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2013 Winners

Primary

We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Hyperion Books for Children, 2010.

Intermediate

The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence.  Delacorte Press, 2009.

Middle School/Junior High

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Young Adult

Matched by Ally Condie. Dutton, 2010.

Picture Books for Older Readers

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle written by Brian Dennis. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.

 

 

PAST WINNERS AND NOMINEES
Primary Booklist 
Intermediate Booklist 
Middle School/Junior High Booklist 
Young Adult Booklist
Picture Books for Older Readers Booklist 

 


PAST WINNERS BY YEAR PRINTER- FRIENDLY VERSION
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1975 1980 1985 1990  1995 2000 2005 2010  
1976 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011  
1977 1982 1987 1992 1997 2002  2007 2012  
1978  1983 1988 1993 1998 2003 2008    
1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009   NOTES
               

 

2012 Winners
I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass Graceling by Kristin Cashore Henry's Freedom Box written by Ellen Levine
Primary

I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll.  Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Flashlight Press, 2009.

Intermediate

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth.  Walker & Co., 2008.

Middle School/Junior High

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. Little, Brown & Co., 2008.

Young Adult

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  Harcourt, 2008.

Picture Books for Older Readers

Henry's Freedom Box written by Ellen Levine. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic Press, 2007.

 



2011 Winners
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy.  Illustrated by Michael Austin. Cracker:  The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohota Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith
Primary

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illustrated by Michael Austin. Peachtree Publications, 2008.

Intermediate

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. Razorbill, 2008.

Middle School/Junior High

Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohota.  Atheneum, 2007.

Young Adult

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Scholastic Press, 2008.

Picture Books for Older Readers

John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith.  Hyperion Books, 2006.

 

2010 Winners
Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier No Talking by Andrew Clements Alabama Moon by Watt Key The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
Primary

Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier. Walker, 2007.

Intermediate

No Talking by Andrew Clements. Simon & Schuster, 2007

Middle School/Junior High

Alabama Moon by Watt Key. Straus & Giroux, 2006

Young Adult

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Little Brown and Co., 2007

Picture Books for Older Readers

Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby.  Illustrated by Lynne Barasch. Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

 

2009 Winners
Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey Sheep by Valerie Hobbs Heat by Mike Lupica Sold by Patricia McCormick Mystery at the Club Sandwich
Primary

Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.  Kids Can Press, 2006

Intermediate

Sheep by Valerie Hobbs. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006

Middle School/Junior High

Heat by Mike Lupica Philomel Books, Penguin, 2006

Young Adult

Sold by Patricia McCormick.  Hyperion, 2006.

Picture Books for Older Readers

Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman. Illustrated by Doug Cushman. Clarion Books, 2005.

 

2008 Winners
Superdog Each Little Bird That Sings The Schwa Was Here Private Peaceful Mr. Maxwell's Mouse
Primary

Dex: The Heart of a Hero (originally published as Superdog: The Heart of a Hero) by Caralyn Buehner. Illustrated by Mark Buehner. (Harper Collins, 2004)

Intermediate

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. (Harcourt, 2005)

Middle School/Junior High

The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman. (Dutton Children's Books, 2004)

Young Adult

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo. (Scholastic Press, 2003)

Picture Books for Older Readers

Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch. Illustrated by Devin Asch. (Kids Can Press, 2004)

 

2007 Winners

Primary

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003)

Intermediate

Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise, illustrated by Patrick Benson (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2004)

Middle School/Junior High

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (Putnam's, 2004)

Young Adult

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Picture Books for Older Readers

Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson (Scholastic Press, 2004)

 

2006 Winners

Primary

Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland (Duttons Children's Books, 2003)

Intermediate

The Good Dog by Avi (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001)

Middle School/Junior High

12 Again by Sue Corbett (Dutton's Children's Books, 2002)

Young Adult

After by Francine Prose (HarperCollins, 2003)

Picture Books for Older Readers

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming and Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003)

 

2005 Winners
Primary Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming and
G. Brian Karas
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002)
Intermediate Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Joanna Cotler, 2002)
Middle School/Junior High Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (Philomel Books, 2002)
Young Adult Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Philomel Books, 2001)
Picture Books for Older Readers Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 2001)

 

