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Regina Medal


The Regina Medal award, established in 1959 and sponsored by the Catholic Library Association, is administered by the Children’s Library Services Section through the Regina Medal Committee at the will of the Catholic Library Association Executive Board. The only criterion for the award is that of excellence. The Regina Medal is awarded annually to a living exemplar of the words of the English poet, Walter de la Mare “only the rarest kind of best in anything can be good enough for the young,” for continued, distinguished contribution to children’s literature without regard to the nature of the contribution.


2016 Regina Medal Award Winner - Lee Bennett Hopkins

lee bennett hopkinsThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Lee Bennett Hopkins as the recipient of the 2016 Regina Medal Award.  Lee Bennett Hopkins has written and edited numerous award-winning books for children and young adults, as well as professional texts and curriculum materials. He is a past winner of the Christopher Award, SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book Award, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most prolific anthologist of poetry for children.  The Award will be presented to Hopkins at the 2016 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educators Association Convention and Expo being held March 29-31, 2016 in San Diego, CA.

Past Regina Medal Recipients

2015 Judy Blume (website)

2014 Patricia Reilly Giff (read more)

2013 Kevin Henkes (website)

2012 Patricia Polacco (website)

2011 Ashley Bryan

2010 Gail Gibbons (website)

2009 Lois Ehlert

2008 Vera B. Williams

2007 Margaret K. McElderry

2006 Paul Goble

2005 Jerry Pinkney

2004 Susan Hirschman

2003 Jean Craighead George (website)

2002 Charlotte Zolotow (website)

2001 E.L. Konigsburg

2000 Milton Meltzer

1999 Eric Carle (website)

1998 Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack

1997 Eve Bunting

1996 Russell Freedman

1995 Gary Paulsen

1994 Lois Lowry (website)

1993 Chris Van Allsburg

1992 Jane Yolen (website)

1991 Leonard Everett Fisher

1990 Virginia Hamilton

1989 Steven Kellogg (website)

1988 Katherine Paterson (website)

1987 Betsy Byars (website)

1986 Lloyd Alexander

1985 Jean Fritz

1984 Madeleine L′Engle

1983 Thomas Anthony dePaola (website)

1982 Theodor Seuss Geisel

1981 Augusta Baker (website)

1980 Beverly Cleary (website)

1979 Morton Schindel (website)

1978 Scott O'Dell (website)

1977 Marcia Brown (website)

1976 Virginia Haviland

1975 May McNeer and Lynd Ward (website)

1974 Robert McCloskey

1973 Frances Clarke Sayers

1972 Meindert DeJong

1971 Tasha Tudor

1970 Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

1969 Lois Lenski (website)

1968 Marguerite deAngeli (website)

1967 Bertha Mahony Miller

1966 Leo Politi

1965 Ruth Sawyer Durand (website)

1964 May Hill Arbuthnot (website)

1963 Ann Nolan Clark (website)

1962 Frederic G. Melcher (website)

1961 Padraic Colum (website)

1960 Anne Carroll Moore

1959 Eleanor Farjeon (website)


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