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Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present

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The Little Fishes by Erik Christian Haugaard (Houghton)

Picture Book
London Bridge Is Falling Down by Peter Spier (Doubleday) 


The Spring Rider by John Lawson (Crowell)

  Honor Books   Young Mark by E.M. Almedingen (Farrar); Dark Venture by Audrey White Beyer (Knopf); Smith by Leon Garfield (Pantheon); and The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (Crowell)

Picture Book
Tikki Tikki Tembo written by Arlene Mosel, illustrated by Blair Lent (Holt)

  Honor Books   Gilgamesh: Man’s First Story retold and illustrated by Bernarda Bryson (Holt); Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (Macmillan); Jorinda and Joringel written by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Adrienne Adams (Scribners); and All in Free but Janey written by Elizabeth Johnson, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Little)


A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Parnassus)

  Honor Books   Flambards by K. M. Peyton (World); Turi’s Poppa by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar); and The Pigman by Paul Zindel (Harper)

Picture Book
The Adventures of Paddy Pork by John S. Goodall (Harcourt)

  Honor Books   New Moon Cove written and illustrated with photographs by Ann Atwood (Scribners); Monkey in the Jungle written by Edna Mitchell Preston, illustrated by Clement Hurd (Viking); and Thy Friend Obadiah by Brinton Turkle (Viking)


The Intruder by John Rowe Townsend (Lippincott)

  Honor Book   Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver (Lippincott)

Picture Book
Hi, Cat! by Ezra Jack Keats (Macmillan)

  Honor Books   A Story, A Story by Gail Haley (Atheneum)


A Room Made of Windows by Eleanor Cameron (Atlantic)

  Honor Books   Beyond the Weir Bridge by Hester Burton (Crowell); Come by Here by Olivia Coolidge (Houghton); Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum)

Picture Book
If I Built a Village . . . by Kazue Mizumura (Crowell)

  Honor Books   If All the Seas Were One Sea by Janina Domanska (Macmillan); The Angry Moon retold by William Sleator, illustrated by Blair Lent (Atlantic); and A Firefly Named Torchy by Bernard Waber (Houghton)


Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliff (Dutton)

Picture Book
Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham (Holt)


The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (Atheneum)

  Honor Books   The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man by Lloyd Alexander (Dutton); An Island in a Green Sea by Mabel Esther Allan (Atheneum); and No Way of Telling by Emma Smith (Atheneum/McElderry)

Picture Book
King Stork written by Howard Pyle, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Little)

  Honor Books   The Magic Tree by Gerald McDermott (Holt); Who, Said Sue, Said Whoo? by Ellen Raskin (Atheneum); and The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward (Houghton)


M.C. Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamiltion (Macmillan)

  Honor Books   And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? written by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes (Coward); The Summer after the Funeral by Jane Gardam (Macmillan); and Tough Chauncey by Doris Buchanan Smith (Morrow)

Picture Book
Jambo Means Hello written by Muriel Feelings, illustrated by Tom Feelings (Dial)

  Honor Books   All Butterflies by Marcia Brown (Scribners); Herman the Helper written by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey (Windmill); and A Prairie Boy's Winter by William Kurelek (Houghton)


Transport 7-41-R by T. Degens (Viking)

  Honor Book   The Hundred Penny Box written by Sharon Bell Mathis, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Viking)

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Anno's Alphabet by Mitsumasa Anno (Crowell)

  Honor Books   She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by John Steptoe (Lippincott); Scram Kid! written by Ann McGovern illustrated by Nola Langner (Viking); and The Bear's Bicycle written by Emilie Warren McLeod, illustrated by David McPhail (Atlantic)


Unleaving by Jill Paton Walsh (Farrar)

  Honor Books   A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond (Atheneum/McElderry); A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter (Harper); and Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (Harper) 

Voyaging to Cathay: Americans in the China Trade by Alfred Tamarin and Shirley Glubok (Viking)

  Honor Books   Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? written by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Coward); Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer (Harper); and Pyramid by David Macaulay (Houghton) 

Picture Book
Thirteen by Remy Charlip and Jerry Joyner (Parents)

