Awards in Literature for Children and Adolescents

Authored by: Junko Yokota

Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  April  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415965057
eBook ISBN: 9780203843543
Adobe ISBN: 9781136913570


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A book passes through many hands along its journey to young readers, traveling from author and/or illustrator to editor and from there to designer, publisher, distributor, and booksellers. As described by Michael Cart, the completed book then goes through further evaluation by reviewers, which occurs in the months immediately before and after a book’s publication date. Following publication, the book may again be evaluated as it is considered for book awards. Such awards reflect both the excellence of particular titles and the maturity and success of the larger field of children’s and young adult literature. In this chapter, book award committee veteran Junko Yokota examines the research related to book awards for what it tells about award processes, what the research may or may not reveal, and raises issues related to awards that remain to be examined.

Awards…the word alone conjures images of banners waving, and celebrations that results in medals, gold stars, and shiny seals on covers of books, announcing their importance to the world.

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