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Children's Literature Exhibit

Release date: June 20, 2006

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The next time you walk through the doors of the library, look at the display cases between the doors.  On the left, you'll see some of the most wonderful children's books in our collection. These have all been honored with distinguished awards, some of which are:

The Newbery Medal, named for 18th 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 19th 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.

The Coretta Scott King Awards, established in 1969 to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination in continuing to work for peace and world brotherhood.  It is presented annually to an African American author and to an African American illustrator for an outstanding inspirational and educational contribution.

The Pura Belpre Awards, established in 1996 and named after Pura Belpre, the first Latina librarian from the New York Public Library.  It is awarded biennially to a Latino/ Latina writer and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.