North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees - 2011

The North Carolina Children's Book Award Program is a children's choice award program sponsored by the school and public librarians in North Carolina designed to introduce children to current literature and to instill a love of reading.

A Picture Book category and Junior Book category are selected each year. Those titles are listed below. They can be located in the CMMC.

View the North Carolina Children's Book Award Activity Booklet 2011 for classroom ideas.

Picture Books

Title/Author Call Number

How do you wokka-wokka? / Elizabeth Bluemle.

A young boy who likes to "wokka-wokka, shimmy-shake, and shocka-shocka" gathers his neighbors together for a surprise celebration.

PZ8.3 .B59854 HO 2009

The curious garden / Peter Brown.

Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

PZ7 .B81668 CU 2009

Let's do nothing! / Tony Fucile.

After playing actively all day two friends learn something when they try to do nothing at all.

PZ7 .F9415 LE 2009

The goose man : the story of Konrad Lorenz / Elaine Greenstein.

This book tells the true story of Konrad Lorenz, whose love for animals as a child led to his winning the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research of the behavior of geese.

QL31 .L76 G74 2009

Tsunami! / Kimiko Kajikawa.

A wealthy man in a Japanese village, who everyone calls Ojiisan, which means grandfather, sets fire to his rice fields to warn the innocent people of an approaching tsunami.

PZ8.1 .K1274 TS 2009

I got two dogs / by John Lithgow.

A song celebrating two dogs that are as different as they could be, and both well-loved by their owner.

PZ8.3 .L6375 IAG 2008

The great smelly, slobbery, small-tooth dog : a folktale from Great Britain.

In this British variant of a traditional tale, a great smelly, slobbery, small-tooth dog rescues a rich man from bandits and demands that the man bring his beautiful daughter to live in his castle.

PZ8 .M1755 GR 2007

Not last night but the night before / Colin McNaughton.

A child's quiet night is transformed into a birthday celebration full of beloved fairy-tale characters.

PZ8.3 .M239 NO 2009

The delicious bug / written and illustrated by Janet Perlman.

A struggle between two chameleons over one delicious bug highlights the importance of peacefully resolving conflict.

PS8581 .E726 DEL 2009

Shanté Keys and the New Year's peas / Gail Piernas-Davenport.

When Shanté is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family's New Year's celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor's New Year's traditions in their home countries.

PZ8.3 .P5586435 SH 2007

Rhyming dust bunnies / by Jan Thomas.

As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger.

PZ7 .T36694 RHY 2009

The circus ship / by Chris Van Dusen.

When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the poor animals are left on their own to swim the chilly waters. Staggering onto a nearby island, they soon win over the wary townspeople with their kind, courageous ways. So well do the critters blend in that when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them, villagers of all species conspire to outsmart the bloated blowhard.

PZ8.3 .V335 CI 2009


Junior Books

Title/Author Call Number

Wild things / written & illustrated by Clay Carmichael.

Stubborn, self-reliant, eleven-year-old Zoe, recently orphaned, moves to the country to live with her prickly half-uncle, a famous doctor and sculptor, and together they learn about trust and the strength of family.

PZ7 .C21725 WIL 2009

Persephone / written by Sally Pomme Clayton.

An illustrated retelling of the story of the goddess Persephone, who was forced to live underground and become Hades' bride, until her mother finds a way to reunite with her daughter and release her from Hades' Underworld.

BL820 .P7 C53 2009

A nest for Celeste : a story about art, inspiration, and the meaning of home.

Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.

PZ7 .C67728 NES 2010

The lemonade war / by Jacqueline Davies.

Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.

PZ7 .D29392 LEM

14 cows for America / Carmen Agra Deedy.

Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Massai, who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift.

E183.8 .K4 D44 2009

Kenny & the dragon / written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Book-loving Kenny the rabbit has few friends in his farming community, so when one, bookstore owner George, is sent to kill another, gentle dragon Grahame, Kenny must find a way to prevent their battle while satisfying the dragon-crazed townspeople.

PZ8 .D638 KEN 2008

Scat / Carl Hiaasen.

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

PZ7 .H493 SC 2009

The unusual mind of Vincent Shadow / by Tim Kehoe.

Eleven-year-old Vincent Shadow, inspired by the ideas of the inventor Nikola Tesla, has always kept his many unusual toy inventions secret from his family until he enters a contest whose prize is to spend a summer working with the eccentric Howard G. Whizz of Whizzer Toys.

PZ7 .K25177 UN 2009

Where the mountain meets the moon / Grace Lin.

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

PZ8 .L6215 WHE 2009

11 birthdays / by Wendy Mass.

Amanda and Leo, best friends with the same birthday, had a falling out on their tenth birthday and have not spoken since, but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their eleventh birthday repeats itself again and again.

Not in collection

The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg / Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman).

Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

PZ7 .P52112 MO 2009

You never heard of Sandy Koufax?! / by Jonah Winter.

In this striking picture book biography, an old-timer tells us what made Sandy Koufax so amazing. We learn that the beginning of his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers was rocky, that he was shy with his teammates, and experienced discrimination as one of the only Jews in the game. We hear that he actually quit, only to return the next season--different--firing one rocket after another over the plate. We watch him refuse to play in the 1965 World Series because it is a Jewish high holy day. And we see him in pain because of an overused left arm, eventually retiring at the peak of his career. Finally, we are told that people are still "scratchin' their heads over Sandy," who remains a modest hero and a mystery to this day.

GV865 .K67 W56 2009

Peace, Locomotion / Jacqueline Woodson.

Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

PZ7 .W868 PE 2009