2024 NCCBA Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees

We are very pleased to announce the nominees for the 2024 North Carolina Children's Book Awards.  We selected twelve titles for both lists because of possible availability issues.  In order to vote in March 2024, 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 Blue House
    Wahl, Phoebe.  New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

    The Blue House

  • Chester Van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme
    Monsen, Avery. Illustrated by Abby Hanlon.  New York; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2022.

  • Clovis Keeps His Cool
    Aronson, Katelyn. Illustrated by Eve Farb.  Salem, MA : Page Street Kids, 2021.

  • Dandelion Magic
    Farrell, Darren. Illustrated by Maya Tatsukawa.  New York : Dial Books, 2021.

  • How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion
    Shiraishi, Ashima.  Illustrated by Yao Xiao.  New York : Make Me a World, 2020.

  • I Am Every Good Thing
    Barnes, Derrick. Illustrated by Gordon C. James.  New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020.

  • Jabari Tries
    Cornwall, Gaia.  Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2020.

  • Memory Jars
    Brosgol, Vera.  New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2021.

  • Negative Cat
    Blackall, Sophie.  New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021.

  • Paletero Man/¡Que Paletero tan Cool!
    Diaz, Lucky.  Illustrated by Micah Player.   New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2021.

  • Sheepish (Wolf under Cover)
    Yoon, Helen.  Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2021.

  • What Can You Do With a Rock?
    Miller, Pat Zietlow.  Illustrated by Katie Kath.  Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2021.

  • 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag
    Davis, Amanda.  Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport.  New York : WorthyKids, 2021.

  • The Boy at the Back of the Class 
    Raúf, Onjali Q..  New York : Delacorte Press, 2020.

  • Dog Squad
    Grabenstein, Chris.  New York : Random House Children's Books, 2021.

  • The Elephant in the Room
    Sloan, Holly Goldberg.  New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2021.

  • Invisible
    Gonzalez, Christina Diaz.  Illustrated by Gabriella Epstein.  New York : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2022.

  • The Last Beekeeper
    Cartaya, Pablo.  Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2023.

  • A Rover's Story
    Warga, Jasmine.  New York : Balzer + Bray, 2022.

  • Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs
    Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion, 2022.

  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
    Kim, Jessica.  New York : Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020.

  • Starfish
    Fipps, Lisa.  New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021.

  • Swim Team
    Christmas, Johnnie.  New York : Harper Alley, 2022.

  • Your Place in the Universe
    Chin, Jason.  New York : Holiday House, 2020.