Friday, February 2, 2018

Jan - April Book Awards

So many awards are going to be announced at the ALA midwinter conference two Sundays from now! But what about the other awards? When are they officially announced? We thought we'd look ahead at the next few months and share with you the exact dates. We divided them below by age groups (AdultsTeens, and Children), so you can easily find your target audience.



Remember, if you don't have time to read the award winners (or have no interest), you can always head over to our spin-off blog, Spoilers, Sweetie, for quick spoilers so you can add those books to your RA toolbox and speak about them knowledgeably with patrons.

Adult Awards

January

    22nd: National Book Critic’s Circle Finalists
    • 30 finalists in six categories -- Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
    28th: GRAMMYs: Best Spoken Word Album
    • 1 audio book is chosen.
    30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
    • 5 categories -- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.

    February

    11th: ALA Awards at Midwinter
    • ALA/RUSA Listen List
      • List of 12 audio books in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Plays. BONUS: It includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries.
    • ALA/RUSA Notable Books 
      • List of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry books for the adult reader.
    • ALA/RUSA Reading List
      • 8 categories -- Adrenaline Titles (Suspense, Thrillers, and Action Adventure), Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Women’s fFction. 
    • 16 Categories -- American; Baking; Chefs & Restaurants; Children, Youth & Family; Compilations; Culinary Travel; Food Matters; Food Photography & Styling; General; Health & Special Diet; International; Literary or Historical Food Writing; Reference & Technical; Single Subject; and more!
    Bonus: Around this time, the Nebula shortlist is announced!
    • List of 30 titles in outstanding science fiction and fantasy in 6 categories -- Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

    March

    15th: National Book Critics Circle Awards
    • 6 categories -- Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
    29th: Canada Reads
    • Five books, five champions, one winner: Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrities championing books. Books are voted "off the bookshelf," one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.

    April

    7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
    • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
    16th: Pulitzer Prize
    • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
    21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
    • 10 categories -- First Fiction, Biography, Autobiographical Prose, Current Interest, Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry, Science & Technology, and Young Adult Literature.


    Teen Awards

    January

    4th: Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    10th: Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
    11th: Walter Dean Myers Award (Presented by We Need Diverse Books)
    • Outstanding titles for teens and young readers who celebrate diversity.
    16th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
    30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
    • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.

    February

    11th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)
    14th: Cybils Awards
    • 12 categories including Middle-Grade Fiction, Junior/Senior High Non-Fiction, Young Adult Graphic Novels, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction.


    April

    7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
    • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
    16th: Pulitzer Prize
    • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
    21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
    • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.

    Children Awards

    January

      10th: Charlotte Zolotow Award (Picture Books)
      11th: Walter Dean Myers Award (Diversity Titles presented by We Need Diverse Books)
      16th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
      30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
      • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.

      February

      11th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)
      14th: Cybils Awards
      • 12 categories including Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books, Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction, Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels, Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction, Fiction Picture Books and Board Books.

      April

      7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
      • 41 subject categories (all adult except for 2 children, 2 young readers and 2 teens) and best first book for new publisher in fiction, nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 

      21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
      • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.
      ???: Jane Addams Peace Awards
      • The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.


      Want More?


      You can find the complete list of awards in our previous post, the Ultimate Book Awards Calendar. The specific dates aren't listed because they change every year, but stay tuned for our next installment (May-August) in April!

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