We all know awards are subjective, epitomizing humankind's insufficient instinct to wrangle infinite nuance into submission by way of categorization and hierarchy—but when it comes to selecting the next book to read, they can be helpful in guiding you toward gems that may otherwise pass under the radar. Below you will find a rotating selection of book awards. Some are well-known, others are less so, but in each case, we hope you find they open you up to new literary experiences, tidily classified or no. Enjoy!
The Big Three
Man Booker Prize
: an award given annually for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom.
National Book Award Prize
: given annually to U.S. authors for books published in the United States, highlighting the best contribution in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature.
: in recognition of achievement in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
The Hugo Awards
: in recognition of the best science fiction or fantasy works.
The Baillie Gifford Prize
: formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize, a British award given annually in recognition of the best non-fiction writing in the English language.
Costa Book Awards
: in recognition of English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
: given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa society in recognition the most significant non-fiction contributions to the humanities.
Children's and Young Adult
: The Randolph Caldecott Medal isin recognition of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
: The Cybils Awards, or Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are prizes given annually by people who blog about children's and young-adult books.
The Golden Kite Awards
: given annually in recognition of excellence in children’s literature in five categories.
: given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children in recognition of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
: The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is an award given annually in recognition of the most distinguished informational book published in English.