In the last week, we've heard the winners of the Agatha Awards and the Edgar Awards, both Mystery awards.
Most of us are familiar with some of the more well known awards - the Newbery, the Caldecott, Hugos, the Booker, Pulitzers... There are a LOT more awards than most of us have ever heard of.
People (mostly kids with school assignments) ask the library staff how to find award books. We have a great resource that lists all the awards, and shows the most recent winners. Scroll down just a bit on that page, to the section "Award Lists", and just keep scrolling, 'cause there's lots of them!
Did you know there's an award for the best teen book? (The Printz Award) The best Latino teen book? (Pura Belpré Award) Historical Fiction? (Scott O'Dell Award) The lists go on and on.
Please visit the award lists, just to appreciate the breadth of the list!
Oh, and here are the winners of the Edgar:
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Best First Novel By An American Author
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Best Paperback Original
China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries)
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Sterling Publishing – Metro Books)
and the Agatha's:
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Best First Novel:
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet (Midnight Ink)
How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson (Perseverance Press)
Best Short Story:
"The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron, Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (Penguin Group)
Best Children's/Young Adult:
The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Children's Books)