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Georgia Children's Book Awards

The Georgia Children’s Book Award was established in 1968 by Sheldon Root, professor in the Department of Language Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The purpose of the award is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce them to books of literary excellence. The annual award is given in two categories: picturebooks and middle grade books. The selection process involves teachers, school library media specialists, public librarians, and tens of thousands of youth from across the state.

The book awards are also closely connected to the annual Georgia Conference on Children’s Literature . Have a question? Email us !

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Ballots will close March 4, 2022
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Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

2021 Book Award winners

“Hair Love” written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison (Picturebook, Grades K-4 winner) and “They Called Us Enemy written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott. Illustrated by Harmony Becker (Book, Grades 4-8 winner)

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Past Award Winners

GCBA Winners 1968-Present

2019-2020Book Award: “Resistance” by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Picturebook Award: “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins.
2018-2019Book Award: “A Dog Like Daisy” by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Picturebook Award: “Not Quite Narwhal” by Jessie Sima
2017-2018Book Award: “Projekt 1065” by Alan Gratz
Picturebook Award: “It Came in the Mail” by Ben Clanton
2016-2017Book Award: “Fuzzy Mud” by Louis Sachar
Picturebook Award: “Gaston” by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
2015-2016Book Award: “A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd
Picturebook Award: “Breaking News: Bear Alert” by David Biedrzycki
2014-2015Book Award: “Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans
Picturebook Award: “Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story” by Patricia McKissack and Eric Velasquez
2013-2014Book Award: “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
Picturebook Award: “Sylvie” by Jennifer Sattler
2012-2013Book Award: “Hero” by Mike Lupica
Picturebook Award: “When a Dragon Moves in” by Jodi Moore and Howard McWilliam
2011-2012Book Award: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
Picturebook Award: “I Need My Monster” by Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam

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About the Awards

Established in 1968 by Sheldon Root, professor in the Department of Language Education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia, the purpose of the Georgia Children’s Book Awards is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia, and to introduce them to books of literary excellence.

The award is given in two categories – picturebooks and middle grade novels. Books are nominated for the awards by teachers, media specialists, and other children’s literature enthusiasts from the state of Georgia. The final lists of 20 nominees are selected by a committee of teachers, school media specialists, and public librarians (chaired by a member of the faculty from the Department of Language and Literacy Education).

Throughout the year, teachers and media specialists are encouraged to present the nominees in appealing and meaningful ways, to read the books aloud, and to develop activities that will connect the literature to the curriculum. Students across the state will vote on which books they think should win for the individual categories.

The books receiving the most votes from children in grades K-4 (picturebook category) and 4-8 (novel category) are the winners. The authors and illustrators of the winning books are often featured speakers at the annual Conference on Children’s Literature held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Georgia, which is held in March.

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Nomination and Voting

We welcome public nominations and votes from schools and public libraries. Here, we offer nomination guidelines and voting resources to make the process simple and fun!

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Nomination Criteria

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