2004 Winners
Primary A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 2001)
Intermediate The School Story by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster, 2001)
Middle School/Junior High Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (Knopf, 2001)
Young Adult Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka (Delacorte Press, 1999)
Picture Books for Older Readers And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon by Janet Stevens (Harcourt, 2001)

 

2003 Winners
Primary I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child (Candlewick, 2000)
Intermediate Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 2000)
Middle School/Junior High Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen (HarperCollins, 2001)
Young Adult Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters (Little Brown, 2000)
Picture Books for Older Readers The Babe and I by David Adler (Harcourt Brace, 1999)

 

 

2002 Winners
Primary Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
Intermediate Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman (Hyperion, 1997)
Middle School/Junior High Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998)
Young Adult Bad by Jean Ferris (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998)
Picture Books for Older Readers Weslandia by Paul Fleischman (Candlewick, 1999)

 

 

2001 Winners
Primary Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement (HarperCollins, 1998)
Intermediate Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman (Avon, 1997)
Middle School/Junior High Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
Young Adult Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville (Harcourt Brace, 1998)

 

 

2000 Winners
Primary Lost by Paul Brett Johnson and Celeste Lewis (Orchard, 1996)
Intermediate Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (Scholastic, 1999)
Middle School/Junior High Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Harper Trophy, 1998)
Young Adult Breaking Boxes by A.M. Jenkins (Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1998)

 

 

1999 Winners
Primary Livingstone Mouse by Pam Edwards. Illustrated by Henry Cole (HarperCollins, 1996)
Intermediate The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Peter Sis (Greenwillow Press, 1995)
Middle School/Junior High Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (Delacorte Press, 1994)
Young Adult The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle (Scholastic, 1995)

 

 

1998 Winners
Primary Dog Breath by Dav Piley (Blue Sky Press, 1994)
Intermediate The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar (Knopf, 1995)
Middle School/Junior High The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte, 1995)
Young Adult Ironman by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, 1995)

 

 

1997 Winners
Primary Don't Fidget a Feather by Erica Silverman. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Macmillan, 1994)
Intermediate Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville (Harcourt, 1992; Pocket Books, 1993)
Middle School/Junior High Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen (Hyperion, 1993)
Young Adult Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, 1993; Dell, 1995)

 

 

1996 Winners
Primary Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Harcourt Brace, 1994)
Intermediate Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion Books, 1994)
Middle School/Junior High Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (Scholastic, 1993)
Young Adult Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland (Harcourt Brace, 1994)

 

 

1995 Winners
Primary Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh (Houghton, 1992)
Intermediate Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad (HarperCollins, 1990; 1991)
Middle School/Junior High Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen (Hyperion, 1991; 1993)
Young Adult Downriver by Will Hobbs (Atheneum, 1991; Bantam/Starfire, 1992)

 

 

1994 Winners
Primary High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun. Illustrated by Erick Ingraham (Morrow, 1991)
Intermediate Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts (Atheneum, 1991)
Middle School/Junior High There's a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli (Simon & Schuster, 1991; 1993)
Young Adult We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier (Delacorte, 1991; Dell, 1993)

 

 

1993 Winners
Primary Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 1990; Mulberry Books, 1992)
Intermediate Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume (Dutton, 1990; Dell, 1991)
Middle School/Junior High Something Upstairs by Avi (Orchard, 1988; Avon, 1990)
Young Adult The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (Delacorte, 1990; Dell, 1992)

 

 

1992 Winners
Primary Never Spit on Your Shoes by Denys Cazet (Clarion, 1986; Orchard Books, 1990)
Intermediate All About Sam by Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
Middle School/Junior High Sniper by Theodore Taylor (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989)
Young Adult A Sudden Silence by Eve Bunting (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989)

 

 

1991 Winners
Primary Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)
Intermediate Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith (Crown, 1987; Dell, 1988)
Middle School/Junior High December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion, 1988)
Young Adult Night Kites by M.E. Kerr (Harper & Row, 1986)

 

 

1990 Winners
Primary Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf. Illustrated by Ed Young (Lothrop, 1987)
Intermediate The War with Grandpa by Robert K. Smith (Delacourt, 1984)
Middle School/Junior High The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon (Delacorte, 1986; Dell, 1987)
Young Adult Izzy, Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum, 1996; Fawcett, 1987)

 

 

