Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

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Current hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Award Winners

Looking for some quality book recommendations? Browse these award-winning books of all genres for adults, young adults, and children.

Many of these award lists come from NoveList Plus, where you can click on a title and then click on the "check the library catalog" link to request it.

For any other award lists, you can request the item in one of three ways:

  • Using your mobile device (smart phone or tablet), you can download the SAILS app
  • Using your browser on your computer, you can visit the SAILS catalog
  • You may also call us at 508-238-2000, ext. 2! 

ADULT AWARDS

Multiple Genres

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction | Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature | Audie Awards | Mass Book Awards | National Book Awards | Nobel Prize in Literature | Oprah’s Book Club | Pulitzer Prize for Poetry | Reese’s Book Club - Hello Sunshine | Sophie Brody Medal | Stonewall Book Awards

Christian Fiction

Christy Award

Fiction

Booker Prize | PEN/Faulkner Awards | Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Horror

Bram Stoker Awards

Military Fiction

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

Mystery

Agatha Awards | Anthony Awards | Arthur Ellis Awards | Barry Awards | Dagger Awards | Edgar Awards | Macavity Awards | Shamus Awards

Nonfiction

Pulitzer Prize for Biography | Pulitzer Prize for History | Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Romance

RITA Awards

Science Fiction & Fantasy Awards

Hugo (Science Fiction Achievement) Awards | Nebula Awards


YOUNG ADULT AWARDS

Alex Awards - Recognize books that provide an introduction to adult literature

Anthony Awards - Among the most prized awards in the world of mystery writers

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature - Recognizes books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage

Audie Awards - Recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment

Amelia Bloomer Book List - Recognizes well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18)

Bram Stoker Awards - Honor superior achievement in dark fantasy, horror, and the occult

Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Recognize distinguished African-American authors and illustrators

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults - Recognizes the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year

Flora Stieglitz Straus Award - Awarded to a work of nonfiction that inspires young adults and demonstrates the humanitarian ideals of hard work, courage, truth and beauty while adapting to changing times

Great Graphic Novels for Teens - Recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Horn Book Awards - Among the most prestigious honors in children's and young adult literature

Margaret A. Edwards Award - Honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature

Mass Book Awards - Recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects

Michael L. Printz Award - Recognizes literary excellence in young adult literature

National Book Award for Young People’s Literature - Recognizes American literary works of exceptional merit

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production - Awarded to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States

Pura Belpré Award - 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

Schneider Family Book Award - Recognizes "artistic expression of the disability experience" in literature for young people

Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award - Recognize the LGBT experience in literature for young people

William C. Morris Debut YA Award - Awarded to the debut work of a young adult author

 

CHILDREN'S AWARDS

 

Amelia Bloomer Book List - Recognizes well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18)

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature - Recognizes books that promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage

Audie Awards - Recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment

Caldecott Medal - Recognizes excellence in illustrations

Children’s Literature Legacy Award - Honors an author or illustrator whose books (published in the United States) have made a significant contribution to literature for children

Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Recognize distinguished African-American authors and illustrators

Ezra Jack Keats Awards - Given annually to outstanding new writers and illustrators of picture books for children

Golden Kite Awards - Given annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize excellence in children’s literature

Guys Read - Compiles stories by male and female authors who boys enjoy reading, grouped by genre

Horn Book Awards - Among the most prestigious honors in children's and young adult literature

International Children’s Digital Library - Presents an outstanding collection of historical and contemporary books from throughout the world, all available free of charge

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award - Recognizes messages of peace, equality, and social justice

Mass Book Awards - Recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects

Mildred L. Batchelder Award - Recognizes the most outstanding book published in the U.S. that was originally published in a foreign language and a foreign country

NCTE Orbus Pictus Nonfiction Award - Recognizes outstanding works of children's nonfiction

Newbery Medal - Recognizes overall excellence in children's literature

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production - Awarded to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal - Honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature

Schneider Family Book Award - Recognizes "artistic expression of the disability experience" in literature for young people

Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award - Recognizes notable children's works of historical fiction, published by a U.S. publisher and set in the New World

Stonewall Book Awards - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award - Recognize the LGBT experience in literature for young people

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - Recognizes excellence in literature for beginning readers