Book Awards

Book Awards Director

Tammy Gruer, tammygruer@ncslma.org

North Carolina Children's Book Award (NCCBA)

Lisa England, lisaengland@ncslma.org

Personal note: No one will ever forget 2020! The NCCBA committee was determined to find a way for the children of North Carolina to have a voice in choosing the winning titles of 2020, even in a pandemic. Our public library chair, Janet West, did a wonderful job redesigning our blog spot by loading book trailers, read alouds, and a voting platform right on the blog spot for students to access and cast their votes. Media coordinators and public librarians were also able to enter votes they had collected before our schools and libraries were closed. We are sending a big thank you out to everyone who helped make this year a success. 

The NCCBA committee is very excited to announce the 2020 North Carolina Children’s Book Award winners! Our picture book winner is Can I Be You Dog, by Troy Cummings, and the junior book winner is Front Desk, by Kelly Yang. Both authors will be filming an acceptance speech which I will post on the blog spot. Check our blog spot soon for the 2021 list and other items of interest.

This program is sponsored by NCSLMA and the Children’s Services and School Librarian sections of the North Carolina Library Association. Voting directions are posted each fall.

The picture book category honors a picture book, suitable for lower elementary aged students (K-3). This award is intended to broaden students' awareness of current literature for youth, to promote reading aloud with students in the early grades as a means of introducing reading as a pleasure, and to recognize and honor children's favorite books and authors.

The purpose of the junior book category is to encourage students in the upper elementary grades (4-6) to become better acquainted with noteworthy writers of contemporary books, to broaden their awareness of literature as a means of personal satisfaction and as a lifelong pursuit, and to give recognition and honor to their favorite books and authors.

A committee of public librarians and school librarians work together gathering nominations, promoting the program, reading the books to children, sharing related activities with children, selecting titles, and sponsoring the voting for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program each year.  Children throughout the state vote during the month of March for their favorite book from the nominated lists. Winners from previous school years are listed at nccba.blogspot.com. These awards are presented annually during the fall NCSLMA conference in Winston-Salem.

North Carolina Young Adult Book Award

Sarah Swartz, sarahswartz@ncslma.org

The North Carolina Young Adult Book Award was initiated in 2008 to encourage reading at the middle and high school levels by involving students in the process of selecting and voting on the best books for their age group.  Studies consistently show that reading for pleasure begins to wane as children reach middle school age and the goal of this award is to get these kids interested in reading good, current books that appeal to their age level.   Each year the committee selects ten books for middle school readers and ten books for high school readers to make up the two NC YA Book Award lists.  The titles are chosen from nominations of books published within the last three years that have been submitted by students and media coordinators across the state. Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to read from the lists and think critically about what they read.  Then in March, they vote for their favorite book.  After tallying the student votes a winner is announced in April and the new book lists are published.

Please visit our web site for book trailers, curriculum links, summaries and other promotional materials for current and past lists.

We need your help... 

It's time for a new North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Logo! 

The winner of the Logo Design Contest will be awarded $75

Interested? Find out more here.

School Media Coordinators, please help us promote the contest!




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