It's important for academic libraries to find the right balance when it comes to recognizing books that meet the diverse needs of their students and faculty. Award-winning books often represent recognized literary merit and critical acclaim. Their presence in a library reflects its commitment to offering top-notch content and staying updated on literary trends.

GOBI Library Solutions offers adult and children's award programs from U.S., Canadian and UK based organizations that help libraries identify titles that may otherwise not fit their standard approval plans. This program allows libraries to either be notified when new awards winners are released and/or to automatically receive books for a particular award each year.

New award categories are announced twice a year around July and January and many of the new award categories are added as the result from customer requests. This year GOBI has added several awards including some that offer content from diverse and historically underrepresented voices as well as awards focused on Young Adult (YA) content. Browse the list below to see our new award categories as well as some popular options that have stood the test of time.

New 2024 Additions to the Adult GOBI Awards Program:
Alice Award 

Cercador Prize for Literature in Translation
Cundhill History Prize
Ignyte Awards 

James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Conservation
Next Generation Indie Book Award
Taste Canada Award
Ursula K. LeGuin Prize for Fiction

New 2024 Additions to the Children's GOBI Awards Program:
Canadian Children's Book Center
Ignyte Awards

Popular Adult Awards: 
Pulitzer Prizes
National Book Awards
PEN/Faulkner Awards 

National Book Critics Circle Awards
ALA Black Caucus Literary Awards

Popular Children's Awards: 
Carnegie Medal
Newbery Medal
Coretta Scott King Awards
Pura Belpre Award
Michael L. Printz Award

To get an awards program started for your library please contact your GOBI representative or request more information at

Learn more about the GOBI awards program and how these plans have helped libraries identify titles that may otherwise not fit their standard approval plans.