2020 Winners Accept Awards

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.

 
 

 

 

2021 Junior Book Nominees with activities

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). 


Aru Shah and the End of Time Book Trailer

Aru Shah and the End of Time Activities

Because of the Rabbit Book Trailer

Because of the Rabbit Activities

Cape Book Trailer

Cape Activities

Day the Universe Exploded My Head Book Trailer

Day the Universe Exploded My Head Activities

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Book Trailer

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Activities

Harbor Me Book Trailer

Harbor Me Activities

Honeybee Read-aloud

Honeybee Activities

Prairie Lotus Book Talk

Prairie Lotus Activities

Stargazing Book Trailer

Stargazing Activities

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Book Trailer

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Activities



2021 Picture Book Nominees with activities

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). 


Be Quiet! Read-aloud

Be Quiet! Activities

The Brilliant Deep Read-aloud

The Brilliant Deep Activities

The Day You Begin Read-aloud

The Day You Begin Activities

The Donkey Egg Read-aloud

The Donkey Egg Activities

Fry Bread Read-aloud

Fry Bread Activities

Going Down Home with Daddy Read-aloud

Going Down Home with Daddy Activities

The Good Egg Read-aloud

The Good Egg Activities

Hair Love Read-aloud

Hair Love Activities

La Princesa and the Pea Read-aloud

La Princesa and the Pea Activities

Rescue & Jessica Read-aloud

Rescue & Jessica Activities

Start nominating your favorites for the 2022 NCCBA awards.

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. 

 NOMINATE A BOOK

Kids may nominate more than one favorite.  Nominations will be accepted until March 31, 2021.

2021 Activity Booklet ready!

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.  

2021 NCCBA Activity Booklet

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!)

2020-21 Activity Booklet still in the works

 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!

2021 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2021 North Carolina Children's Book Awards. 

Annotated Picture Book list
Annotated Junior Book list

Picture Books

Junior Books

  •  Be Quiet!
    Higgins, Ryan T..  Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2017.


  • The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
    Messner, Kate. Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe.   San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2018.


  • The Day You Begin
    Woodson, Jacqueline. Illustrated by Rafael L√≥pez.  New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018.


  • The Donkey Egg
    Stevens, Janet and Susan Stevens Crummel.  Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.


  • Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
    Maillard, Kevin Noble. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.  New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2019.


  • Going Down Home with Daddy
    Lyons, Kelly Starling. Illustrated by Daniel Minter.   Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2019.


  • The Good Egg
    John, Jory. Illustrated by Pete Oswald.  New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.


  • Hair Love
    Cherry, Matthew A.. Illustrated by Vashti Harrison.  New York : Kokila, 2019.


  • La Princesa and the Pea
    Elya, Susan Middleton. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.  New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017.


  • Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
    Kensky, Jessica and Patrick Downes. Illustrated by Scott Magoon.   Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time
    Chokshi, Roshani.  Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, 2018.


  • Because of the Rabbit
    Lord, Cynthia.  New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.


  • Cape
    Hannigan, Kate.  New York : Alladin, 2019.


  • The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again
    Wolf, Allan. Illustrated by Anna Raff.  Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019.


  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington
    Marks, Janae.   New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2020.


  • Harbor Me
    Woodson, Jacqueline.   New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018.


  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
    Fleming, Candace. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann.   New York : Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Holiday House, 2020.


  • Prairie Lotus
    Park, Linda Sue.   Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.


  • Stargazing
    Wang, Jenny.  New York : FirstSecond, 2019.


  • The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Conner, Leslie.  New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.

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!)