2021 Picture Book and Junior Book Winners

We collected almost 50,000 votes this year despite COVID restrictions and we are very happy to announce the winners of the 2021 North Carolina Children's Book Award!

Be Quiet!, written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins, is the winner of the picture book category with 12,348 votes.


Stargazing, written by Jen Wang, is the winner of the junior book category with 513 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. To see the voting summary for this year's awards, please go to the 2021 Results and Materials page.

We hope to announce the nominees for the 2022 awards soon!