The North Carolina Children's Book Award program is a children's choice program designed to introduce children to current children's literature and to instill a love of reading. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Library Association's Youth Services Section and supported by school and public librarians across the state.
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 López. 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.