2020 Picture Book and Junior Book Winners

It took some creative thinking and a lot of hard work from teachers and librarians across the state for the children of North Carolina to vote for their favorites this year, but it's been done!  We have winners for the 2020 North Carolina Children's Book Award.

Can I Be Your Dog?, written and illustrated by Troy Cummings, is the winner of the picture book category with 5,377 votes.

 



Front Desk, written by Kelly Yang, is the winner of the junior book category with 532 votes.

 



The North Carolina Children's Book Award committee would like to thank all of the children who voted virtually through this website or their school librarians and teachers. We appreciate you all being flexible and making the extra effort to participate this year!

To see the voting summary for this year's awards, please go to the 2020 Results and Materials page.

The nominees for the 2021 awards will be released by mid-July!



Listen to the Picture Book Nominees

Listen to all of the 2020 North Carolina Children's Book Award Picture Book nominees and then vote!  Voting will end at the end of the day on May 31.
 
Click on the title or the caption under the book cover to listen to the book.

Because by Mo Willems (illus. Amber Ren) 
 
Listen to Because by Mo Willems

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings 

Listen to Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings

The Crayon Man: the true story of the invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow (illus. Steven Salerno)

Listen to The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow

Misunderstood Shark: Starring Shark! by Ame Dyckman (illus. Scott Magoon)

Listen to Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman



Mixed: a colorful story by Arree Chung

Listen to Mixed: a colorful story by Arree Chung


Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller

Listen to Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller


The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy (illus. Eugene Yelchin)

Listen to The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy
Click here to listen to the author read the beginning of the book.


The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

Listen to The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach


We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Listen to We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins


The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Listen to The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds


Now that you've listened to all of the books, you may vote for your favorite (as long as you're a kid!)


 

Start Nominating books for the 2021 Awards!

It's time to start nominating picture books and junior books for the 2020-2021 North Carolina Children's Book Awards!  Nominations are generated by the children of North Carolina.  Teachers and librarians may help children enter their nominations or do it for them, but no teacher or librarian should enter their own favorites.  That's what makes this award so special - the books are nominated by kids and then voted on by kids to get to the top two books of the year!  Click on "nominate a book" to get started.

Kids may nominate more than one favorite.


2019 Winners Accept Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 award winners!   

Ame Dyckman, author of Read the Book, Lemmings! was on hand at the North Carolina School Library Media Association's annual conference at the beginning of October to accept her award for 2019's favorite Picture Book.  The illustrator, Zachariah OHora, was not able to attend but was present in spirit (and on a stick puppet! - as was Alan Gratz!) 


North Carolina author, Alan Gratz was the winner of our Junior Book Award for Refugee.  He was unable to accept his award in person but submitted this acceptance video.

We will begin collecting nominations for the 2021 award on November 1!  The nominations link will be open through the end of March 2020.


2020 Activity Booklet published

The Activity Booklet for the 2020 North Carolina Children's Book Award is ready!  It's full of great ideas on how to share the 20 excellent books nominated for the 2020 awards with children across the state.  Voting starts in February 2020 to determine which titles will be chosen as the favorite picture book and junior book for the year.

If you create more great ways to share the books on this year's lists, please let us know and we'll add them to the website!

2020 NCCBA Activity Booklet