Each year, the American Library Association awards the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Coretta Scott King Award to exceptional children's book authors and illustrators.

We have gathered information and teaching resources on the winners over the years to help you bring these outstanding books into your classroom.

The Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Caldecott Medal
Named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, this annual award is given to the illustrator chosen by the ALA as "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children."

The Coretta Scott King Awards
In commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his widow, Coretta Scott King, this award is given to those selected by the ALA as "authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the 'American Dream.'"