2018-19 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018-2019 North Carolina Children's Book Awards. 

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
    Santat, Dan. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2017.


  • A Perfect Day
    Smith, Lane. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016.


  • The Bad Seed
    John, Jory. Illustrated by Pete Oswald. New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.


  • Love
    de la Peña, Matt. Illustrated by Loren Long. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.


  • Malala's Magic Pencil
    Yousafzai, Malala. Illustrated by Kerascoët. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.


  • Nerdy Bird Tweets
    Reynolds, Aaron. Illustrated by Matt Davies. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2017.


  • Plants Can't Sit Still
    Hirsch, Rebecca. Illustrated by Mia Posada. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, 2016.


  • Read the Book, Lemmings!
    Dyckman, Ame. Illustrated by Zachariah OHora. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.


  • Super Manny Stands Up!
    DiPucchio, Kelly. Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.


  • Trombone Shorty
    Andrews, Troy. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015.
  • Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
    Barton, Chris. Illustrated by Victo Ngai. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, 2017.


  • The First Rule of Punk
    Pérez, Celia C..  New York: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.


  • How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story
    Barnett, Mac. Illustrated by Adam Rex. Los Angeles: Disney Hyperion, 2016.


  • I'm Just No Good at Rhyming, and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grownups
    Harris, Chris. Illustrated by Lane Smith. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.


  • The Parker Inheritance
    Johnson, Varian. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018.


  • Refugee
    Gratz, Alan. New York: Scholastic Press, 2017.


  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing
    Pennypacker, Sara. Los Angeles: Disney-Hyperion, 2016.


  • Wishtree
    Applegate, Katherine. New York: Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2017.

2018 Picture Book and Junior Book Winners

The children of North Carolina have spoken! The North Carolina Children's Book Award Committee is proud to announce the winning titles for 2018!

Quit Calling Me a Monster!, written by Jory John and illustrated by Bob Shea, is the winner of the picture book category with 13,905 votes.



Wish, written by Barbara O'Connor, is the winner of the junior book category with 2,051 votes.





Children across North Carolina have been voting since March 1st in their schools and in the public libraries. Thank you to everyone who participated this year! If you have not been involved in this wonderful program that gives children a voice, we would love to have you join us next year.  To see the voting summary for this year's awards, please go to the 2018 Results and Materials page.


New titles for the 2019 contest will be released mid-May!




Cece Bell and Victoria Jamieson accept 2017 awards

Congratulations to our two award-winning authors! Cece Bell and Victoria Jamieson collect the 2017 NCCBA picture book and junior book awards, respectively, at the North Carolina School Library Media Association's annual conference this past week.
Cece Bell accepts 2017 picture book award for I Yam a Donkey.

Victoria Jamieson accepts 2017 junior book award for Roller Girl.

Cece, Vicki, Lisa, Wendy, Lisa and Victoria enjoy the moment at the NCSLMA conference.

2018 Activity Booklet and gold seals

The 2018 NCCBA Activity Booklet is ready!  It contains all of the information you need to participate in the North Carolina Children's Book Award as well as activities to help you share all of the books with your students or patrons.

2018 Activity Booklet

Seals to place on the front of winning books are available from NCCBA co-chair, Lisa England at a cost of $0.25 each.  Please make checks payable to NCSLMA and mail to Lisa England, Frank Morgan Elementary School, 3210 Village Point Drive, Clemmons, NC 27102.  Purchase orders or email requests are also accepted.

We have something new this year to access the Prezi for our Junior Book Nominees.  Scan this QR Code and you will go directly to the Prezi.  The Prezi has book trailers for all of the Junior Book Nominees in one handy place!








Thank you for supporting the North Carolina Children's Book Award!

2017-18 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017-2018 North Carolina Children's Book Awards. 

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • Ada Twist, Scientist
    Beaty, Andrea. Illustrated by David Roberts. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers,  2016.


  • The Bear and the Piano
    Litchfield, David. Boston: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


  • Giant Squid
    Fleming, Candace. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2016


  • Lion Lessons
    Agee, Jon. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016.


  • Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
    Smith, Alex T.. New York: Scholastic Press, 2016.


  • Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
    Campoy, F. Isabel. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


  • Quit Calling Me a Monster!
    John, Jory. Illustrated by Bob Shea. New York: Random House, 2016.


  • Thunder Boy Jr.
    Alexie, Sherman. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.


  • The Toad
    Gravel, Elise. Toronto, Ontario: Tundra Books, 2016.


  • Water is Water
    Paul, Miranda. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
  • Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: the First Computer Programmer
    Stanley, Diane. Illustrated by Jessie Hartland. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.


  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
    Connor, Leslie. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2016.


  • Garvey's Choice
    Grimes, Nikki. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Wordsong, 2016.


  • Ghost
    Reynolds, Jason. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016


  • Moo
    Creech, Sharon. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, 2016.


  • A Poem for Peter: the Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
    Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. New York: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016.


  • Save Me a Seat
    Weeks, Sarah and Gita Varadarajan. New York: Scholastic Press, 2016.


  • Some Writer!: the Story of E.B. White
    Sweet, Melissa. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


  • The Terrible Two
    Barnett, Mac and Jory John. New York: Amulet Books, 2015.


  • Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions
    Barton, Chris. Illustrated by Don Tate. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2016.


  • Wild Robot
    Brown, Peter. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.


  • Wish
    O'Connor, Barbara. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.