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Children’s and YA Collections

The Children’s and YA collections support current students preparing to be educators in K – 12 schools and students learning English as a second language.

Factors to consider in collection development include:

Award Categories

The library collects winners in the following award categories. If the budget allows, the library also collects Honor Books in these categories.

NewberyThe Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

CaldecottThe Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King (Author, Illustrator, and John Steptoe Award for New Talent: 3 separate awards) – The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.

Michael L. PrintzThe Michael L. Printz Award honors the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Pura BelpréThe Pura Belpré Award honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Robert F. SibertThe Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.