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Wigham Family Literature Resources
Wigham Family Collection: The Best in Children's Literature
Darol and Evelyn Wigham are highly regarded for their philanthropic work in support of education. Their daughter Patricia graduated from the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education in 1981 with a Bachelor of Education. As a gesture of their appreciation for the quality of education she received here, the Wighams established a fund for developing a collection of the finest children's literature, to be made available to students at the University of Lethbridge.
The Curriculum Laboratory is proud to provide a home for this outstanding collection.
Resources for Finding and Evaluating Literature
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Marilyn Baillie Award - Given by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, this award honours excellence in Canadian picture books.
Caldecott Medal - One of the most prominant picture book awards, it is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) to the most distinguised American picture book for children.
Amelia Frances Gibbon Award - Given to an outstanding illustrator of a Canadian Children’s Book. This award is sponsored by the Library Service Centre.
Rocky Mountain Book Award - An Alberta based award, designed to allow students, grades 4-7, to vote on their favourite book from a shortlist of exemplary Canadian literature.
Michael L. Printz Award - This award honours the best book written for teens based on literary merit, and is given by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.
Newbery Award - Awarded to the most distinguished addition to American children's literature by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - Named for the man behind Dr. Seuss, this is awarded to the most distinguished in American books for early readers by the Association for Library Service to Children, a Division of the American Library Association.
Toon Books - Comic books for kids that are easy for them to read, and are meant to an ecourage an appreciation for books that will last.
Rainbow Book List - An annual list of children’s and teens literature containing authentic and significant GLBTQ content. The list is compiled by a committee of the Rainbow Round Table, a part of the American Library Association.
Stonewall Book Awards - The Mike Morgan & Logan Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is the youth focused Stonewall Award. It recognizes excellence in books relating to the LGBT experience.
Batchelder Award - Honours the most outstanding books that were written outside America and in a different language then translated into English. The award is given by the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Middle East Book Awards - Honours children’s and young adult literature that offer a meaningful contribution to the understanding of the Middle East. Given by the Middle East Outreach Council.
Notable Books for a Global Society - An annual list of 25 titles that forward understanding of cultures throughout the world. This list is compiled by the Children’s Reading and Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association.
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award - Recognizes excellence in literature that encourages thought about peace, social justice, global community, and equality for all people.
Pura Belpré Medal - Awarded to an author and illustrator whose children’s book best portrays and celebrates Latino culture. This award is co-sponsored by Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.
YALSA Book Finder - Searchable database of all the titles from YALSA's many awards and lists.
Children's Notable Lists - Annual lists that identify the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and digital media. They are compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.