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100 Best English-language Novels of the 20th Century - General Fiction

The Radcliffe List is a response to the Modern Library - 100 Best Novels list, which has been criticized for undervaluing women, minorities, and contemporary writers.
[Link to Award Website]


100 Best Lesbian and Gay Non-Fiction Books - Non-Fiction

The Triangle's list of the 100 best lesbian and gay nonfiction books was selected by a panel of judges and unveiled at the Pink Ink literary conference in June 2004. The Publishing Triangle the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, including book & magazine writers, editors, agents, marketing, sub-rights, publicity and sales people, booksellers, designers, librarians, and general book lovers.
[Link to Award Website]


100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels - General Fiction

The Triangle's list of 100 best lesbian and gay novels was selected by a panel of submitted by our judges, including the lesbian and gay writers Dorothy Allison, David Bergman, Christopher Bram, Michael Bronski, Samuel Delany, Lillian Faderman, Anthony Heilbut, M.E. Kerr, Jenifer Levin, John Loughery, Jaime Manrique, Mariana Romo-Carmona, Sarah Schulman, and Barbara Smith. The Publishing Triangle the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, including book & magazine writers, editors, agents, marketing, sub-rights, publicity and sales people, booksellers, designers, librarians, and general book lovers.
[Link to Award Website]


100 Essential Black Books - Mixed

All of these titles are compiled in the book Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books, which was published by QBR: The Black Book Review magazine in 1999.
[Link to Award Website]


100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know - Children and Youth

From the Recommended Reading section of the New York Public Library website. [PDF by Title | PDF by Author)]
[Link to Award Website]


15 Influential Early Works of Apocalyptic Fiction - Apocalyptic Fiction

Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature involves any of the following: alien invasions, pandemics, severe natural disasters, the fall of civilization, the end of the world (“dying earth”) and massive wars. Most of the works on this list were influential to some degree, whether they influenced other authors or the wider genre in general. Some of these works can be found at online literature sites such as Project Gutenberg.
[Link to Award Website]


50 Multicultural Books Every Child should Read - Children and Youth

This list of must-have multicultural books was compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. List is divided into various age groups at NEA site.
[Link to Award Website]


Best Horror Fiction - Horror

The books that appear here were picked using a survey of the Horror Writers Association general membership in 1996, so many excellent books published more recently do not appear here, and some of those that do are now out of print. Most of the recognized classics of dark fiction do appear.
[Link to Award Website]


Best Mystery Novels of All Time - Mystery

List compiled by the Mystery Writers of America.


Best Westerns - Westerns

From the Western Writers of America, a panel of fifty-five individuals from twenty-two states and one Canadian province voted for the best work of the 20th century.


Biography or Autobiography (1986 - date) - Non-Fiction

Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author. The Pulitzer Prize honors excellence in journalism and the arts.
[Link to Award Website]


Black Caucus Literary Award for Fiction - Fiction

The Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.
[Link to Award Website]


Books That Shaped America - Various

The Library of Congress, the worlds largest repository of knowledge and information, began a multiyear Celebration of the Book with an exhibition on Books That Shaped America. The initial books in the exhibition are included here. This list is a starting point, said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. It is not a register of the best American books  although many of them fit that description. Rather, the list is intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not.
[Link to Award Website]


Caldecott Honor - Children and Youth

Noteworthy books identified during the process of selecting the Caldecott Medal winner. From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books were referred to as Newbery or Caldecott "runners-up." In 1971 the term "runners-up" was changed to "honor books."
Caldecott Honor Books by Year, 1938-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Caldecott Medal - Children and Youth

The 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.
Caldecott Medal Books by Year, 1938-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Carnegie Medal - Children and Youth

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by The Library Association in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries."
Carnegie Medal Books by year, 1937-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Coretta Scott King Book Award - Children and Youth

The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution. The books promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream. To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and the graphic arts, including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African American authors and illustrators. Must be written for a youth audience.
Coretta Scott King Award Books by year, 1970-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Early Books from 1001 Books to Read Before You Die - Fiction

Drawn from the popular series, 1001 xxxx You Must xxxx Before You Die. This list focuses on books published between 800 and 1850 and supports the curriculum in some history and literature classes.


