Literary Awards

International Prizes (awarded at an international level by an international jury)

Hans Christian Andersen Award

Created by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) to reward an author (since 1956) and an illustrator (since 1966) who have made a significant contribution to children’s literature through their work as a whole. This prize is often referred to as the “Little Nobel Prize” for children’s literature. It is awarded every two years.

Bratislava Illustration Biennial (BIB)

Established in 1965, this biennial is organized by The International House of Arts for Children of Bratislava and sponsored by UNESCO in cooperation with various IBBY national sections. It receives support from the Slovak Ministry of Culture and rewards albums. This prize is awarded every two years.
The Grand Prix, the Golden Apple, the Golden Plate and the Special Mention to a publisher.

The Bologna Ragazzi

These awards were created by the International Youth Book Fair of Bologna (Italy) whose first opus took place in 1965. The Fair awards: the Children’s Fiction Prize, the Youth Fiction Prize, the Children’s Non-Fiction Prize, the Children’s Non-Fiction Prize, the Novita Prize and the New Media Prize (since 1997).

Astrid Lingren Award, Memorial award for literature

International Prize for Children’s and Adolescent Literature established by the Swedish Government in 2002. It rewards the entire work of authors and illustrators whose work reflects the spirit of Astrid Lindgren, or the work of individuals or organizations in favor of children’s books.

IBBY Reading Promotion Award – Asahi

The IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award was established in 1986 during the IBBY Congress in Tokyo. It is sponsored by the press group Asahi Shimbun. It is now awarded every two years to an organization or institution whose activities are considered outstanding and provide a sustainable continuation of programmes to promote reading for children and young people. It is officially presented to the winners at the opening ceremony of the IBBY Congress.


Foreign prices

Caldecott Medal

This award was established in 1938 by The Association for Library Service to Children, a branch of The American Library Association. In tribute to 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, he honors the best album illustrated by an American artist (or resident in the USA) from last year.

Carnegie Medal

This award was created in Great Britain in 1936 by The Library Association in memory of Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), an American industrialist and philanthropist, born in Scotland, who subsidized many libraries in English-speaking countries. It is awarded to works of literature for children or young adults. Books must be written in English and published in the UK the previous year.

Since 2002 the prize has been awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), a new organization formed by the merger of the Institute of Information Scientists and The Library Association.

The Kate Greenaway Medal

This award was created in Great Britain in 1955 in memory of Kate Greenaway (1846-1901), illustrator of children’s books. It is awarded each year to an illustrator for his work as a whole.

The prize is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

The Newbery Medal

Created in 1922 by the American Library Association to recognize the best American children’s novel, this award is the world’s first children’s prize. It bears the name of a bookseller who opened in 1784 in London, a bookstore exclusively reserved for children and which is, therefore, one of the first publishers of children’s books in the world.