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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 !

2023 GCBA Voting Window: January 6th – March 3rd

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Deadline to apply: February 28, 2023

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Congratulations to our 2022 winners!

I Am a Tiger

Written by Karl Newson
Illustrated by Ross Collins

(Picturebook, Grades K-4 Winner)

When Stars Are Scattered

Written by Omar Mohamed
and Victoria Jamieson

(Book, Grades 4-8 Winner)

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Educator Resources

Past Award Winners

GCBA Winners 1968-Present

  • Book Award:
    They Called Us Enemy
    by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott,
    and Harmony Becker
  • Picturebook Award:
    Hair Love
    by Matthew A. Cherry
    and Vashti Harrison
  • Book Award:
    by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Picturebook Award:
    We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
    by Ryan T. Higgins
  • Book Award:
    A Dog Like Daisy
    by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
  • Picturebook Award:
    Not Quite Narwhal
    by Jessie Sima
  • Book Award:
    Projekt 1065
    by Alan Gratz
  • Picturebook Award:
    It Came in the Mail
    by Ben Clanton
  • Book Award:
    Fuzzy Mud
    by Louis Sachar
  • Picturebook Award:
    by Kelly DiPucchio
    and Christian Robinson
  • Book Award:
    A Snicker of Magic
    by Natalie Lloyd
  • Picturebook Award:
    Breaking News: Bear Alert
    by David Biedrzycki
  • Book 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
  • Book Award:
    by R.J. Palacio
  • Picturebook Award:
    by Jennifer Sattler
  • Book Award:
    by Mike Lupica
  • Picturebook Award:
    When a Dragon Moves In
    by Jodi Moore
    and Howard McWilliam
  • Book 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!

Guidelines and Submissions

Nomination Criteria

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Download a Certificate

Print your own certificates for students who participate.

Certificate of Participation

Download Stickers

Print stickers for students who vote for their favorite books and GCBA seals.

Sticker Seal

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