Extreme Classics: 100 Greatest Adventure Books - Adventure

Stories of real life adventure selected and ranked by the folks at National Geographic Adventure magazine.
[Link to Award Website]


Fiction (1965 - date) - General Fiction

Pulitzer prize for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life. The Pulitzer Prize honors excellence in journalism and the arts.
[Link to Award Website]


Frequently Challenged Books of 90s - General Fiction

Between 1990 and 2000, 6,364 challenges were reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. This list represents those titles most challenged over that time period. For more information on how the list was compiled and the reasons for the challenges, see the linked website.
[Link to Award Website]


General Non-Fiction (1986 - date) - Non-Fiction

The Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category. The Pulitzer Prize honors excellence in journalism and the arts.
[Link to Award Website]


Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Books - Children and Youth

The Grand Canyon Reader Award (formerly the Arizona Young Reader Award) is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in various categories.
[Link to Award Website]


Historical Fiction - Historical Fiction

This listing of Historical Fiction has been compiled to help students find fiction about historical events. The list is not a true 'awards list', vetted by an external agency. Rather, the list compiles books held at GCC libraries and identified in one of various guides to the genre historical fiction.


History (1986 - date) - Non-Fiction

Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished book upon the history of the United States. The Pulitzer Prize honors excellence in journalism and the arts.
[Link to Award Website]


Hugo Award: Best Novel - Science Fiction

Awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. First awarded in 1953. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.
[Link to Award Website]


Imprisoned, Threatened, Murdered, and Jailed Writers - Mixed

The writers on this list have been featured by human rights and free speech organizations such as Amnesty International and PEN America / PEN International. In most cases the writings have been suppressed by government agents or through less official measures such as intimidation, threats, exile, or even murder.
[Link to Award Website]


Kate Greenaway Medal - Children and Youth

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established by The Library Association in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.
Kate Greenaway Medal Books by year, 1956-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Most Challenged Books 2000-09 - General Fiction


[Link to Award Website]


NAACP Image Award for Fiction - Fiction

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the Nations preeminent multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
[Link to Award Website]


National Book Award Fiction - General Fiction

The National Book Award was initiated in the 1950s and presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year. The purpose of the awards is "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America."
[Link to Award Website]


National Book Award Non-Fiction - Non-Fiction

The National Book Award was initiated in the 1950s and presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year. The purpose of the awards is "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America."
[Link to Award Website]


National Book Award Poetry - Poetry

The National Book Award was initiated in the 1950s and presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year. The purpose of the awards is "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America."
[Link to Award Website]


National Book Award Young People's Literature - Children and Youth

The National Book Award was initiated in the 1950s and presented annually to American authors for literature published in the prior year. The purpose of the awards is "to raise the cultural appreciation of great writing in America."
[Link to Award Website]


Newbery Honor - Children and Youth

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It 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.
Newbery Honor Books by year, 1922-2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Newbery Medal - Children and Youth

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It 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.
Newbery Medal Books by year, 1922-2013

[Link to Award Website]


Nobel Prize for Literature (Selected Titles) - Fiction

Among the five prizes provided for in Alfred Nobel's will (1895), one was intended for the person who, in the literary field, had produced "the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". The Laureate should be determined by "the Academy in Stockholm", which was specified by the statutes of the Nobel Foundation to mean the Swedish Academy.
[Link to Award Website]


Pura Belpré Award - Children and Youth

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA Affiliate.
Pura Belpré Award Books by year, 1996 - 2013 (PDF)

[Link to Award Website]


Short Novels - Short Novels

List of short novels from various web sources and Huffington Post (2013).


Tomás Rivera Book Award - Children and Youth

Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience. The award was established in 1995 and was named in honor of Dr. Tomas Rivera, a distinguished alumnus of Texas State University.
[Link to Award Website]


Top 100 Sci-Fi Books - Science Fiction

A statistical survey of sci-fi literary awards, noted critics and popular polls. To qualify a book has to be generally regarded as science fiction by credible sources and/or recognized as having historical significance to the development of the genre. For books that are part of a series (with some notable exceptions) only the first book in the series is listed.
[Link to Award Website]


Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century - Non-Fiction

From the New York University journalism department and created at the end of the century, this list is an echo of the key historical events across the chronology of the 20th century. History students and faculty can use this list to gain period insight into the breaking news stories of the day. Journalism students can learn about the history of their field, discover influential journalists, and gain knowledge of writing and reporting styles. According to an article in the New York Times, the NYU list is compiled by 36 judges and focuses on craftsmanship more than events. For further study, check out the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University list of 100 Outstanding Journalists in the United States in the Past 100 Years.
[Link to Award Website]


War Novels - War Fiction

List of fiction books about war from various web sources.



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