2023 Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2023 North Carolina Children's Book Awards.  We selected twelve titles for both lists because of possible availability issues.  In order to vote, children should read at least 5 picture book nominees and/or 3 junior book nominees.

Annotated Picture Book list
Annotated Junior Book list

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • The Box Turtle
    Roeder, Vanessa..  New York : Dial Books, 2020.

  • The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng
    Gholz, Sophia. Illustrated by Kayla Harren.   Sleeping Bear Press, 2019.

  • Dozens of Doughnuts
    Finison, Carrie. Illustrated by Brianne Farley.  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 2020.

  • Eat Your Rocks, Croc!
    Keating, Jess. Illustrated by Pete Oswald.  New York : Orchard Books, 2020.

  • Except Antarctica!
    Sturgell, Todd.  Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Explore, 2021.

  • How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
    Winstanley, Nicola. Illustrated by John Martz.   Toronto, ON : Tundra Books, 2019.

  • I'm Trying to Love Garbage
    Barton, Bethany.  New York : Viking Books for Young Readers, 2021.

  • It Fell From the Sky
    Fan, Terry and Eric.  New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2021.

  • Mars! Earthlings Welcome
    McAnulty, Stacy. Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.  New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2021.

  • Nigel and the Moon
    Eady, Antwan. Illustrated by Gracey Zhang.   New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2022.

  • A Song of Frutas
    Engle, Margarita. Illustrated by Sara Palacios.   New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2021.

  • Watercress
    Wang, Andrea. Illustrated by Jason Chin.  New York : Neal Porter Books, 2021.

  • Amari and the Night Brothers
    Alston, B.B..  New York : Balzer + Bray, 2021.

  • Clean Getaway
    Stone, Nic.  New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, 2020.

  • Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate
    Levine, Sara.  Illustrated by Masha D'yans. Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, 2019.

  • How to Build an Insect
    Gibson, Roberta. Illustrated by Anne Lambelet.  Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, 2021.

  • Katie the Catsitter
    Venable, Colleen AF. Illustrated by Stephanie Yue.   New York : Random House Children's Books, 2021.

  • A Place at the Table
    Faruqi, Saadia and Laura Shovan.   Boston : Clarion Books, 2020.

  • Rez Dogs
    Bruchac, Joseph.   New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2021.

  • Skunk and Badger
    Timberlake, Amy. Illustrated by Jon Klassen.   Chapel Hill, NC ; Algonquin Young Readers, 2020.

  • Unplugged
    Korman, Gordon.  New York : Balzer + Bray, 2021.

  • Willodeen
    Applegate, Katherine.  New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2021.

  • A Wolf Called Wander
    Parry, Rosanne.  New York : Greenwillow Books, 2019.

  • The World Ends in April
    McAnulty, Stacy.  New York : Random House Books for Young Readers, 2019.