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.

2017 Picture Book and Junior Book Winners!

The North Carolina Children's Book Award Committee is proud to announce the 2017 winners!

Our Picture Book winner is I Yam a Donkey, written and illustrated by Cece Bell.

Our Junior Book winner is Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson.

To see the voting summary for this year's awards, please go to the 2017 Results and Materials page. Thank you to all the school media coordinators and public librarians who make this wonderful program a priority for their students and patrons. As we continue to strive to give young people a voice, our goal is to involve more and more schools and libraries to widen our reach across North Carolina.

New titles for the 2018 contest will be released mid-May!

2017 Junior Book Winner
2017 Picture Book Winner

Kelly DiPucchio accepts award

Kelly DiPucchio attended the North Carolina School Library Media Association conference two weeks ago to receive her award for the 2016 Picture Book Winner - Gaston!  Here she is with members of the NCCBA committee (Kelly DiPucchio is seated in front) while Gaston accepts the NCCBA award plaque.

5 Ways to Participate in NCCBA

Check out how to get involved in the North Carolina Children's Book Awards. Your kids will be able to nominate their favorites very soon - November 1!


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 nccba.blogspot.com or through teachers and librarians via an email to co-chair, Janet West (janet.west@wakegov.com). 

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 nccba.blogspot.com or send to co-chair, Lisa England (lengland@wsfcs.k12.nc.us).

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