The Levstik Award, named after author Fran Levstik (1831–1887), has been bestowed by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House since 1949 for original literary works, non-fiction for children, and illustrations, as well as for lifetime achievement in writing and illustration. It was the first literary award established by a Slovene publishing house after World War II and has contributed significantly to the recognition of quality children’s and young adult literature.
Only books published by Mladinska knjiga Publishing House are eligible for the award, although the award committee is composed of outside members. Initially the award was presented annually and since 1991 it has been presented biennially.
Slovenske pravljice v Stripu, by Matjaž Schmidt, winner of the Levstik Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009 Uganke 100 in 1, by Andrej Rozman Roza, illustrated by Svjetlan Junaković, both winners of Levstik Awards for children's literature, 2009 Zelišča male čarovnice, by Polonca Kovač, winner of the Levstik Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009 Left to right, front row: Svjetlan Junaković, Polonca Kovač, Matjaž Schmidt, Andrej Rozman Roza, the Levstik Award winners in 2009 The four Levstik Award winners receiving their prizes at the award ceremony, 2009