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

2019-20 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019-2020 North Carolina Children's Book Awards. 

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • Because
    Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Amber Ren.  New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2019.

  • Can I Be Your Dog?
    Cummings, Troy. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018.

  • The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
    Biebow, Natascha. Illustrated by Steven Salerno. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.

  • Misunderstood Shark: Starring Shark!
    Dyckman, Ame. Illustrated by Scott Magoon. New York: Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018.

  • Mixed: A Colorful Story
    Chung, Arree. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

  • Potato Pants!
    Keller, Laurie. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018.

  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet
    Deedy, Carmen Agra. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. New York: Scholastic Press, 2017.

  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar
    Burach, Ross. New York: Scholastic Press, 2019.

  • We Don't Eat Our Classmates
    Higgins, Ryan T.. Los Angeles: Disney-Hyperion, 2018.

  • The Word Collector
    Reynolds, Peter H.. New York: Orchard Books, and imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018.
  • Ban This Book
    Gratz, Alan. New York: Starscape, 2017.

  • Be Prepared
    Brosgol, Vera. New York: First Second, 2018.

  • Breakout
    Messner, Kate. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2018.

  • A Boy Called Bat
    Arnold, Elana K.. New York: Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.

  • Float
    Martin, Laura. New York: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.

  • Front Desk
    Yang, Kelly. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018.

  • Full of Beans
    Holm, Jennifer L.. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 2016.

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
    Harrison, Vashti. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

  • Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
    McAnulty, Stacy. New York: Random House, 2018.

  • Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo
    Maynard, Thane. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.

2019 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 2019!

Read the Book, Lemmings!, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora, is the winner of the picture book category with 18,797 votes.


Refugee, written by Alan Gratz, is the winner of the junior book category with 1,448 votes.


Children across North Carolina have submitted their votes in their schools and in their 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 2019 Results and Materials page.

New titles for the 2020 contest will be released mid-May!

2019 Voting still open!

We know it's a very busy time of the year so the 2019 Voting link will remain open through Wednesday, April 10. If you have problems with the Google form or have questions, please contact Lisa England ( or Janet West (

Thanks for participating in the North Carolina Children's Book Award

2019 NCCBA Voting

2019 Voting is open!

If you are a student still wanting to vote for your favorite, go see your teacher or librarian to cast your vote!

During the month of March, teachers and librarians should gather their students' votes for their favorite picture book and junior book from the list of 2018-19 North Carolina Children's Book Award nominees.   

Only teachers and librarians should complete the vote tally survey (link is below) when they have gathered all of the votes for their school or library and found a total number of votes for each title. Please submit the totals for your school or library only once.  Votes will be collected through Friday, April 5.

If you have questions or are unable to submit your votes through the Google survey, please email your totals for each title to Lisa England at 

Record your total votes here!

2019 Voting deadline extended

Voting deadline extended!
Due to early inclement weather across our state, the NCCBA voting deadline will be extended to Friday, April 5th. Remember there is no longer a requirement for schools or libraries to register to participate. Once you have gathered votes for all titles, the totals may be entered easily here on our website starting March 1 and closing at the end of the day on April 5. 

Nominations for 2020 awards still accepted!
We are still accepting kid's nominations for their favorite picture and junior books published from 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.  Librarians and teachers are welcome to help their kids submit nominations through March 31.  Just a reminder that all titles should be suggestions from kids!

Thanks for participating!