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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 books.

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

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2008 Primary He Came with the Couch David Slonim E Slo
2008 Elementary John, Paul, George & Ben Lane Smith E Smi
2008 Middle School The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan YA Rio PJ#1
2008 High School Uglies Scott Westerfeld YA Wes
2009 Primary Once I Ate a Pie  Patricia MacLachlan 811 Mac
2009 Elementary The Ghost's Grave  Peg Kehret FIC Keh
2009 Middle School Airborn Kenneth Oppel YA Opp
2009 High School The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls B Wal
2010 Primary Library Mouse  Daniel Kirk E Kir
2010 Elementary Lemonade War Jacqueline Davies FIC Dav LW#1
2010 Middle School Savvy  Ingrid Law FIC Law
2010 High School Unwind  Neal Shusterman ​YA Shu UD #1
2011 Primary Chester Melanie Watt E Wat
2011 Elementary Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Lenore Look FIC Loo AH #1
2011 Middle School Breathe: A Ghost Story Cliff McNish FIC McN
2011 High School The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins YA Col HG#1
2012 Primary We are in a book! Mo Willems E Wil EP#13
2012 Elementary All the lovely bad ones  Mary Downing Hahn FIC Hahn
2012 Middle School Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper FIC Dra
2012 High School The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness YA Nes CW #1
2013 Primary I Need My Monster Amanda Noll E Nol
2013 Elementary Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom Eric Wight FIC Wig FP #1
2013 Middle School Powerless Matthew Cody FIC Cod
2013 High School Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Rachel Cohn YA Coh DL#1
2014 Primary The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Laura Murray E Mur
2014 Elementary The One and Only Ivan  Katherine Applegate FIC App
2014 Middle School Wonder R. J. Palacio YA Pal
2014 High School The Fault in Our Stars John Green YA Gre
2015 Primary Again! Emily Gravett E Gra
2015 Elementary The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary) Suzanne Selfors FIC Sel IV #1
2015 Middle School One for the Murphys Lynda Mullaly Hunt FIC Hun
2015 High School Every Day David Levithan YA Lev ED #1
2016 Primary Lion vs Rabbit Alex Latimer E Lat
2016 Elementary Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein FIC Gra LL#1
2016 Middle School Prisoner B-3087 Alan Gratz ​YA Gra
2016 High School Fake ID Lamar Giles YA Gil
2017 Primary I Yam a Donkey! Cece Bell E Bel
2017 Elementary The terrible two Mac Barnett FIC Joh TT#1
2017 Middle School Echo Pam Munoz Ryan FIC Rya
2017 High School I'll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson ​YA Nel
2018 Primary You Must Be This Tall Steven Weinberg E Wei
2018 Elementary Fuzzy Mud Louis Sachar FIC Sac
2018 Middle School The War That Saved My Life Kimberly Brubaker Bradley FIC Bra WS#1
2018 High School Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys YA Sep
2019 Primary The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Drew Daywalt E Day
2019 Elementary Wish Barbara O'Connor FIC O'Co
2019 Middle School Ghost Jason Reynolds FIC Rey TR #1
2019 High School Learning to Swear in America Katie Kennedy YA Ken
2020 Primary Can I Be Your Dog?  Troy Cummings E Cum
2020 Elementary Front Desk Kelly Yang FIC Yan FD #1
2020 Middle School Restart Gordon Korman FIC Kor
2020  High School One of Us is Lying  Karen M. McManus YA McM

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 Jefferson Cup Award was established in 1982 to honor a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Beginning with the 2012 Jefferson Cup, two books were selected: one for geared toward young adult readers and one for young readers. 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. 

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.