1989 Winners
Primary What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick. Illustrated by Donald Carrick (Clarion, 1986)
Intermediate The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop (Holiday House, 1985; Bantam, 1986)
Middle School/Junior High The Stalker by Joan Lowery Nixon (Delacorte, 1985)
Young Adult The Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting (Ticknor, 1985; Dell, 1986)

 

 

1988 Winners
Primary If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. Illustrated by Felicia Bond (Harper & Row, 1985; Scholastic, 1988)
Intermediate Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days by Stephen Manes (Houghton Mifflin, 1982; Bantam, 1987)
Middle School/Junior High The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn (Scribner, 1983; Penguin, 1985)
Young Adult Interstellar Pig by William Sleator (Dutton, 1984)

 

 

1987 Winners
Primary The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Illustrated by Don Wood Harcourt Brace, 1984
Intermediate The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright (Holiday House, 1983; Scholastic, 1985)
Middle School/Junior High You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye by Patricia Hermes (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1982; Scholastic, 1984)
Young Adult Pursuit by Michael French (Delacorte, 1981; Dell, 1983)

 

 

1986 Winners
Primary Space Case by Edward Marshall. Illustrated by James Marshall (Dial, 1980)
Intermediate Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements (Viking, 1981; Scholastic, 1982)
Middle School/Junior High Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts (Atheneum, 1980; Scholastic, 1982)
Young Adult The Darkangel by Meredith Pierce (Little Brown, 1982; Dell, 1982)

 

 

1985 Winners
Primary Herbie's Troubles by Carol Chapman. Illustrated by Kelly Oechsli (Dutton, 1981)
Intermediate The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Doubleday, 1980; Avon, 1982)
Middle School/Junior High Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer (Morrow, 1983; Avon, 1981)
Young Adult The Truth Trap by Frances Miller (Dutton, 1980; Dell, 1982)

 

 

1984 Winners
Primary Bagdad Ate It by Phyllis Green. Illustrated by Joel Schick (Watts, 1980)
Intermediate The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor (Doubleday, 1981)
Middle School/Junior High There's a Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger (Delacorte, 1980; Dell, 1982)
Young Adult Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan (Little, Brown, 1981; Dell, 1982)

 

 

1983 Winners
Primary Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer (Scholastic, 1977)
Intermediate Superfudge by Judy Blume (Dutton, 1980; Dell, 1981)
Middle School/Junior High Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (Bradbury, 1981; Dell, 1982)
Young Adult Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan (Little, Brown, 1976; Dell, 1977)

 

 

1982 Winners
Primary Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard. Illustrated by James Marshall (Houghton Mifflin, 1977)
Intermediate NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Middle School/Junior High Hail, Hail, Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford (Little, Brown, 1987; Archway, 1980)
Young Adult NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)

 

 

1981 Winners
Primary NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Intermediate Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (Doubleday, 1977; Dell 1979)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin, 1977; Bantam, 1979)

 

 

1980 Winners
Primary Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet (Houghton Mifflin, 1977)
Intermediate NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Middle School/Junior High The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (Harper & Row, 1977)
Young Adult NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)

 

 

1979 Winners
Primary NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Intermediate Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (Knopf, 1975)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult The Late Great Me by Sandra Scoppettone (Putnam, 1976)

 

 

1978 Winners
Primary Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate. Illustrated by Diane de Groat (Crown, 1975)
Intermediate NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)

 

 

1977 Winners
Primary NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Intermediate Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers (Harper & Row, 1972)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult Watership Down by Richard Adams (Macmillan, 1972)

 

 

1976 Winners
Primary How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet (Houghton Mifflin, 1971; 1983)
Intermediate NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)

 

 

1975 Winners
Primary NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Intermediate How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (Watts, 1973)
Middle School/Junior High NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)
Young Adult NO AWARD GIVEN (see NOTES)

 

 

NOTES

The first Primary Award was given in 1976. Primary books were not included in the voting in 1977, 1979 and 1981. Beginning in 1987, the illustrator of the winning book was given full recognition along with the author.

Intermediate books were not included in the 1976, 1978, or 1980 voting. After the 1977 voting, it was decided the intermediate category was too broad and a Middle School/Junior High School category was added.

The Middle School/Junior High School Award began in 1980; it was not included in the voting in 1981.

The Young Adult Award began in 1977. Young Adult books were not included in the voting in 1978, 1980, and 1982.

The Picture Books for Older Readers Award was begun in 2000; it was not included in the vote of 2001.

 

 

 

 


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