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Award-Winning Books for Adults

  • Agatha Award

    The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery--books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Visit the Malice Domestic website to learn more about the Agatha Awards and to see a complete list of winners visit.

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  • Edgar Award

    The Edgar Allan Poe Awards are named after the Mystery Writers of America's patron saint, Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre. To learn more about the Edgar Award visit the Mystery Writers of America.

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  • Fiction ALA Notable Books

    Selected by The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association, division of the American Library Association. For a full list of titles visit the ALA.

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  • Hugo Award

    The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society and is determined by nominations from and a popular vote of its membership. To view a complete listing of Hugo Award winners click here.

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  • Man Booker Prize

    The prize aims to award the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The Man Booker judges are selected from the country's finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize. To learn more about the Man Booker award visit: http://www.themanbookerprize.com.

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  • National Book Award for Fiction

    The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

    For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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  • National Book Award for Nonfiction

    The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

    For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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  • The New York Times® Paperback Fiction

    The New York Times® Bestsellers — Paperback Fiction Source

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  • The New York Times® Paperback Nonfiction

    The New York Times® Bestsellers — Paperback Nonfiction Source

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  • Nebula Award

    The Nebula Awards are given out annually to the best Science Fiction and Fantasy works as judged by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.

    To view all past Nebula Award winners visit: http://www.sfwa.org/awards/

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  • Nonfiction ALA Notable Books

    Selected by The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association, division of the American Library Association. For a full list of titles visit the ALA.

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  • Oprah's Book Club

    Oprah's Book Club selections are chosen by Oprah Winfrey and featured on the Oprah website.

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  • PEN/Faulkner Awards

    "When William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, he gave a speech memorable for its insistence on the survival of all that is noble in the human spirit, especially the talent and inspiration of the writer. Then he gave away the prize money to establish a fund to support and encourage new fiction writers. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the successor to William Faulkner's generosity. It is an award designed to be independent of the demands of the publishing industry, free from all constraints of sales and marketing, free to flow from the judgment of a writer's peers." -- penfaulkner.org

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  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography

    The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished.

    For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

    The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished.

    For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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  • Pulitzer Prize for History

    The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished.

    For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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  • Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

    The Pulitzer Prize is named for journalist Joseph Pulitzer and is awarded annually to works determined by the Pulitzer Prize Board to be distinguished.

    For a complete list of winners go to http://www.pulitzer.org

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  • Award-Winning Books for Kids and Teens

  • ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adult Books

    The Best Books for Young Adults committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has chosen the following books as Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.

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  • Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards

    First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category. On occasion, a book will receive a special citation for its high quality and overall creative excellence. The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

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  • Coretta Scott King Award

    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. The Award is further designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. To learn more click here.

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  • E.B. White Read Aloud Award

    The E.B. White Read Aloud Award was established in 2004 by The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) to honor books that its membership felt embodied the universal read aloud standards that were created by the work of the beloved author E.B. White. Source

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  • Great Graphic Novels

    The Great Graphic Novels/Top Ten for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA."

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  • Michael L. Printz Award

    The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. Source

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  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature

    The National Book Awards are given out by the National Book Foundation with the goal of enhancing the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.

    For a complete list of winners visit the National Book Foundation

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  • The New York Times® Children's Picture Books

    The New York Times® Bestsellers — Children's Picture Books Source

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  • Pura Belpre Award

    The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually 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. Source

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  • Schneider Family Book Award

    The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescent audiences.

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  • Scott O'Dell Award

    The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction was established in 1982. The annual award goes to a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. Scott O'Dell established the award to encourage other writers to focus on historical fiction. Visit the website to learn more..

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