  Honor Books   The Desert Is Theirs written by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall (Scribners); Six Little Ducks by Chris Conover (Crowell); and Song of the Boat written by Lorenz Graham, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Crowell) 


Child of the Owl by Laurence Yep (Harper)

  Honor Books   Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff (Dutton); Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (Dial); and The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall (Greenwillow)

Chance, Luck and Destiny by Peter Dickinson (Atlantic)

  Honor Books   Watching the Wild Apes by Betty Ann Kevles (Dutton); The Colonial Cookbook by Lucille Recht Penner (Hastings); and From Slave to Abolitionist by Lucille Schulberg Warner (Dial)

Picture Book
Granfa' Grig Had a Pig and Other Rhymes Without Reason from Mother Goose by Wallace Tripp (Little)

  Honor Books   Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno (Crowell); Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions written by Margaret Musgrove, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Dial); and The Amazing Bone by William Steig (Farrar)

Special Citation
The Changing City and The Changing Countryside by Jorg Mueller (Atheneum/McElderry)   


The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)

  Honor Books   Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary (Morrow); Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater (Lippincott); and Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy (Harper)

Mischling, Second Degree by Ilse Koehn (Greenwillow)

  Honor Books   Settlers and Strangers: Native Americans of the Desert Southwest and History as They Saw It by Betty Baker (Macmillan); and Castle by David Macaulay (Houghton)

Picture Book
Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno (Collins-World)

  Honor Books   The Story of Edward by Philippe Dumas (Parents); On to Widecombe Fair written by Patricia Lee Gauch, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Putnam); andWhat Do You Feed Your Donkey On? Rhymes from a Belfast Childhood collected by Collette O'Hare, illustrated by Jenny Rodwell (Collins-World)  


Humbug Mountain by Sid Fleischman (Atlantic)

  Honor Books   All Together Now by Sue Ellen Bridgers (Knopf); and Silas and Ben-Godik by Cecil Bodker (Delacorte)

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian (Greenwillow)

  Honor Books   The Iron Road: A Portrait of American Railroading written by Richard Snow, illustrated with photographs by David Plowden (Four Winds); Self-Portrait: Margot Zemach by Margot Zemach (Addison); and The Story of American Photography: An Illustrated History for Young People by Martin Sandler (Little) 

Picture Book
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (Random)

  Honor Books   Cross-Country Cat written by Mary Calhoun, illustrated by Erik Ingraham (Morrow); and Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (Greenwillow)  


Conrad's War by Andrew Davies (Crown)

  Honor Books   The Night Swimmers by Betsy Byars (Delacorte); Me and My Million by Clive King (Crowell); and The Alfred Summer by Jan Slepian (Macmillan)

Building: The Fight Against Gravity written by Mario Salvadori, illustrated by Saralinda Hooker and Christopher Ragus (Atheneum/McElderry)

  Honor Books   Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and with photographs (Crowell); Stonewall written by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Putnam); and How the Forest Grew written by William Jaspersohn, illustrated by Chuck Eckart (Greenwillow)

Picture Book
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)

  Honor Books   The Gray Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang (Greenwillow); and Why the Tides Ebb and Flow written by John Chase Bowden, illustrated by Marc Brown (Houghton)

Special Citation
Graham Oakley's Magical Changes by Graham Oakley (Atheneum) 


The Leaving by Lynn Hall (Scribners)

  Honor Books   Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch (Viking); Flight of the Sparrow by Julia Cunningham (Pantheon); and Footsteps by Leon Garfield (Delacorte)

The Weaver's Gift written by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated with photographs by Christopher G. Knight (Warne)

  Honor Books   You Can't Be Timid with a Trumpet: Notes from the Orchestra written and illustrated with photographs by Betty English (Lothrop); The Hospital Book written by James Howe, illustrated with photographs by Mal Warshaw (Crown); and Junk Food, Fast Food Health Food: What America Eats and Why by Lila Perl (Clarion)

Picture Book
Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak (Harper)

  Honor Books   Where the Buffaloes Begin written by Olaf Baker, illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Warne); On Market Street written by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Anita Lobel (Greenwillow); and Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)   


Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park (Atheneum)

