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London-2012-Olympic-gold--008.pngEach year, about a million manuscripts of children's books are submitted to book publishers. But less than 20% of them are published. That means that around 200,000 children's books are published each year.

How can we tell which of those are the best? There is a way. It is to see which books have earned the most prestigious awards.

Some awards for children's books stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. To win one of those awards is to be the absolute best of 200,000 entries. It is the equivalent of winning the Olympic gold medal.

Here are those awards:

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Caldecott Honor Book

The Caldecott Honor Books are runners-up to the Caldecott Medal, is awarded for the previous year’s most distinguished American picture book for children.The award was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.Learn more: official Caldecott Medal and Honor homepage.

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Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year for the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture book for children. Runners-up are called Caldecott Honor Books. The award was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal are the most prestigious of American children’s book awards. Learn more: official Caldecot...

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Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal is awarded each year to one outstanding new book for children or young adults. The Medal was named after the Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Carnegie Medal is the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book award for children’s writing. No Award was given in 1943, 1945, or 1966. That is because no book was considered suitable. Learn more: official Ca...

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Greenaway Medal

The Kate Greenaway Medal is a British award that was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children.The medal is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs.No Award was given in 1955 or 1958. That is because no book was considered suitable.Learn more: official Greenaway Medal homepage.

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Junior Literary Guild

The Junior Literary Guild is a commercial book club. It began in 1929 as an enterprise of the Literary Guild. By the 1950s, the majority of their book sales were to public libraries. In 2004 they started listing their Junior Literary Guild selections at their own website. What we refer to as “winners” are their selections for different age groups.

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Newbery Honor Book

The Newbery Honor Books are runners-up to the Newberry Medal, which is awarded each year for the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture book for children.The medal is named in honor of John Newbery. He was an eighteenth-century British publisher of juvenile books. He made it a priority to create books specifically for children.No Award was given in 1923, 1924, or 1927. That is bec...

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Newbery Medal

The Newberry Medal is awarded each year to the author of the previous year’s most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Runners-up are called Newbery Honor Books.The medal is named in honor of John Newbery. He was an eighteenth-century British publisher of juvenile books. He made it a priority to create books specifically for children.The Newberry Medal and the Caldecot...

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