Within the last 100 years or so, various organizations have chosen to honor outstanding books written for young people. Each award highlights the finest book within a particular category or which reflects a particular theme. Most are awarded annually.
The Caldecott Medal was named for nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children to the illustrator of the most distinguished children's picture book. More information about the Caldecott Medal can be foundby visiting the ALA's Caldecott Medal website.