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Curriculum Library Guide: Children's Book Awards

Special library within the Jerry Falwell Library


The Curriculum Library strives to own at least one copy of Newbery Award winning and Honor books. These books have a special Award/Honor sticker on the spine of the book. Below is a listing of recent Newbery winning and honor books.

The Curriculum Library strives to own at least one copy of Caldecott Award winning and Honor books. These books have a special Award/Honor sticker on the spine of the book. Below is a listing of recent Caldecott winning and honor books.

The Curriculum Library strives to own at least one copy of Coretta Scott King award winning and Honor books. These books have a special Award/Honor sticker on the spine of the book. Below is a listing of recent Coretta Scott King winning and honor books.

EDUCATIONAL  RESOURCES  for the Coretta Scott King awarding winning books

The Curriculum Library strives to own at least one copy of Pura Belpré award winning and Honor books. Below is a listing of recent Pura Belpré winning and honor books.

The Curriculum Library strives to own at least one copy of the The Christy Award for Young Adult fiction. Below is a listing of recent Christy Award winning and finalist young adult literature.

                                                                                                                                The Virginia Readers' Choice Award (formerly The Virginia Young Readers' Award) is sponsored by  The Virginia State Literacy Association (formerly The Virginia State Reading Association) in association with The Virginia Association of School Librarians, The Virginia Library Association and the Library of Virginia Youth Services. The first award was given in 1982. Beginning in 1986, awards were given to honor books on three levels. The purpose of the award is to encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal, to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure, to encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and to honor favorite books and their authors. Winners are announced annually in late spring. Listed below is a comprehensive list of the award winning books.

