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Award-Winning Kids' Books

Many organizations end the year with a "best of" list of children's books. Here are links to the awards and lists that we like, including picks from The New York Times, the International Reading Association, and the annual Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners.

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2016 Newbery Medal

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt De La Peña

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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2016 Caldecott Medal: Author Award

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
by Lindsay Mattick

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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2016 Coretta Scott King: Illustrator Award

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are awarded annually to 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.

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2016 Pura Belpré: Illustrator Award

The Drum Dream Girl

The Drum Dream Girl
Illustrated by Rafael López

The Pura Belpré is awarded annually by the American Library Association honoring a Latino illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

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