  Honor Books   The Voyage Begun by Nancy Bond (Atheneum); Ask Me No Questions by Ann Schlee (Holt); and The Scarecrows by Robert Westall (Greenwillow)

Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939–1944 by Aranka Siegal (Farrar)

  Honor Books   Lobo of the Tasaday written and illustrated with photographs by John Nance (Pantheon); and Dinosaurs of North America written by Helen Roney Sattler, illustrated by Anthony Rao (Lothrop) 

Picture Book
A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers written by Nancy Willard, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen (Harcourt)

  Honor Book   The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol by Tomie de Paola (Putnam) 


Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (Philomel)

  Honor Books   Homesick: My Own Story written by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes (Putnam); The Road to Camlann by Rosemary Sutcliff (Dutton); Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)

Behind Barbed Wire: The Imprisonment of Japanese Americans During World War II by Daniel S. Davis (Dutton)

  Honor Books   Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki (Lothrop); and The Jewish Americans: A History in Their Own Words: 1650–1950 by Milton Meltzer (Crowell) 

Picture Book
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow)

  Honor Books   Friends by Helme Heine (Atheneum/McElderry); Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China written by Ai-Ling Louie, illustrated by Ed Young (Philomel); and Doctor De Soto by William Steig (Farrar) 


A Little Fear by Patricia Wrightson (Atheneum/McElderry)

  Honor Books   Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow); Unclaimed Treasures by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper); and A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)

The Double Life of Pocahontas written by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Ed Young (Putnam)

  Honor Books   Queen Eleanor: Independent Spirit of the Medieval World: A Biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Polly Schoyer Brooks (Lippincott); Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman (Clarion); and The Tipi: A Center of Native American Life by David and Charlotte Yue (Knopf) 

Picture Book
Jonah and the Great Fish retold and illustrated by Warwick Hutton (Atheneum/McElderry)

  Honor Books   Dawn by Molly Bang (Morrow); The Guinea Pig ABC by Kate Duke (Dutton); and The Rose in My Garden written by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Anita Lobel (Greenwillow)


The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks (Harper)

  Honor Books   Babe: The Gallant Pig written by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Mary Rayner (Crown); and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance by Margaret Mahy (Atheneum/McElderry)

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (Lothrop)

  Honor Books   Boy by Roald Dahl (Farrar); and 1812: The War Nobody Won by Albert Marrin (Atheneum) 

Picture Book
Mama Don't Allow by Thacher Hurd (Harper)

  Honor Books   Like Jake and Me written by Mavis Jukes, illustrated by Lloyd Bloom (Knopf); How Much Is a Million? written by David M. Schwartz, illustrated by Stephen Kellogg (Lothrop); and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)

Special Citation
1,2,3, written and illustrated with photographs by Tana Hoban (Greenwillow)


In Summer Light by Zibby Oneal (Viking)

  Honor Books   Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad (Harper); amd Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow)

Auks, Rocks, and the Odd Dinosaur: Inside Stories from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History by Peggy Thomson (Crowell)

  Honor Books   Dark Harvest: Migrant Farmworkers in America written by Brent Ashabranner, illustrated with photographs by Paul Conklin (Dodd); and The Truth about Santa Claus by James C. Giblin (Crowell) 

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The Paper Crane by Molly Bang (Greenwillow)

  Honor Books   Gorilla by Anthony Browne (Knopf); The Trek by Ann Jonas (Greenwillow); and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton)


Rabble Starkey by Lois Lowry (Houghton)

  Honor Books   Georgia Music written by Helen V. Griffith, illustrated by James Stevenson (Greenwillow); and Isaac Campion by Janni Howker (Greenwillow)

The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall (Atheneum)

  Honor Books   Being Born written by Sheila Kitzinger, illustrated with photographs by Lennart Nilsson (Grosset and Dunlap); The Magic Schoolbus at the Waterworks written by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen (Scholastic); and Steamboat in a Cornfield by John Hartford (Crown)

Picture Book
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe (Lothrop)

  Honor Books   In Coal Country written by Judith Hendershot, illustrated by Thomas B. Allen (Knopf); Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow); and Old Henry written by Joan W. Blos, illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Morrow)


