Book Awards

Book Awards Contacts

Tammy Gruer,

North Carolina Children's Book Award (NCCBA)

The North Carolina Children's Book Award (NCCBA) is sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association and the Youth Services Section of the North Carolina Library Association. Since 1992, North Carolina's school children have nominated their favorite books published within the past three years.  Members of the NCCBA committee select 10-12 titles from the nominated books in two categories, picture books and junior books.  During the course of the year, classroom teachers, media specialists and public librarians encourage children to become familiar with the nominees and vote for their favorite titles in March. The award is truly a children's book award - selected by the children of the state of North Carolina!

Thank you to the many public and school librarians and teachers from all over the state who make the work of the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program possible.  Public librarians and school librarians work together gathering nominations, promoting the program, reading the books to children, sharing related activities with children, and sponsoring the voting for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program each year.  Each of you encourages students to read the nominated books and to participate in the Book Award Program.  It is your support and involvement in the program that guarantees its continuation and success.

For information about joining the NCCBA Committee, please contact one of the co-chairs listed below.  New members are considered in July-September.

North Carolina Children's Book Award Committee Co-Chairs

Lisa Denning Wendy Moorehead

Janet West

A special thanks to the following librarians for their efforts to attend the selection meeting, manage the year-long business of the committee, and write activities for the activity booklet.


School Librarians

  • Michelle Burton  (Spring Valley Elementary School, Durham)
  • Lisa England (Frank Morgan Elementary School, Winston Salem)
  • Cadetrus Fikes  (Ben Martin Elementary School, Fayetteville)
  • Ashley Greene  (West Marion Elementary School, Marion)
  • Jessica Hathcock  (Landis Elementary School, Landis)
  • Tammy Hill   (Walnut Cove Elementary School, Walnut Cove)
  • Stephanie Howell   (Carolina Day School, Asheville)
  • Alison Hurley  (VanStory Hills Elementary School, Fayetteville)
  • Melissa Mann   (Hillcrest Elementary School, Burlington)
  • Heather McCutchen  (Clemmons Elementary, Clemmons)
  • Lea McDaniel   (Retired School Librarian, Charlotte)
  • Wendy Moorehead   (Western Harnett High School, Lillington)
  • Wendy Shoaf   (Walkertown Elementary School, Walkertown)

Public Librarians

  • Kelly Cehelnik  (Union County Public Library, Monroe)
  • Stephanie Edwards  (Wayne County Public Library, Mt. Olive)
  • Jesse Figuera  (Buncombe County Public Libraries, Asheville)
  • Amber Hargett  (Neuse Regional Library System, Kinston)
  • Lara Luck   (Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem)
  • Larisa Martin   (Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library, Charlotte)
  • Meg Smith   (Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center, Fayetteville)
Author Contact and Award Coordinator - vacant

North Carolina Young Adult Book Award

The North Carolina Young Adult Book Award was started 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 published within three years of the award year to make up the two NC YA Book Award lists.  The titles are chosen from nominations 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.  
Timeline for NC YA Book Award:
September to March - Students read books from the middle and high school lists
October - Presentation from NCYA book award committee at NCSLMA conference
November - NC YA Book Award committee presents a session at the NCSLMA annual conference introducing the books on the current years list.
March - Students vote for their favorite book
Students nominate titles for next year's list
Media coordinators tally votes and nominations and send them to the committee
April - The winner of the NC YA Book Award is announced
The new list of books is published.

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