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Diversity - On Campus & In the Library: Diversity Book Awards

A guide to ethnic and diversity related resources in and around the UT community for students, staff, faculty and librarians.

Books on Book Awards

Selected books about award-winning books for young readers.  Many have explicit diversity categories or feature multicultural or international books.

Table of Diversity-Related Book Awards

Award Name & Description Diversity Category Fiction Non-Fiction Adults Children
American Indian Youth Literature Award
"...to identify and honor the very best writing and was created as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians."
Native American * *

The Américas Award
"...given in recognition of U.S. works … in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States."

Latino/Hispanic * * *

Anisfeld-Wolf Book Awards
"...recognizes recent books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human culture."

Racial Diversity

* * *
Arab American Book Award
"...encourages the publication and excellence of books that preserve and advance the understanding, knowledge, and resources of the Arab American Community by celebrating the thoughts and lives of Arab Americans."
Arab American * * * *
Asian Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL)
"...by or about Asian Pacific Americans" in adult non-fiction, young adult and youth fiction categories.
Asian * * * *

Association for Asian American Studies
Awards in five areas: Social Science, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Engaged
Scholarship, and Poetry/Prose.

Asian American * *
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards
"...acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors. Recipients of this award offer outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable."
African American * * *
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
"...for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States...that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and relations sensitively and accurately."
Ethnic minorities * *
Coretta Scott King Book Award
"Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the...titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream."
African American * * *

Francis Lincoln Diverse Voices
"...for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms of the ethnic and cultural origins of its author."

All

* *

Gustavus Myers Award
"...works published...which extend our understanding of the root causes of bigotry and the range of options we as humans have in constructing alternative ways to share power."

All

* * *
Jane Addams Book Award
"...children's book of the preceding year that most effectively promotes the cause of peace, social justice and world community. "
All * * *
John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Uses the same criteria as the Coretta Scott King Book Award, but for writers/illustrators beginning their career.
African American * * *
Hispanic Heritage Awards: Literature
Celebrates Hispanic pride, culture, and accomplishments in literature.
Latino * *

Kiriyama Prize
"...to recognize outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that encourage greater mutual understanding of and among the peoples and nations of this vast and culturally diverse region."

Asian * * *
Lambda Literary Awards
"Lambda Literary Awards are presented in twenty-one categories based principally on the quality of the writing and the LGBT content of the work. The sexual orientation of the author is secondary."
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender * * * *

Nasen Awards
...to recognise books, authors and publishers that promote knowledge and understanding of inclusion and inspire children with special educational needs and their teachers."

Disability

* *
Pura Belpre Medal
"...presented 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."
Latino * *
Schneider Family Book Award
"...honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."
Disabilities * *
Skipping Stones Book Awards
"...to encourage close relationships with nature, and promote respect/understanding for cultural diversity in our world."
All * * *
Stonewall Book Awards
Recognizing outstanding works of lesbian, gay, and bisexual content published in English
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender * * *
The Sydney Taylor Book Award
Medals are awarded annually for outstanding books that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
Jewish * * *
Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award
"...to encourage authors, illustrators and publishers of books that authentically reflect the lives of Mexican American children and young adults in the U.S."
Latino/Chicano * * *