Children’s literature awards

children's literature awards

Why should teachers follow children’s literature awards, prizes and shortlists?

Following a selection of established annual children’s literature awards, medals and prizes is a good way to decide which books to pick when purchasing new book stock for your school library, or which new books to buy for your children. Book award shortlists are also ideal to generate discussion and talking points in book clubs, encourage reading for pleasure and to find suitable authors to book for school visits. Keeping track of books that have been nominated for awards is also an informed method for teachers in primary and secondary schools to ensure that they always have lists of recently published titles to suggest to parents who ask for new reading recommendations.

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This page of children’s literature awards was last updated on Jul 3, 2022 @ 5:14 pm.

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If you found this page useful, you might also want to look at our list of children’s writing competitions, our rundown of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021 shortlisted books, and our recommended children’s and YA literature blogs to follow.



About Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is an experienced teacher and educational consultant who taught for 20 years in primary and secondary schools, including Woodleigh School in North Yorkshire, where he was Head of English and ran a 4000 book prep school library for pupils aged 3-13. He now reviews books for children and teens. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin