book award logosKids and Teens book awards represent the best of children's literature.  Below you will find all the different awards with brief descriptions, current winners and honor books, as well as past lists. More to be added soon!

 

Alex Award

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

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Batchelder Award

This award, established in Mildred L. Batchelder's honor in 1966, is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  

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John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal 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.

 

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Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

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Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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Odyssey Award

The Odyssey Award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

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Pura Belpre Awards

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-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.

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Robert Sibert Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

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Schneider Family Book Award

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

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Stonewall Book Awards

Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

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Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

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YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

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reading programs3 winter 225w2017-2018 Winter Reading Challenge: December 1 - January 31

Cozy up with a good book this winter and earn yourself a treat through our brand new Winter Reading Program! (Because why should summer have all the fun?)

Kids & Teens (Age 0 thru Grade 12)

Kids & Teens who sign up will get a reading log/bingo card to track their progress. If they finish their goal by January 31, they will get a packet of prizes.

Adults

Adults who finish their goal by January 31 will get a small entry prize and a chance to win a $50.00 gift card.

Sponsors

This program is generously sponsored by:

  • The Friends of the Library
  • The Chicago Wolves Hockey
  • The Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  • Burger MooVment
  • FOSS Swim School
  • White Castle Restaurants

Check out all of our new stuff!  We've organized our new material by category, so scroll your way down the page or click a category to jump right to it. Click on an item to see more details, and click on the title to go to the SWAN Online Catalog to check availability and place a hold. 

DVDs  |  Picture Books  |  Early Readers  |  Fiction  |  Graphic Novels  |  Nonfiction & Biography  |  Audiobooks  |  CDs

 

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Music

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ereader kindle paperwhite 250w Kids & Teens has several eReaders available for checkout. We have two Kindle Paperwhites for Kids, two Kindle Paperwhites for Teens, and a Kindle Fire HD for Teens

These eReaders are a great way to try out reading eBooks if you do not have a device of your own. Devices can be checked out by Elmwood Park residents for three weeks. Just ask for them at the Kids & Teens Desk.

Parents, don't forget that we have Kindles and other devices available for you to checkout, too! Click to learn more.

 

Kids - Kindle Paperwhites x2

What eBooks are available on our Kindle Paperwhites for Kids? Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • Alcott, Louisa May - Little Womenereaders kids 800h
  • Andersen, Hans Christian
  • Babbitt, Natalie - Tuck Everlasting
  • Barrows, Annie - Ivy & Bean series
  • Baum, L. Frank - Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Blume, Judy
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson - Secret Garden
  • Cabot, Meg - Allie Finkle series
  • Carman, Patrick
  • Carroll, Lewis - Alice in Wonderland
  • Cleary, Beverly
  • Clements, Andrew
  • Collins, Suzanne
  • DiCamillo, Kate
  • Emerson, Marcus - Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series
  • Flanagan, John - Brotherband Chronicles series
  • Funke, Cornelia - Inkspell series
  • Grahame, Kenneth - Wind in the Willows
  • Gutman, Dan - My Weirder School series
  • Hahn, Mary Downing
  • Hale, Shannon - Ever After High series
  • Holub, Joan - Goddess Girls and Grimmtastic Girls series
  • Kessler, Liz - Emily Windsnap series
  • Kinney, Jeff - Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
  • Lowry, Lois - Giver series
  • Lubar, David
  • Lupica, Mike
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody series
  • McMann, Lisa - Unwanteds series
  • Mull, Brandon - Fablehaven and Spirit Animal series
  • Osborne, Mary Pope - Magic Tree House series
  • Peirce, Lincoln - Big Nate series
  • Riordan, Rick - Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series
  • Russell, Rachel - Dork Diaries series
  • Sachar, Louis - Holes
  • Sewell, Anna - Black Beauty
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
  • Stine, R. L. - Goosebumps: Hall of Horrors
  • Sutherland, Tui - Wings of Fire series
  • Thorpe, Kiki - Never Girls series
  • Van Draanen, Wendelin - Sammy Keyes and Shredderman series

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Teens - Kindle Paperwhites x2

What eBooks are available on our Kindle Paperwhites for Teens? Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • Anderson, Laurie Halseereaders teen 1200h
  • Anderson, M. T.
  • Asher, Jay
  • Bracken, Alexandra - Darkest Minds series
  • Bray, Libba
  • Carey, Anna - Eve series
  • Carter, Ally - Heist Society series
  • Cline, Ernest - Ready Player One
  • Collins,Suzanne - Hunger Games series
  • Condie, Allyson Braithwaite - Matched series
  • Cummings, Priscilla
  • Dashner, James - Maze Runner and Mortality Doctrine series
  • Dessen, Sarah
  • Ee, Susan
  • Elkeles, Simone
  • Fitzpatrick, Becca
  • Flanagan, John - Brotherband Chronicles series
  • Flinn, Alex
  • Formman, Gayle
  • Goldman, William - Princess Bride
  • Green, John
  • Hahn, Mary Downing
  • Hale, Shannon
  • Han, Jenny
  • Higson, Charles - Enemy series
  • Hopkins, Ellen
  • Kate, Lauren
  • Kaufman, Amie
  • Krumwiede, Lana
  • Levithan, David
  • Lowry, Lois - Giver series
  • Lu, Marie
  • Maberry, Jonathan - Rot & Ruin series
  • Maas, Sarah J.
  • McGowan, Maureen - Dust Chronicles series
  • McMann, Lisa - Unwanteds series
  • Meyer, Marissa - Lunar Chronicles series
  • Meyer, Stephenie - Twilight series
  • Mlynowski, Sarah
  • Morrill, Lauren
  • Myers, Walter Dean
  • Nelson, Jandy
  • Oliver, Lauren
  • Paige, D. M.
  • Perkins, Stephanie
  • Pfeffer, Susan Beth - Life As We Knew It
  • Quintero, Isabel - A Girl in Pieces
  • Ransom, Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Riordan, Rick - Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series
  • Rossi, Veronica - Under the Never Sky series
  • Roth, Veronica - Divergent series
  • Rowell, Rainbow
  • Schroeder, Lisa - I Heart You, You Haunt Me
  • Shepard, Sara - Lying Games and Pretty Little Liars series
  • Smith, Jennifer - Geography of You and Me
  • Spinelli, Jerry - Stargirl
  • Stiefvater, Maggie - Wolves of Mercy Falls sereis
  • Stroud, Jonathan - Lockwood & Co. series
  • Vande Velde, Vivian - Being Dead
  • Wein, Elizabeth - Code Name Verity series
  • Westerfeld, Scott - Leviathan, Uglies, and Midnighters series

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Teens - Kindle Fire HD x1

indestructible hulkWhat eBooks are available on our Kindle Fire HD for Teens? We have designated our Kindle HD specifically for comics.   We took codes from the books we purchased and added them to the Comix app.  Reading comics on the Kindle looks amazing.

Below is a sampling of the titles on the device, or check the record in SWAN for a complete list, as well as availability.

  • All New X-Men
  • Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Iron Man
  • Indestructible Hulk
  • Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men

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Check out all of our new stuff!  We've organized our new material by category, so scroll your way down the page or click a category to jump right to it. Click on an item to see more details, and click on the title to go to the SWAN Online Catalog to check availability and place a hold. 

Fiction  |  Graphic Novels  |  Audiobooks  |  Video Games  |  TV & Movies

 

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