My books, poems, and stories have won many awards, including: the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the Rhysling, an Asimov’s Magazine Reader’s Poll award, World Fantasy Award, a National Book Award nomination, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Skylark Award, Jewish Book Award, two Christopher Medals, the Association of Jewish Libraries Award, the Charlotte Award, the Garden State Award, the Golden Sower Award, and others.

I have also had several body of works awards from such diverse groups as the Catholic Library Assn., the University of Minnesota, Keene State College, the Oklahoma Libraries, the Boston Public Library, the New England Science Fiction Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy organization.

To see more about individual awards, click on their pictures.

Caldecott Medal Caldecott medal. Given each year by the American Library Association for the “most distinguished picture book” (though the medal itself is given to the illustrator), this is one of the two most important awards in all of American children’s literature, the other being the Newbery Medal. The gold seal on the book itself forever marks it out as a Caldecott book. Winners are chosen by a committee of librarians.

The Emperor and the Kite illustrated by Ed Young was an Honor Book in 1968

Owl Moon won a Caldecott Medal in 1988 for illustrator John Schoenherr.

Nebula Award Nebulas Given each year by the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the most distinguished writing in the field of science fiction and fantasy in four categories–novel, novella, novelette, and short story. The awards–rocks representing planetary systems embedded in lucite–are each subtly different. Winners are chosen by a vote of SFWA members.

1997: Best Short Story “Sister Emily’s Lightship“, first published in Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s Starlight.

1998: Best Novelette “Lost Girls“, first published in Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Finalists for the Nebula:

1988: The Devil’s Arithmetic / novella
1990: Sister Light, Sister Dark / novel
1991: White Jenna / novel

The Golden Kite Golden Kite Given annually by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), in several catagories, for the most distinguished books by members of SCBWI. There is a committee consisting of an author, illustrator, librarian, bookseller who vote on the submissions. The award is a statuette of a child flying a kite, with plaques for honor books.

1974: The Girl Who Cried Flowers & Other Tales
1975: Honor Book: The Transfigured Hart
1976: Honor Book: Moon Ribbon & Other Tales

Jewish Book Council Award & Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award
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These two separate awards are given annually. The Sydney Taylor is a children’s book award; the Jewish Council awards come in a variety of book categories. They come with certificates and a monetary award as well.

1989: The Devil’s Arithmetic

Christopher Medal Chr'pher M. Given annually by the Christopher Society to books that are seen as shining a light on to the world. A bronze medallion is presented.

1977: The Seeing Stick

2000: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

California Young Reader Medal, Young Adult Category
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The California Young Reader Medal is given to four books in four age categories annually; nominated and chosen by California young readers.

2001: Armageddon Summer

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Myth Soc Award Given annually at Mythcon, the award honors the best fantasy novel for adults, the best fantasy novel for children, and the best critical/academic book on the subject of fantasy. The Mythopoeic Society began as an organization studying the works of the Inklings– J. R. R. Tolkein, C. S. Lewis, etc. It now explores works of the fantastic in general. The award is a statuette of a white lion (Aslan, from Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia) and is voted on by members of the organization.

1985: Cards of Grief–adult novel
1993: Briar Rose–adult novel
1998: The Young Merlin Trilogy: (Passager/Hobby/Merlin) — children’s novels

National Outdoor Book Awards

2002:WILD WINGS won the Children’s Category National Outdoor Book Award
World Fantasy Award World Fantasy Given annually at the World Fantasy Convention, awards go to a short story, novel, non-fiction, editor, and a special award for a person or a piece that does not fall easily into a catagory. Award is a statuette by Gahan Wilson. (Looks better with a crocheted hat on!) Vote by a special commmittee after nominations from members of the last year’s convention.

1987: Favorite Folk Tales from Around the World

1987 winners

Recipients of 1987 World Fantasy Awards
National Storytelling Network 2003 ORACLE Award

For outstanding contributions to the literary genre of storytelling. Talking Leaves Literary Award is presented to those members of the storytelling community who have made outstanding contributions to the literary body of storytelling as authors, editors or collectors.
Body of Work Awards

1988 College of Our Lady of the Elms, Honorary Doctor of Laws

Elms recipients

1988 Kerlan Award of the University of Minnesota

1985 Daedelus Award for fantasy short fiction

1990 Regina Medal, Catholic Library Assn.

1990 “Skylark” Award/Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, Boskone 27, New England Science Fiction Assn. (See cautionary tale about the Skylark.)

1990 Smith College Medal

1994 Richard Salter Storrs Library, Longmeadow, Mass. Distinguished Author Award

1995 New England Reading Association Special Recognition Award

1995 Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival Award

1998 Literary Lights for Children Award, Boston Public Library

1998 Keene State College Honorary Doctor of Letters

Keene State awardees

1999 Anne V. Zarrow Award for young Children’s Literature, Tulsa Library Trust

1999 Smith College: Remarkable Women Award

2003 Honorary Doctorate from Smith College

2003 Recipients of Honorary Doctorates from Smith College, Anna Deavere Smith, Madeleine Albright, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Jane Yolen, May 18, 2003.
Some Other Awards (Invididual Books, Stories, Poems)

1980 Garden State Children’s Book Award: Commander Toad in Space

1990 Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon: Bird Watch

1990 Florida State Reading Award nominee: Owl Moon

1990 Charlotte Award: Piggins

1991 Asimov‘s Reader’s Award, poetry: “Angels Fly Because They Take Themselves Lightly”

1992 Certificate of Merit Bookbuilders West: Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole

1992 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

1993 SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor: “Suzy and Leah”

1993 Rhysling Award for best fantasy poem of year, given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association: “Will”

1993 Hungry Mind Review Children’s Books of Distinction: Jane Yolen’s Mother Goose Songbook

1994 Educational Press Association Distinguished Achievement Award: “Suzy and Leah”

1995 Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon: Ballad of the Pirate Queens.

1997 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award: The Devil’s Arithmetic

1997 Storytelling World Award: “The Word the Devil Made Up” in Here There Be Angels

1998 Parents Guide Honor: Snow Snow–Winter Poems for Children

From the citation for the Smith College Remarkable Women:

“Smith College honors Jane Yolen ’60 who nurtures childhood’s precious sense of wonder and fantasy through hundreds of stories that respect children’s minds and challenge their imaginations.”

From the citation for the Lady of the Elms Honorary Doctorate:

“Throughout her writing career, Jane Yolen has remained true to her primary source of inspiration–folk culture. Her intuitive sense of magic and her own original imagination contribute to her integrity as a significant contemporary folklorist.”

From the citation for the Keene State Honorary Doctorate:

“From poetry and folktales to fantasy and science fiction, your award-winning writing has been recognized by critics, who have called you the “modern equivalent of Aesop” and “the Hans Christian Andersen of America.” Yet you are not afraid to cover more sensitive issues. Your controversial book Briar Rose spins the tale of Sleeping Beauty into a Holocaust memoir. It challenges readers to confront the horrifying images of a tragedy by enticing them with your beautiful words.”