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Award-Winning Books:

The American Library Association gives two major awards each year: The Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustrations, and the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The ALA web site also provides these links to other awards for outstanding books and media for young adults:
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age are featured at http://teenlink.nypl.org/bta1.cfm
 
Database of Award Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL) Search for award-wining books at this web site created by Lisa R. Bartle. It covers many lesser-known awards, as well as the "big-time" ones, and allows you to search by keyword, reading level, age level, and other criteria.