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North Carolina Children's Book Award (NCCBA)

The 2015-2016 Book Awards have been announced! See the links below.


The North Carolina Children's Book Award Committee will no longer be using the Bookhive site through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library. Please visit our new site at the link below for updates, annual contest nominees, nomination instructions in the fall, and voting information in the spring. On this site we are able to archive materials such as voting results by year, the Activity Booklets, and Committee Guidelines. We hope this will streamline all of our information and make your participation in this wonderful program even easier! Please email Lisa England with any questions. Thank you!  lengland@wsfcs.k12.nc.us


altThis program is sponsored by NCSLMA and the Children’s Services and School Librarian sections of the North Carolina Library Association.  We will have information on how to register for next year's voting at a later time.

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 below. These awards are presented annually during the fall NCSLMA conference in Winston-Salem.

Click here for the 2015-2016 Picture Book and Junior Book Nominees.

Click here for a list of the 2015 Committee Members.

Click here for the North Carolina Children's Book Award Activity Booklet (2015-2016).
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NCCBA Winners 2015-2016


The 2016 NCCBA Picture Book Award goes to:  

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

The 2016 NCCBA Junior Book Award goes to :

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Click here for the final vote tallies.



NCCBA Winners 2014-15


The North Carolina Children’s Book Award Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 winners! 

In the Picture Book Category, "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers with 27,010 votes out of 81,467 votes cast!

In the Junior Book Category, "Duke" by Kirby Larson, is the winning title with 1,303 votes out of 6570 votes cast!

We appreciate each and every school and public library that participated in our program this year. We look forward to another exciting year in 2016 and would love to recruit even more participants in the coming years. 

The committee members are busy reviewing and selecting titles for next year’s contest.  The final nominations will be released mid-May and posted through Bookhive, NCSLMA, NCLA, and selected vendors.

NCCBA Winners 2013-2014


Picture Book Category

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories
by David LaRochelle

Nominations for Picture and Junior Books

Junior Book Category

by R J Palacio


NCCBA Winners 2012-13

Picture Book Category

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean 

Received 29,598 votes of the 98,087 cast!


Junior Book Category

The Candymakers 
by Wendy Mass

Received 1,496 votes of the 9,651 cast!










NCCBA Winners 2011-12 


Picture Book Category

The Book that Eats People
by John Perry

Received 40,912 of the 118,499 votes cast!


Junior Book Category

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger

Received 2,305 of the 11,921 votes cast!


NCCBA Winners 2010-11

Picture Book Category

Rhyming Dust Bunnies
by Jan Thomas

Received 20,501 of the 96,916 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

The Lemonade War

by Jacqueline Davies

Received 2,134 of the 12,604 votes cast!

NCCBA Winners 2009-10

Picture Book Category

Who is Melvin Bubble?

by Nick Bruel

Received 19,652 of the 140,002 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney

Received 12,054 of the 26,780 votes cast!

NCCBA Winners 2007-08

Picture Book Category

Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watts

Received 24,564 of the 120,796 votes cast!


Junior Book Category

Frankenstein Makes 
a Sandwich 
by Adam Rex

Received 2410 of the 17,880 votes cast!


NCCBA Winners 2006-07

Picture Book Category

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
by Kevin O'Malley

Received 51,204 of the 159,769 votes cast!


Junior Book Category

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of 
a Stray 
by Ann M. Martin

Received 6,331 of the 30,714 votes cast!


NCCBA Winners 2005-06

Picture Book Category

My Lucky Day

by Keiko Kasza

Received 22,124 of the 126,490 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

by Robert J. Blake

Received 4,767 of the 24,202 votes cast!


NCCBA Winners 2004-05

Picture Book Category

Bad Boys
by Margie Palatini

Received 21,235 of the 129,542 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

The Secret Knowledge of Grownups: The Second File
by David Wisniewski

Received 3,401 of the 24,556 votes cast!

NCCBA Winners 2003-04

Picture Book Category

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs
by Alan Katz

Received 23,524 of the 130,559 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

Secrets of Ms. Snickle's Class
by Laurie M. Hornik

Received 3,442 of the 22,285 votes cast!

NCCBA Winners 2002-03

Picture Book Category

More Parts
by Tedd Arnold

Received 19,060 of the nearly 126,000 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

Fearless Jack
adapted and illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson

Received 4,919 of the nearly 31,000 votes cast!

NCCBA Winners 2001-02

Picture Book Category

A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon

Received more than 18,500 of the nearly 104,000 votes cast!

Junior Book Category

Salt in His Shoes
by Deloris Jordan

Received more than 4,200 of nearly 20,500 votes!