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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.

2018 Georgia Children's Book Award Winners

2018 Book Award winners

"It Came in the Mail," written and illustrated by Ben Clanton (Picturebook, Grades K-4 winner) and "Projekt 1065," written by Alan Gratz (Book, Grades 4-8 winner)

Resources

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The application widow is open from Nov. 15, 2018-Jan. 15, 2019. Download committee descriptions or apply using the button.

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Up next: Voting!

Children and youth across Georgia will vote for their favorites starting in January and continuing through March 1, 2019.

Past Award Winners

2017-2018

Book Award: "Projekt 1065" by Alan Gratz
Picturebook Award: "It Came in the Mail" by Ben Clanton

2016-2017

Book Award: "Fuzzy Mud" by Louis Sachar
Picturebook Award: "Gaston" by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson

2015-2016

Book Award: "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd
Picturebook Award: "Breaking News: Bear Alert" by David Biedrzycki

2014-2015

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

2013-2014

Book Award: "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio
Picturebook Award: "Sylvie" by Jennifer Sattler

2012-2013

Book Award: "Hero" by Mike Lupica
Picturebook Award: "When a Dragon Moves in" by Jodi Moore and Howard McWilliam

2011-2012

Book Award: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
Picturebook Award: "I Need My Monster" by Amanda Noll and Howard McWilliam

2010-2011

Book Award: "The Golly-Whopper Games" by Jody Feldman
Picturebook Award: "Aliens are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast" by Meghan McCarthy

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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