AWB (Award-Winning-Books) 2013 GB Challenges

Award Winning Books Reading Challenge 2013

Thank you once again, Iphigene, for these lovely widgets/posters.
Thank you once again, Iphigene, for these lovely widgets/posters.

And yes, we are back! We are once again hosting the Award Winning Books Reading Challenge this 2013. I am inviting you all beautiful people to sign up yet again for the Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge that shall begin from January until December 2013. We have basically the same set of guidelines as last year’s:

We are not restricting this to children’s and YA book awards.

We are also not restricting this to books that have received recognition for 2013 – you can include books that have won an award for any year. 

We also welcome entries on adult literature such as books that won the Man Booker Prize, Man Asian Literary Prize, the Pulitzer, and other recognition of exceptionality in literary works.

This is not restricted to international awards. Local/regional award giving bodies would likewise be honored.

If you want to  have a complete list of children’s and YA book awards from different parts of the globe, click here to be taken to a comprehensive list prepared by the UCalgary. Library Quine from Loons and Quines has also provided us an updated version from the web site of the Book Trust (UK) which provides links to newer UK awards. For the Carnegie and Kate Greenway Awards, you may want to check out this website for a more updated archive. The Scottish Book Trust lists Scottish awards here. Many thanks to Library Quine for all these links.

Other examples would include the Newbery and Caldecott Honor/Medal from the United States, the Pura Belpre, Coretta Scott King Award, Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Michael J. Printz Award, Cybils Awards among others.

Here are the detailed guidelines for your participation:

  1. The Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge would run from 1 January 2013 to 30 December 2013.
  2. There are four levels of participation:
    • Level 1 (10 books or less) – Bronze Medal
    • Level 2 (11-25 books) – Silver Medal
    • Level 3 (26-35 Books) – Gold Medal
    • Level 4 (over 35 books) – Platinum Award
  3. Picture books, YA lit, adult literature – are all welcome as long as they have received an award or recognition – it does not matter what year they won the award.
  4. We know that you must be participating in a number of reading challenges, so you’re more than welcome to have your reviewed books overlap with other reading challenges you will be joining for 2013 (we’d probably do the same thing).
  5. You would have to write your reviews of what you have read for the challenge. We would be creating a page where you can put the links up for your reviews (watch out for this). While we appreciate your linking reviews for anything written before 2013, they would not be eligible for prizes.
  6. No, you do not need a blog to participate. Goodreads, Shelfari members are welcome to join – a weblink that leads us to your post should be enough.
  7. Monthly book prizes await courtesy of the very generous Pansing Books!
  8. How do you sign up? Sign up here if you wish to join in our challenge and include the url/link of your post (not your website) which announces your intention to join in this Reading Challenge – and the level you are aiming for. Feel free to grab these cutesie buttons that Iphigene has created for our challenge and post it in your blog.



Here is a sampler of book prizes that Pansing Books has generously pledged to the monthly winner for the first quarter of the year.

Pansing Logo

bring up the bodies


Map & territory

So what are you waiting for, dear friends, join us!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

90 comments on “Award Winning Books Reading Challenge 2013

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  2. I’ll sign up again this year although I only read 4 award winning books this year. Next year i will purposefully seek AWB! 🙂


    • Hi Erik! I hope you can join our reading challenge this year. 🙂 Happy New Year to one of my favorite 11 year old kid!


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  5. I’m in again, Myra. I read 15 books for the challenge this year, and will again take on the silver level. Thanks for hosting again, and Happy New Year!


  6. I won’t be doing many reading challenges this year, but I have decided to keep this one. I hope to do better this year. Happy New year!


  7. Yay! So glad that you are hosting this again! I had fun in 2012!!


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  9. Great idea…I’ll be back to sign up for this! Glad to have found your site through the Mother Reader comment challenge.


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  11. Great idea! I’ll be sharing this on my blog and hoping others join in. Will you attend the ALA Youth Media Awards event in Seattle?


    • Hi Diane, Thanks for the share! Truly appreciate it. The more the merrier. 🙂 When is the ALA Youth Media Awards event in Seattle?


      • From the ALA website: the 2013 announcements will take place at 8 a.m. PT on Jan. 28, from the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. If you can’t be there, view the webcast. It’s an amazing exciting event.


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  22. I am interested in signing up. I haven’t done any official challenges- just the ones in my head. I started an IMWAYR blog, where I can review books. Do you have any guidelines for your reviews? I would say I haven’t done very structured reviews so far – just sort of sharing my opinion of books without summarizing them. Thanks!


    • Hi Lee! It would be wonderful if you can sign up for the challenge! 🙂 The reviews don’t have to be structured at all, you can just share your thoughts about the book. It’s absolutely your call if you want to summarize them or not. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your sign-up reading goal.


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  35. what a great challenge idea! I seem to be stretched too thin with challenges already but I can’t help myself!!!


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  76. This looks like a great challenge! I think it’s a bit late to sign up this year, but I hope you run it again for 2014!


    • Hi Beth, never too late! It really depends on your goal. I’m sure you’d be able to review a number of books till december. 🙂


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