Thursday, July 15, 2010

International Literature Awards

As America's diverse racial profile continues to expand, children's literature reflects this new diversity.  An influx of multicultural, international titles can be seen in today's libraries.

The Carnegie Medal in Literature is an annual award given to authors from the United Kingdom.  A similar award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, is given to illustrators from the UK.  Its first award year was 1936.  Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish philanthropist who left most of his wealth to libraries, schools, and universities.  To be eligible for this award, the book must have been written in English and published in the UK.  Recent winning titles have been mainly Young Adult authors, including The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Just in Case by Meg Rosoff.  

The Esther Glen Award is an annual award given to authors and illustrators from New Zealand.  Its first award year was 1945.  Esther Glen was a beloved children's author and illustrator from New Zealand.  To be eligible for this award, one must be from New Zealand and write children's or Young Adult books that contribute to New Zealand literary greatness.  Recent winning titles include Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby and Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale.

Other international children's literature awards include: the Pura Belpre Award (Latino authors/illustrators), CLA Book of the Year (Canada), and the Prix Sorcieres (France).  

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