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Important Dates

November 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017
  • Children may nominate their favorite picture and junior books published in the years 2014-present. 
  • Nominations are accepted on or through teachers and librarians via an email to co-chair, Janet West ( 

March 1 - 31, 2017
  •  Children vote for their favorite picture book and/or junior book at their school and/or public library.

March 31, 2017
  • Deadline for nominations for 2017-2018 consideration list.
  • Deadline for librarians to submit votes for EACH title. Enter votes at or send to co-chair, Lisa England (

For the complete guidelines, go to the "About the NCCBA" page and open the NCCBA Guidelines document.

2016-2017 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016-2017 North Carolina Children's Book Awards.  For activities and other resources, please go to the 2016-17 NCCBA Nominees and Activity Book page.

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • I'm Trying to Love Spiders: (it isn't easy)
    Barton, Bethany. New York: Viking Books for Young Readers,  2015

  • Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-lights 
    Beck, W.H.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2015.

  • I Yam a Donkey
    Bell, Cece.  Boston: Clarion Books, 2015

  • Wolfie the Bunny
    Dyckman, Ame.  Illus. Zachariah OHora.  New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.

  • Mother Bruce
    Higgins, Ryan.  New York: Disney-Hyperion, 2015.

  • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
    Mattick, Lindsay.  Illus. Sophie Blackall. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 2015.

  • The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
    Miller, Pat Zietlow.  Illus. Frank Morrison.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2016.

  • A Boy and a Jaguar
    Rabinowitz, Alan.  Illus. Catia Chien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2014.

  • Nerdy Birdy
    Reynolds, Aaron.  Illus. Matt Davies. New York: Roaring Press, 2015.

  • Henri's Scissors
    Winter, Jeanette.  New York: Beach Lane Books, 2013.
  • Crenshaw
    Applegate, Katherine.  New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2015.

  • The War That Saved My Life
    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  New York: Dial Books, 2015.

  • Stella By Starlight
    Draper, Sharon.  New York: Atheneum Books, 2015.

  • Mountain Dog
    Engle, Margarita.  New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2013.

  • Fish in a Tree
    Hunt, Lynda Mullaly.  New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015.

  • Roller Girl
    Jamieson, Victoria.  New York: Dial Books, 2015.

  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
    Jones, Kelly.  New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015.

  • Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
    Marino, Nan.  New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2013.

  • Pax
    Pennypacker, Sara.  New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016.

  • Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
    Pizzoli, Greg.  New York, NY: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2015.

  • Fuzzy Mud
    Sachar, Louis.  New York: Delacorte Press, 2015.

2016 Picture Book and Junior Book Winners!

2016 Picture Book Winner
2016 Junior Book Winner

2016 Voting summary

Voting Summary

PICTURE BOOKS: 78,307 total votes cast
Gaston 24350 WINNER
My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not!) 18603
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla 14969
The Cart that Carried Martin 4224
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell 4103
Gravity 3778
Some Bugs 2639
Last Stop on Market Street 2332
Blue on Blue 2182
This Orq: He Cave Boy 1127

2016 Annotated Picture Book List

JUNIOR BOOKS: 8,797 total votes cast
The One and Only Ivan 2449 WINNER
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library 1154
El Deafo 1066
The Night Gardener 799
The Fourteenth Goldfish 764
Poached 589
Rain Reign 581
Counting by 7s 509
Elvis and the Underdogs 333
Brown Girl Dreaming 322
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things 231

2015-16 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
    Applegate, Katherine. G. Brian Karas (ill): Boston: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2014

  • My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)
    Brown, Peter: NY: Little Brown and Co. 2014

  • The Cart That Carried Martin
    Bunting, Eve. Don Tate (ill): Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 2013

  • Gravity
    Chin, Jason: NY: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press. 2014

  • Last Stop on Market Street
    de la Peña, Matt . Christian Robinson (ill): NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons a Penguin Imprint. 2015

  • Gaston
    DiPucchio, Kelly. Christian Robinson (ill): NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2014

  • Some Bugs
    DiTerlizzi, Angela. Brendan Wenzel (ill): NY: Beach Lane Books. 2014

  • This Orq. (He Cave Boy)
    Elliott, David, Lori Nichols (ill): Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights. 2014

  • Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: the Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
    Stone, Tanya Lee. Marjorie Priceman (ill.): NY: Henry Holt and Co. 2013

  • Blue on Blue
    White, Dianne. Beth Krommes (ill): NY: Beach Lane Books. 2014
  • The One and Only Ivan
    Applegate, Katherine: NY: Harper. 2012

  • The Night Gardener
    Auxier, Jonathan: NY: Amulet Books. 2014

  • El Deafo
    Bell, Cece: NY: Amulet Books. 2014

  • Poached
    Gibbs, Stuart: NY: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2014

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
    Grabenstein, Chris: NY: Random House. 2013

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish
    Holm, Jennifer L.: NY: Random House. 2014

  • Elvis and the Underdogs
    Lee, Jenny. Kelly Light (ill).: NY: Balzar + Bray. 2013

  • Rain Reign
    Martin, Ann: NY: Feiwel and Friends. 2014

  • Counting by 7s
    Sloan, Holly Goldberg: NY: Dial Books for Young Readers. 2013

  • Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things
    Voigt, Cynthia. Iacopo Bruno (ill): NY: Alfred A. Knopf. 2013

  • Brown Girl Dreaming
    Woodson, Jacqueline: NY: Nancy Paulsen Books an imprint of Penguin Books. 2014