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North Carolina Children's Book Award

The North Carolina Children’s Book Award program is a children’s choice program sponsored by school and public librarians in North Carolina and is designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and to instill a love of reading.

The 2015 nominated titles for the NCCBA contest will be announced in mid-May. Nominated titles will be posted on the NCSLMA site and the Bookhive site listed below, and will be highlighted at various workshops throughout our state.

2014 Winners

  • The Haunted Hamburger and other Ghostly Stories, written by David LaRochelle, is the winner in the Picture Book Category with 22,182 votes of the 95,982 cast.

  • Wonder, by R.J Palacio, is the winner in the Junior Book Category with 2,403 votes of the 9,462 cast.

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2015 North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees

This is the official list of nominees released by the NCCBA Committee. Please consult this list when ordering titles for your voting program. All vendors may not include each title in their promotional materials.

Reviews for all titles coming soon!

Picture Books

Junior Books

  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
    Brown, Peter: NY: Little, Brown, and Co. 2013

  • Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball
    Coy, John: Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books. 2013

  • The Day the Crayons Quit
    Daywalt, Drew: NY: Philomel Books. 2013

  • The Snatchabook
    Docherty, Helen: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2013

  • What's the Time, Mr. Wolf
    Gliori, Debi: NY: Walker Books. 2012

  • Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty and Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries
    Levinthal, David & Nickle, John: NY: Schwartz & Wade Books. 2012

  • Sophie's Squash
    Miller, Pat Zietlow: NY: Schwartz & Wade Books. 2013

  • Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons
    Muth, Jon J: NY: Scholastic. 2014

  • Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives
    Schaefer, Lola M: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books. 2013

  • The Dark
    Snicket, Lemony: NY: Little, Brown, and Co. 2013

  • That is Not a Good Idea
    Willems, Mo: NY: Balzer + Bray. 2013

  • This is the Rope: a Story of the Great Migration
    Woodson, Jacqueline: NY: Nancy Paulsen Books. 2013
  • Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
    Avi: NY: Beach Lane Books. 2012

  • Hold Fast
    Balliett, Blue: NY: Scholastic Press. 2013

  • Get the Scoop on Animal Poop: From Lions to Tapeworms, 251 Cool Facts about Scat, Frass, Dung & More!
    Cusick, Dawn: Watertown, MA: Imagine Publishing. 2012

  • Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures
    DiCamillo, Kate: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 2013

  • A Tangle of Knots
    Graff, Lisa: NY: Philomel Books. 2013

  • The Hypnotists
    Korman, Gordon: NY: Scholastic Press. 2013

  • Ungifted
    Korman, Gordon: NY: Balzar + Bray. 2012

  • Duke
    Larson, Kirby: NY: Scholastic Press. 2013

  • Capture the Flag
    Messner, Kate: NY: Scholastic Press. 2012

  • The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail: A Novel
    Peck, Richard: NY: Dial Books for Young Readers. 2013

  • Goblins
    Reeve, Philip: NY: Scholastic Books. 2012

  • The Menagerie
    Sutherland, Tui T: NY: Harper. 2013

About the NCCBA

The North Carolina Children's Book Award began in 1992. Each year since then, school and public libraries participate in the process of selecting, studying and voting for the next winner! Members of the North Carolina Library Association's children's committee select a group of picture books and junior novels from suggestions submitted by North Carolinian school children. The list of books is then given to each school and public library throughout the state. During the course of the year, classroom teachers, media specialists and public librarians in North Carolina encourage children to become familiar with the nominees and vote for their favorite title in two categories: "Picture Book" and "Junior Book". The award is therefore truly a children's book award - selected by the children of the state of North Carolina!

For information about joining the NCCBA Committee, please contact one of the co-chairs listed below.

NCCBA Contact Information

North Carolina Children's Book Award Committee Co-Chairs
Lisa Tucker England
Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools
Frank Morgan Elementary
3210 Village Point Drive
Clemmons, NC 27102
Jane Deacle
Public Librarian
Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605

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