The Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children”, beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the American Library Association and is considered the most prestigious American children’s book award for illustration.

The Iowa Children’s Choice awards are unique in that they give children an opportunity to choose the book to receive the award and to suggest books for the yearly reading list.

In the spring, 3rd through 6th grade students across Iowa take part in the nomination of books for the Iowa Children’s Choice Award. The nominations may come exclusively from these students so that it is ensured that these are the favorites of students in this age group. After the suggestions are submitted, these books are reviewed by the committee and volunteer readers to determine the winner.

The Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” each year.