Randolph Caldecott Award
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. One Award Book is selected each year in January. One or more Honor Books are also awarded, based upon the determinations of the members of the Caldecott Award Committee.
John Newbery Award
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. One Award Book is selected each year in January. One or more Honor Books are also awarded, based upon the determinations of the members of the Newbery Medal Award Committee.
Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). From the ALA website: "The award (or awards) is given to an African American author, as well as illustrator, for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The works promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood."
Golden Kite Award
Begun in 1973, the Golden Kite Award remains to be the only major children's book award presented by one's peers. An award book and honor book are picked annually in the area of non-fiction, fiction, picture book text, and picture book illustration. The award is presented by the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators to other members whose work "exhibits excellence and appeals to the interests and concerns of children."