Celebrating Youthful Curiosity and Discovery Through Books and Reading

A note about categories: 

Periodically as a book awards program we add, remove, and alter categories to reflect changes in the collective culture. You will note we have removed the "Culture" and "Multicultural" specific categories. As an award focused on children and young adult readers we have always sought to find exceptional books highlighting stories that ALL readers can relate to. For a time, the focus was brought to some titles by creating special categories. We are removing those categories, but want to be clear it is because we will look for that representation in all categories now. 
General Categories
  1. Board Book/Cloth Book
  2. Alphabet/Counting Book
  3. Book Arts/Pop-up/Cut-out
  4. Activity Book 1 – Games, Arts & Crafts, etc.
  5. Activity Book 2 – Educational, Science, History
  6. Best Illustrator
  7. Picture Book Preschool
  8. Picture Book 4-8 Year Old
  9. Picture Book All Ages
  10. Juvenile Fiction – Early Reader/1st Chapter books
  11. Pre-Teen Fiction – General
  12. Pre-Teen Fiction – Fantasy
  13. Pre-Teen Fiction – Mystery
  14. Pre-Teen Fiction – Historical
  15. Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues
  16. Young Adult Fiction – General
  17. Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  18. Young Adult Fiction – Horror/Mystery
  19. Young Adult Fiction – Historical
  20. Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues 
  21. Fiction – Religion/Spirituality
  22. Children’s Poetry
  23. Non-Fiction – Picture Book
  24. Non-Fiction – Chapter Book
  25. Animals/Pets - Fiction
  26. Animals/Pets - Non-Fiction
  27. Social Activism
  28. Comic/Graphic Novel
  29. Religion/Spirituality
  30. Holiday
  31. Book with Merchandise (plush toy, etc.)
  32. Spanish Language Book
  33. Environmental Issues
  34. Health Issues
  35. Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem
  36. Best First Book – Picture Book
  37. Best First Book – Chapter Book
  38. Best Book by Youth Author (under 18)
  39. Best Book Series – Picture Book
  40. Best Book Series – Chapter Book
  41. Best Book Series – Non-Fiction 
    (note: Book Series category submissions require two or more volumes per series, and one volume's copyright/release date must fall within the 2021-2023 timeframe)

E-Book Categories

E1.  Children’s Picture Book
E2.  Picture Book – Enhanced *
E3.  Pre-Teen Fiction
E4.  Young Adult Fiction


*Enhanced E-Books are those including embedded audio, video, animations, etc.