Caldecott winner Dr. Seuss sculpture in San Diego, CA © Author Adventures


Many of the authors on the Author Adventures site have won prestigious literary awards. The following is a short description of the honors mentioned most:

Caldecott Medal (see “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,” according to the Association for Library Service to Children (

Coretta Scott King Book Award, American Library Association (see “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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.”

National Book Award: According to the National Book Foundation website (, “The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.”

Newbery Medal: (see “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,” according to the Association for Library Service to Children (

Nobel Peace Prize: “The Peace Prize is one of five prizes that have been awarded annually since 1901 under the auspices of the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm for outstanding contributions in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee (

Pulitzer Prize: An achievement award that can be for literature or other categories, established by the will of journalist Joseph Pulitzer. See for current and historical information.