The Friendship written by Mildred D. Taylor, illustrated by Max Ginsburg (Dial)

  Honor Books   Granny Was a Buffer Girl by Berlie Doherty (Orchard); Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices written by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Eric Beddows (Harper/Zolotow); and Memory by Margaret Mahy (McElderry)

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton (Knopf)

  Honor Books   African Journey written and illustrated with photographs by John Chiasson (Bradbury); and Little by Little: A Writer's Education by Jean Little (Viking)

Picture Book
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap written by Dianne Snyder, illustrated by Allen Say (Houghton)

  Honor Books   Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (Greenwillow); and Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea written by Vera B. Williams, illustrated by Jennifer Williams and Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow)


The Village by the Sea by Paula Fox (Orchard)

  Honor Books   Eva by Peter Dickinson (Delacorte); and Gideon Ahoy! by William Mayne (Delacorte)

The Way Things Work by David Macaulay (Houghton)

  Honor Books   The Rainbow People by Laurence Yep (Harper); and Round Buildings Square Buildings, & Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish written and illustrated with photographs by Philip M. Isaacson (Knopf)

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Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells (Dial)

  Honor Books   Island Boy by Barbara Cooney (Viking); The Nativity illustrated by Julie Vivas (Gulliver/Harcourt)


Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)

  Honor Books   Saturnalia by Paul Fleischman (Harper); and Stonewords by Pam Conrad (Harper)

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz (Putnam)

  Honor Book   Insect Metamorphosis: From Egg to Adult written by Ron and Nancy Goor, illustrated with photographs by Ron Goor (Atheneum) 

Picture Book
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
translated and illustrated by Ed Young (Philomel)

  Honor Book   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Simon) 

Special Citation
Valentine and Orson by Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Farrar)


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Orchard)

  Honor Books   Paradise Cafe and Other Stories by Martha Brooks (Joy Street); and Judy Scuppernong by Brenda Seabrooke (Cobblehill)

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Barry Moser (Harcourt)

  Honor Books   The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Holiday House); and Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England written by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema, illustrated by Diane Stanley (Four Winds)

Picture Book
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Lodestar)

  Honor Books   Aardvarks, Disembark! by Ann Jonas (Greenwillow); and Sophie and Lou by Petra Mathers (Harper)


Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)

  Honor Books   Nothing but the Truth by Avi (Jackson/Orchard); and Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Talking with Artists compiled and edited by Pat Cummings (Bradbury)

  Honor Books   Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert (Harcourt); and The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin (Dial)

Picture Book
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young (Philomel)

  Honor Book   In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (Holt)


Ajeemah and His Son by James Berry (Harper)

  Honor Book   The Giver by Lois Lowry (Houghton)

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? by Patricia C. and Fredrick McKissack (Scholastic)

  Honor Book   Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (And What the Neighbors Thought) written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt)

Picture Book
The Fortune Tellers written by Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Dutton)

  Honor Books   Komodo! by Peter Sis (Greenwillow); and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott (Harcourt)


Scooter by Vera Williams (Greenwillow)

  Honor Books   Flour Babies by Anne Fine (Little); and Western Wind by Paula Fox (Orchard)

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman (Clarion)

  Honor Books   Unconditional Surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War by Albert Marrin (Atheneum); and A Tree Place and Other Poems written by Constance Levy, illustrated by Robert Sabuda (McElderry) 

Picture Book
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say (Houghton)

  Honor Books   Owen by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow); and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North by Peter Sis (Knopf)


Some of the Kinder Planets by Tim Wynne-Jones (Kroupa/Orchard)

  Honor Books   Jericho by Janet Hickman (Greenwillow); and Earthshine by Theresa Nelson (Jackson/Orchard)

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober (Atheneum)

  Honor Books   It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health written by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley (Candlewick); and The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (Scholastic)

Picture Book
John Henry retold by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Dial)

  Honor Book   Swamp Angel written by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Dutton)


Poppy written by Avi, illustrated by Brian Floca (Jackson/Orchard)

  Honor Books   The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw (McElderry); and Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White (Farrar)

