We weren't able to give our winning authors their awards in person this year but we heard from them virtually! Troy Cummings accepts the 2020 North Carolina Children's Picture Book Award for Can I Be Your Dog? and Kelly Yang accepts the Junior Book Award for Front Desk.
Each nominee has a book trailer, discussion questions and activities. Students may vote for their favorite title if they have read at least 3 of the 10 nominees. Check for digital copies on your local public library's website (or NC Kids digital library).
Each nominee has a read-aloud and enrichment activities. Students may vote for their favorite title if they have read at least 5 of the 10 nominees. Check for digital copies on your local public library's website (or NC Kids digital library).
It's time to start nominating picture books and junior books for the 2021-2022 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. Nominations will be accepted until April 16, 2021.
The Activity Booklet for the 2021 North Carolina Children's Book Award is ready! The link for one document with the activities for all of the 2021 award nominee is below.
To help you find the activities for each book a little easier, there are also pages* for the picture book and junior book nominees with read-alouds/book trailers and the activities for each book in their own document. We hope this makes it easier for everyone to have fun with the 20 great kid-nominated titles this year!
*Unfortunately, blogger is having technical issues so we can't make them visible (yet!) In the meantime, we'll put the information in posts (since that still seems to work!)
Sorry for the delay in posting the Activity Booklet for the 2021 NCCBA nominees. Not only has our timeline gotten all catawampus, but we're also having to rethink the types of activities that belong in the booklet due to virtual learning! Please bear with us. As with everything else we've had to do this year to make sure the award continues, the Activity Booklet is evolving to meet the needs of our teachers/librarians and students.
We plan to have activities and read-alouds available by the end of the month. Thanks for your patience!
Annotated Picture Book list
Annotated Junior Book list
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!
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|
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!)