonfiction titles for hardcover books based on sales, for adult readers.  Current ranks, including how long the title has been on the list, will be present.

Mockingbird Award LogoAISD Mockingbird Awards (Grades K-2)

Current Annotated List (PDF)
Established by Abilene Independent School District as a list of recommended books for a local reading program that began in 1986 to compile a list of suitable reading aloud to children in grades K-2.

Texas Bluebonnet Award LogoTexas Bluebonnet Awards (Grades 3-6)

Current Annotated List (PDF)
Annual award list of 20 recommended titles for youth in grades 3 through 6 and selected by a committee comprised of librarians, teachers, parents, and students.

Lone Star Award LogoLone Star Reading List (Grades 6-8)

Current Annotated List (PDF)
Recommended reading list for students in grades 6 through 8 including popular young adult books selected by public and school librarians in Texas.

Alex Award LogoAlex Awards (Ages 12-18)

Current Alex Award Winners (PDF)
Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12-18, and selected from the previous year's publishing.

Pura Belpre Medal SealBelpre Medal Winners (All Ages)

Pura Belpre Medal Winners (1996 to Present) (PDF)
Named for Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. This award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer & illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience for children.

Caldecott Medal SealCaldecott Medal Winners (Young Readers)

Caldecott Medal Winners (1938 to Present) (PDF)
Named in honor of 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal SealGeisel Medal Winners (Young Readers)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Winners (2006 to Present) (PDF)
Awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Coretta Scott King Medal SealCoretta Scott King Awards (All Ages)

Coretta Scott King Award Winners (1970 to Present) (PDF)
Awarded annually to outstanding African American authors & illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

William C. Morris Debut Award SealMorris Awards (High School Readers)

William C. Morris Debut Award Winners (2009 to Present) (PDF)
Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

John Newbery Medal SealNewbery Medal Winners (Young Readers)

John Newbery Medal Winners (1922 to Present) (PDF)
Named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery and awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Printz Award SealPrintz Awards (High School Readers)

Printz Award Winners (2000 to Present) (PDF)
Awarded to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.


Robert F. Sibert Medal SealSibert Medal Winners (Young Readers)

Robert F. Sibert Medal Winners (2001 to Present) (PDF)
Named for Robert F. Sibert and awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

Teens Top Ten LogoTeens' Top Ten (Ages 13-18)

Current Teens' Top Ten List (PDF)
A "teen choice" list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Then teens vote online on their favorites and the winners will be announced each October.