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Children's Librarianship

Pratt Institute has been training children’s librarians since 1899, when the first course in Children’s Library Services was offered. The tradition continues.


Articles & Reports

Award & Book Lists

  • American Indian Youth Literature Award
    Awarded biennially, the AIYLA identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America.
  • Americas Award
    Founded by CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs) to commend illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
  • Arab American Book Awards
    The Arab American Book Awards is a literary program created to honor books written by and about Arab Americans. 
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
    The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
  • Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
    Established by the National Council for the Social Studies for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States.
  • The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
    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.
  • New Voices Award
    Given annually by children's book publisher Lee & Low Books for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color or Native/Indigenous writer.
  • Pura Belpre Awards
    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.
  • Rainbow Book List - GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens
    The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.
  • 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.
  • Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award
    Presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award
    Presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.
  • Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award
    Honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List
    A selection of international books that are deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. The term "international book" is used to describe a book published or distributed in the United States that originated or was first published in a country other than the U.S.