Children’s literary prizes and awards

Children's literary prizes and book awards

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

This page links you to winners and nominees for a range of prizes and awards for children's and young adult books.

New Zealand

New Zealand prizes for children's literature and illustration

Storylines award-winners

Storylines gives awards to New Zealand writers, illustrators, publishers and those working in the field of children’s literature.

The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize

Awarded to an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator with submissions to illustrate Margaret Mahy’s classic stories.

Storylines Notable New Zealand Books

Annual list of notable picture books, junior fiction, young adult fiction, non-fiction and te reo Māori titles.

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2023

The winners of the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced.


Internatial prizes for children's literature and illustration

Hans Christian Andersen Award

Winners of the most prestigious award in international children’s literature given biennially to one author and one illustrator.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature

Honours fantasy books for young readers to age thirteen. This year's winning title is The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill.

Lambda Literary Award winners announced

The Lammys (US) celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Annual award that honours the memory of Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren.


Awards of the Children’s Book Council of Australia

Winners in the categories: picture books, early childhood, younger readers, older readers, and Eve Pownall Award for information books.

United Kingdom

British prizes for children's literature and illustration

United States

American prizes for children's literature and illustration

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