Location in Curriculum Library
1982 Elementary Island of the Blue Dolphins  O'Dell FIC Ode, ebook
1983 Elementary Bridge to Terabithia Paterson FIC Pat
1984 Middle  The Westing Game  Raskin FIC Ras
1985 High School The Outsiders Hinton YA Hin
1986 Elementary Superfudge Blume FIC Blu SF #3
1986 Middle  The Cat Ate My Gymsuit  Danziger FIC Dan
1986 High School The Third Eye Hunter  
1987 Elementary The Little Vampire Bodenburg ​on order
1987 Middle  The Curse of the Blue Figurine Bellairs FIC Bel JD #1
1987 High School The Man in the Woods Wells YA Wel
1988 Primary In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories Schwartz 398.2 Sch
1988 Elementary The Indian in the Cupboard  Banks FIC Ban IC #1
1988 Middle  Ghost in My Soup Miller FIC Mil
1988 High School Izzy, Willy-Nilly Voigt YA Voi
1989 Primary Heckedy Peg Wood 398.21 Woo
1989 Elementary Wait Till Helen Comes Hahn FIC Hah
1989 Middle  The Other Side of Dark Nixon YA Nix
1989 High School Face at the Edge of the World Bunting YA Bun
1990 Primary The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth  Cole 551 Col
1990 Elementary The ghosts in the attic (Republished as: Christina's ghost) Wright ​FIC Wri
1990 Middle  Hatchet Paulsen YA Pau
1990 High School Wolf Rider Avi YA Avi
1991 Primary Two Bad Ants Van Allsburg E Van
1991 Elementary Matilda Dahl FIC Dah
1991 Middle  Good Night, Mr. Tom Magorian FIC Mag
1991 High School Say Goodnight, Gracie Deaver FIC Dea
1992 Primary The Great White Man-Eating Shark Mahy E Mah
1992 Elementary The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story Hahn FIC Hah
1992 Middle  A Family Apart  Joan Lowery Nixon FIC Nix OT#1
1992 High School Don't Look Behind You Duncan YA Dun
1993 Primary The Talking Eggs San Souci 398.208996 San
1993 Elementary Exploring the Titanic Ballard 910.9163 Bal
1993 Middle Maniac Magee  Spinelli FIC Spi
1993 High School Plague Year  Tolan YA Tol
1994 Primary Beware of Boys  Blundell ​On order
1994 Elementary Ten Kids, No Pets  Martin FIC Mar
1994 Middle The Dead Man in Indian Creek Hahn FIC Hah
1994 High School How Could You Do It, Diane?  Pevsner YA Pev
1995 Primary The Rough-Face Girl  Martin 398.2 Mar
1995 Elementary Ghost Cadet   lphin FIC Alp
1995 Middle Flight #116 Is Down! Cooney YA Coo
1995 High School Jumping the Nail  Bunting ​YA Bun
1996 Primary Dogzilla  Pilkey E Pil
1996 Elementary A Haunting in Williamsburg Kassem FIC Kas
1996 Middle School The Giver Lois Lowry FIC Low GI#1, eBook
1996 High School Just Like Martin   Davis ​On order
1997 Primary Copycat  Brown ​On order
1997 Elementary Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story Hahn FIC Hah
1997 Middle Walk Two Moons  Creech FIC Cre
1997 High School Tears Of A Tiger  Draper YA Dra HH#1
1998 Primary Suddenly!  McNaughton On order​
1998 Elementary Fig Pudding Fletcher ​On order
1998 Middle The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm Farmer YA Far
1998 High School Daughter of the Stars Whitney ​Out of print
1999 Primary My Little Sister Ate One Hare Grossman E Gro
1999 Elementary Earthquake Terror Kehret FIC Keh
1999 Middle Crash Spinelli FIC Spi
1999 High School The China Garden  Berry ​On order
2000 Primary The Red Racer Wood ​Out of print
2000 Elementary The Junkyard Dog  Tamar ​Out of print
2000 Middle Spirit Seeker  Nixon ​Out of print
2000 High School Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul  Canfield eBook
2001 Primary Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod Blake ​E Bla
2001 Elementary The Ghost of Fossil Glen DeFelice FIC Def
2001 Middle Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key  Gantos FIC Gan JP#1
2001 High School If You Come Softly Woodson YA Woo CS #1
2002 Primary Hooway for Wodney Wat Lester E Les
2002 Elementary The Secret of Platform 13 Ibbotson FIC Ibb
2002 Middle Blackwater Bunting FIC Bun
2002 High School A Door Near Here  Quarles ​on order
2003 Primary Soccer Mom from Outer Space Saltzberg E Sal
2003 Elementary Because of Winn-Dixie  DiCamillo FIC DiC
2003 Middle No More Dead Dogs Korman FIC Kor
2003 High School Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Rennison  
2004 Primary The Recess Queen O'Neill E O'Ne
2004 Elementary The Summer of Riley Bunting FIC Bun
2004 Middle Flipped Van Draanen YA Van
2004 High School The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise & Fulfill a Dream Davis on order
2005 Primary Epossumondas Salley 398.21 Sal
2005 Elementary 7 x 9 = Trouble! Mills FIC Mil WW #2
2005 Middle Loser Spinelli FIC Spi
2005 High School The House Next Door Cusick YA Cus
2006 Primary The Monster Who Ate My Peas Schnitzlein E Sch
2006 Elementary Say What? Haddix FIC Had
2006 Middle Eragon  Paolini YA Pao YH#1
2006 High School The Year Of Secret Assignments Moriarty FIC Mor
2007 Primary Guji Guji Chen E Che
2007 Elementary The Last Holiday Concert Clements FIC Cle
2007 Middle The Sea of Trolls Farmer YA Far ST #1
2007 High School My Sister's Keeper Picoult

