North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees - 2012

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 2012 for classroom ideas.

Picture Books (Grades K-3)

Title/Author Call Number

Shark vs. train / Barton, Chris.

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more, as two boys play.

PZ7 .B2849 SH 2010

Willow / Brennan-Nelson, Denise.

Not in collection

What the ladybug heard / Donaldson, Julia.

Not in collection

Dave the potter : artist, poet, slave / Hill, Laban Carrick.

Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

NK 4210 .D247 H55 2010

I didn't do it / MacLachlan, Patricia

Not in collection

The book that eats people / Perry, John.

Not in collection

Ruth and the green book / Ramsey, Calvin.

Not in collection

Spoon / Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.

Spoon's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon?

PZ7 .R719445 SP 2009

Sylvie / Sattler, Jennifer Gordon.

Not in collection

Mr. Duck means business / Saucer, Tammi.

Not in collection

Interrupting chicken / Stein, David Ezra.

Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

PZ7 .S8179 INT 2010

City Dog, Country Frog / Willems, Mo.

Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both.

PZ7 .W65535 CIT 2010


Junior Books (Grades 4-6)

Title/Author Call Number

Countdown / Wiles, Deborah.

"Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It's 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear."--Dust jacket flap.

PZ7 .W6474 CO 2010

Drizzle / Van Cleve, Kathleen.

Not in collection

Keeper / Appelt, Kathi, 1954-

On the night of the blue moon when mermaids are said to gather on a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico, ten-year-old Keeper sets out in a small boat, with her dog BD and a seagull named Captain, determined to find her mother, a mermaid, as Keeper has always believed, who left long ago to return to the sea.

PZ7 .A6455 KE 2010

Mirror mirror : a book of reversible verse / Singer, Marilyn

A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.

PS3569 .I546 M57 2010

Moon over Manifest / Vanderpool, Clare.

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

PZ7 .P28393 MO 2010

The nine pound hammer / Bemis, John Claude.

Not in collection

Runaway twin / Kehret, Peg.

Not in collection

Scumble / Law, Ingrid, 1970-

Mibs's cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his "savvy"--the magical power unique to each member of their family--is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry's ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah.

PZ7 .L41836 SCU 2010

Spaceheadz #1 / Scieszka, Jon.

Not in collection

The strange case of Origami Yoda / Angleberger, Tom.

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

PZ7 .A585 ST 2010

A tale dark & Grimm / Gidwitz, Adam.

Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

PZ8 .G36 TAL 2010

Touch blue / Lord, Cynthia.

Not in collection