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren (Houghton)

  Honor Books   The Boy Who Lived with the Bears: And Other Iroquois Stories written by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Murv Jacob (Harper); and Haystack written by Bonnie and Arthur Geisert, illustrated by Arthur Geisert (Houghton) 

Picture Book
In the Rain with Baby Duck written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jill Barton (Candlewick)

  Honor Books   Fanny’s Dream written by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner (Dial); and Home Lovely by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)


The Friends written by Kazumi Yumoto, translated by Cathy Hirano (Farrar)

  Honor Books   Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff (Delacorte); and Harlem written by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers (Scholastic)

A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder written and illustrated with photographs by Walter Wick (Scholastic)

  Honor Books   Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Terry Widener (Gulliver/Harcourt); and Leonardo da Vinci by Diane Stanley (Morrow)

Picture Book
The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney (Simon)

  Honor Books   Home on the Bayou: A Coyboy's Story by G. Brian Karas (Simon); and Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression written by Kate Lied, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst (National Geographic)


The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez (University of New Mexico Press)

  Honor Books   While No One Was Watching by Jane Leslie Conly (Holt); and My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt (Holt)

Leon’s Story written by Leon Walter Tillage, illustrated with collage art by Susan L. Roth (Farrar)

  Honor Books   Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life by Russell Freedman (Clarion) ; and Chuck Close Up Close by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (DK Ink)

Picture Book
And If the Moon Could Talk written by Kate Banks, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben (Foster/Farrar)

  Honor Books   Seven Brave Women written by Betsy Hearne, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen (Greenwillow); and Popcorn: Poems by James Stevenson (Greenwillow)


Holes by Louis Sachar (Foster/Farrar)

  Honor Books   The Trolls by Polly Horvath (Farrar); and Monster written by Walter Dean Myers, illustrations by Christopher Myers (HarperCollins)

The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest by Steve Jenkins (Houghton)

  Honor Books   Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong (Crown); and William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki (HarperCollins)

Picture Book
Red-Eyed Tree Frog written by Joy Cowley, illustrated with photographs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic)

  Honor Books   Dance written by Bill T. Jones and Susan Kukli, illustrated with photographs by Susan Kuklin (Hyperion); and The Owl and the Pussycat written by Edward Lear, illustrated by James Marshall (di Capua/HarperCollins)

Special Citation
Tibet: Through the Red Box by Peter Sis (Foster/Farrar)


The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (Atheneum)

  Honor Books   King of Shadows by Susan Cooper(McElderry); and 145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers (Delacorte)

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson (Clarion)

  Honor Books   Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter collected and edited by Alan Govenar; illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion); and Sitting Bull and His World by Albert Marrin (Dutton)

Picture Book
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson (Houghton)

  Honor Books   Buttons by Brock Cole (Farrar); and a day, a dog by Gabrielle Vincent (Front Street)


Fiction and Poetry
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (Front Street)

  Honor Books   Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (Farrar); and Troy by Adèle Geras (Harcourt)

The Longitude Prize written by Joan Dash, illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Foster/Farrar)

  Honor Books  
Rocks in His Head
written by Carol Otis Hurst, illustrated by James Stevenson (Greenwillow); and Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa by Don Brown (Houghton)

Picture Book
Cold Feet written by Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (DK Ink)

  Honor Books   Five Creatures writen by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Tomek Bogacki (Foster/Farrar); and The Stray Dog by Marc Simont (HarperCollins)


Fiction and Poetry
Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury (Delacorte)

  Honor Books  
Saffy’s Angel
by Hilary McKay (McElderry); and Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams (Greenwillow)

This Land was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking)

  Honor Books   Handel, Who Knew What He Liked written by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick); and Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People by Bonnie Christensen (Knopf)

Picture Book
“Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate by Bob Graham (Candlewick)

  Honor Books   I Stink! written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Jim McMullan (Cotler/Harper); and Little Rat Sets Sail written by Monika Bang-Campbell, illustrated by Molly Bang (Harcourt)


Fiction and Poetry
The Jamie and Angus Stories written by Anne Fine, illustrated by Penny Dale (Candlewick)

