Lifetime Achievement Awards
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
At present, this award is awarded every two years to: "an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." Given for a body of work, this may be the most truly prestigious of the ALA and ALSC awards, though not the best known.
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- 2016: Jerry Pinkney, who also received the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- 2015: Donald Crews.
- 2013: Katherine Paterson.
- 2011: Tomie dePaola.
- 2009: Ashley Bryan.
- 2007: James Marshall.
- 2005: Laurence Yep.
- 2003: Eric Carle.
- 2001: Milton Meltzer.
- More information about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal: this link leads to the official site for the Medal, which includes a complete list of past winners.
The Margaret A. Edwards Award
This award honors an author's "lifetime contribution" in writing for young adults.
- 2016: David Levithan.
- 2015: Sharon M. Draper.
- 2014: Markus Zusak.
- 2013: Tamora Pierce.
- 2012: Susan Cooper, author of the "Dark Is Rising" sequence.
- 2011: Sir Terry Pratchett.
- 2010: Jim Murphy.
- 2009: Laurie Halse Anderson.
- 2008: Orson Scott Card.
- 2007: Lois Lowry.
- 2006: Jacqueline Woodson.
- 2005: Francesca Lia Block.
- 2004: Ursula K. LeGuin.
- 2003: Nancy Garden.
- 2002: Paul Zindel.
- More information about the Margaret A. Edwards Award: this link leads to the official site for the Award, which includes a complete list of past winners.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Award committee, this award recognizes "the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton." The award was first given in 2010.
- 2016: Jerry Pinkney, the Caldecott- and Coretta-Scott-King-winning illustrator.
- 2015: Deborah D. Taylor, coordinator of School and Student Services, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore.
- 2014: Patricia and Frederick McKissack, authors.
- 2013: Demetria Tucker is a longtime library media specialist and youth services coordinator in Virginia.
- 2012: Ashley Bryan, illustrator.
- 2011: Dr. Henrietta Mays Smith is a noted children's librarian; see the press release for more information.
- 2010: Walter Dean Myers, author.
The Hans Christian Andersen Award
This is an international lifetime achievement award given every two years to an author and illustrator "whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature."
Children's Book Awards Index page
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