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2008 Primary He Came with the Couch Slonim E Slo
2008 Elementary John, Paul, George & Ben Smith E Smi
2008 Middle The Lightning Thief Riordan YA Rio PJ#1
2008 High School Uglies Westerfeld YA Wes
2009 Primary Once I Ate a Pie  MacLachlan 811 Mac
2009 Elementary The Ghost's Grave  Kehret FIC Keh
2009 Middle Airborn Oppel YA Opp
2009 High School The Glass Castle Walls B Wal
2010 Primary Library Mouse  Kirk E Kir
2010 Elementary Lemonade War Davies FIC Dav LW#1
2010 Middle Savvy  Law FIC Law
2010 High School Unwind  Shusterman ​YA Shu UD #1
2011 Primary Chester Watt E Wat
2011 Elementary Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Look FIC Loo AH #1
2011 Middle Breathe: A Ghost Story McNish FIC McN
2011 High School The Hunger Games Collins YA Col HG#1
2012 Primary We are in a book! Willems E Wil EP#13
2012 Elementary All the lovely bad ones  Hahn FIC Hahn
2012 Middle Out of My Mind Draper FIC Dra
2012 High School The Knife of Never Letting Go Ness YA Nes CW #1
2013 Primary I Need My Monster Noll E Nol
2013 Elementary Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom Wight FIC Wig FP #1
2013 Middle Powerless Cody FIC Cod
2013 High School Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Cohn YA Coh DL#1
2014 Primary The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Murray E Mur
2014 Elementary The One and Only Ivan  Applegate FIC App
2014 Middle Wonder Palacio YA Pal
2014 High School The Fault in Our Stars Green YA Gre
2015 Primary Again! Gravett E Gra
2015 Elementary The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary) Selfors FIC Sel IV #1
2015 Middle One for the Murphys Hunt FIC Hun
2015 High School Every Day Levithan YA Lev ED #1
2016 Primary Lion vs Rabbit Latimer E Lat
2016 Elementary Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Grabenstein FIC Gra LL#1
2016 Middle  Prisoner B-3087 Gratz ​YA Gra
2016 High School Fake ID Giles YA Gil
2017 Primary I Yam a Donkey! Bell E Bel
2017 Elementary The terrible two Barnett FIC Joh TT#1
2017 Middle  Echo Ryan FIC Rya
2017 High School I'll Give You the Sun Nelson ​YA Nel
2018 Primary You Must Be This Tall Weinberg E Wei
2018 Elementary Fuzzy Mud Sachar FIC Sac
2018 Middle  The War That Saved My Life Bradley FIC Bra WS#1
2018 High School Salt to the Sea Sepetys YA Sep
2019 Primary The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Daywalt E Day
2019 Elementary Wish O'Connor FIC O'Co
2019 Middle  Ghost Reynolds FIC Rey TR #1
2019 High School Learning to Swear in America Kennedy YA Ken
2020 Primary Can I Be Your Dog?  Cummings E Cum
2020 Elementary Front Desk Yang FIC Yan FD #1
2020 Middle  Restart Korman FIC Kor
2020  High School One of Us is Lying  McManus YA McM
2021 Primary What Do They Do With All That Poo? Kurtz 591.5 Kur
2021 Elementary Thirty Minutes Over Oregon Nobleman 940.5428 Nob
2021 Middle  Breakout Messner YA Mes
2021 High School Everless Holland YA Hol EL #1
2022 Primary Who Wet My Pants? Shea on order
2022 Elementary When Stars Are Scattered Jamieson B Jam
2022 Middle  Planet Earth is Blue Panteleakos on order
2022 High School Children of the Blood and Bone Adeyemi  

Triple Crown Awards

In 1992 Sandra Morrow, the librarian at Brentwood Christian School in Texas, established the Childrens Crown Award.  The purpose of the Triple Crown Awards is to encourage elementary and middle school students to read wholesome and uplifting books with edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals. Books are selected annually.  There are three awards based on age categories: The Gallery Award(grades 1-3), The Crown Award(grades 4-5), and The Lamplighter Award(grades 6-8). The National Christian School Association and Harding University administer the awards.

The Cardinal Cup Award (formerly known as The Jefferson Cup Award) was established in 1982 to honor a distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people. The Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people, and to recognize authors in these disciplines. From 2012-2021 two books were selected: one for geared toward young adult readers and one for young readers. Beginning in 2022, the Committee returned to the original model, honoring the most distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people.

There are many other numerous book awards that celebrate children's and young adult literature, including state awards. To find information about other book awards, simply do a search for children's book awards. To find specific state awards, search for the particular state name + children's book awards.