  Honor Books   Feed by M. T. Anderson (Candlewick); and Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam)

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman (Putnam)

  Honor Books  
To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers
written by Wendie C. Old, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (Clarion); and Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick (Putnam)

Picture Book
Big Momma Makes the World written by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (Candlewick)

  Honor Books   Dahlia by Barbara McClintock (Foster/Farrar); and blues journey written by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers (Holiday)


Fiction and Poetry
The Fire-Eaters by David Almond (Delacorte)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant (HarperTempest); and The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion)

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy (Clarion)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   Surprising Sharks written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by James Croft (Candlewick); and The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert (Chronicle)

Picture Book
The Man Who Walked between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   The Shape Game by Anthony Browne (Farrar); and Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)


Fiction and Poetry
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman (Dutton)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   Kalpana's Dream by Judith Clarke (Front Street); and A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson (Houghton)

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose (Kroupa/Farrar)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin (Clarion); and Michael Rosen's Sad Book written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Candlewick)

Picture Book
Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey (Knopf)   listen to speech

  Honor Books   That New Animal written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Pierre Pratt (Foster/Farrar); and The Hello, Goodbye Window written by Norton Juster, illustrated by Chris Raschka (di Capua/Hyperion)


Picture Book
Leaf Man (Harcourt) by Lois Ehlert   listen to speech

  Honor Books   Mama: A True Story in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama during a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mama (Harcourt) by Jeanette Winter; and Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building (Schwartz & Wade/Random) by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by James E. Ransome

Fiction and Poetry
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Candlewick) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline   listen to speech

  Honor Books   Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary (Harcourt) by Julie Larios, illustrated by Julie Paschkis; and Yellow Star (Marshall Cavendish) by Jennifer Roy

If You Decide to Go to the Moon (Scholastic) by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg   listen to speech

  Honor Books   A Mother's Journey (Charlesbridge) by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Alan Marks; and Wildfire (Lorraine/Houghton) by Taylor Morrison


Picture Book
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger    listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books  
365 Penguins
(Abrams) written by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrated by Joelle Jolivet; and Wolves (Simon) written and illustrated by Emily Gravett  read remarks

Fiction and Poetry
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party (Candlewick) by M. T. Anderson    listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books  
(Hyperion) written by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee; and Rex Zero and the End of the World (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones  read remarks

The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr (Groundwood) written and illustrated by Nicolas Debon    listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books 
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Houghton) by Loree Griffin Burns; and Escape! (Greenwillow) by Sid Fleischman  read remarks

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Picture Book
At Night by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)     listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books  
Fred Stays with Me!
by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Little); and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)  

Fiction and Poetry
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (Little)    listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books  
Shooting the Moon
by Frances O'Roark Dowell (Atheneum); and Savvy by Ingrid Law (Walden/Dial)  

The Wall by Peter Sis (Foster/Farrar)    listen to speech | read speech

  Honor Books 
Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic); and What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic)  

Special Citation
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Levine/Scholastic)    listen to speech | read speech

Photos of 2008 ceremony | Video of 2008 ceremony


Picture Book
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Clarion)

  Honor Books  
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick)

Nation by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)

  Honor Books  
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves
by M. T. Anderson (Candlewick)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)

  Honor Books 
The Way We Work by David Macaulay with Richard Walker, illustrated by David Macaulay (Lorraine/Houghton)
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Photos of 2009 ceremony | Video of 2009 ceremony


Picture Book
I Know Here by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Matt James (Groundwood)

  Honor Books  
The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)
It's a Secret!
by John Burningham (Candlewick)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random)

  Honor Books  
The Dreamer
by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sís (Scholastic)
A Conspiracy of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking)

  Honor Books 
Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures by Menno Metselaar and Ruud van der Rol (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic)

Photos of 2010 ceremony | Video of 2010 ceremony


Picture Book
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton)

  Honor Books  
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton)
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Putnam)

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)


Honor Books  
by Franny Billingsley (Dial)
Anna Hibiscus
by Atinuke (Kane Miller)

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)

  Honor Books 
Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Candlewick)
Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White (Candlewick)

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