Award Book Lists

  • Picture Books




    Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
    Picture books nominated by librarians and voted upon each year by students.

                                         Last year's 2017 WCCPBA winner Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert

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    There are the nominees for the 2017-2018 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award.




    Caldecott Award Winners




    Starting in 1938, one book a year has received the Caldecott Award to recognize it as being a great picture book for children. Students in grades 2-6 are encouraged to read as many Caldecott books as they can during their time at Highland Terrace.


    2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

    Book cover image: Radiant Child    Award Ribbon  
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 
    Like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. “Radiant Child” resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers. 
    “Steptoe’s engaging art makes Basquiat approachable for children without >his complexities,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Rhonda K. Gould.





    Sasquatch and Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees


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    Sasquatch Nominees

    The Sasquatch Award Nominees are chapter books selected by the Washington Library Media Association.  The books on this list are usually easier to read than the Young Reader’s Choice Nominees.  Thousands of students throughout the state of Washington read the books and vote for their favorite.  Last year’s winner was Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth.


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    Learn about this year's Sasquatch Award Nominees and Previous Winners of the Sasquatch Award








    Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees

    The Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees ( 4th - 6th grades) are chapter books selected by the Pacific Northwest Library Association.  It is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. There are three categories of nominees; Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.  Most of the books available to Highland Terrace students are Junior nominees. Thousands of students throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta read the YRC nominees.                                                                               


    Learn about this year's Young Reader's Choice Award Nominees


    Official 2018 YRCA Nominees

    Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

    Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

    The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

    Masterminds by Gordon Korman

    Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

    Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

    The War that Saved my Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

    Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

    Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar



       Ribbon 2016 YRC Winner




    Newbery Award Winners
    Starting in 1922, one book a year has received the National Newbery Award to recognize it as being a great contribution to children's literature.


    2017 Medal Winner

    Book cover image: The Girl Who Drank the Moon   Award Ribbon

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill and published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.

    “Moonlight is magic. Ask anyone you like.” Barnhill’s story is also pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.
     “This compassionate, hopeful novel invites children everywhere to harness their power, and ask important questions about what keeps us apart and what brings us together” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Thom Barthelmess.




    Coretta Scott King Awards

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    The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.


     2017 CSK Author Award Winner

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    The 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner is given to Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for March Book: Three, published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works LLC.

    “March: Book Three,” is a first-hand account of the Civil Rights Movement through Lewis’ eyes. Using vivid language and dynamic visual storytelling, it details events from the Freedom Summer to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Readers experience the realities of segregation, the sacrifices required for the struggle and the courage that defines true leaders.

    Co-author John Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district and an iconic African-American civil rights activist, who chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Co-author Andrew Aydin is the digital director and policy advisor in Rep. Lewis’s Washington, D.C. office. They won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award in 2014 for the first volume in the series, March: Book One.

    “’March: Book Three’ is a riveting and multilayered graphic personal history of the civil rights movement and a window into the mind and experiences of a living legend,” said Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury Chair Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop.


    2017 CSK Illustrator Award Winner

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    The 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner is given to Javaka Steptoe, illustrator and author of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, published by Little, Brown and Company.

    In Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, collage style paintings with rich texture, bold colors and thick lines take readers on an emotional journey. Steptoe’s style blends with motifs from Basquiat’s own art to create this stunning picture book biography.

    “Steptoe’s illustrations for Radiant Child are striking. Painted on found wood, they echo the ‘sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still beautiful’ quality of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art, while relating the story of his difficult life,” said Bishop.

    Javaka Steptoe is an artist, designer and children’s book illustrator. His debut work, In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, an anthology featuring poetry from notable poets, including Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson and Carole Boston Weatherford, Angela Johnson and Sonia Sanchez, earned him his first Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, in 1998; Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (written by Gary Golio), received a CSK Illustrator Honor in 2011. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.  


    Click HERE for Other Coretta Scott King Award Winners 





    Non-Fiction Recommendations and Award Winners


    Sibert Award Non-Fiction Books


    2017 Sibert Medal Winner

    Book cover image: Book Three  Award Ribbon
    March: Book Three, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions.
    March is a memoir chronicling Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Carefully selected dialog and first-person accounts combine with panels, word balloons, and creative lettering in a stunning display of the comics medium.
    “The skillful work of Lewis, Aydin and Powell invites readers to walk in Lewis’s shoes, calling them to reflect on his experiences and to see his story of courage and resistance as America’s own,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair Caitlin D. Jacobson.