2019 NCTE Children’s Book Awards

The winners of the 2019 National Council for Teachers of English Children’s Book Awards have been announced. There are three awards that include winners, honor books and recommended titles. For a full list of the recommended titles, check out their web page. Here are the winners and honor books in each of the awards:

ORBIS PICTUS AWARD WINNER

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier

ORBIS PICTUS HONOR BOOKS

Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Stephen Salerno

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art 37569315

The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Claire Nivola

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorrel, illustrated by Frane Lessac

 

CHARLOTTE HUCK AWARD WINNER

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

CHARLOTTE HUCK HONOR BOOKS

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship 38659075

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Lathan & Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

Everything Else in the Universe Ghost Boys

Everything Else in the Universe by Tracy Holczer

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

 

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN POETRY FOR CHILDREN WINNER

Paul B. Janeczko

 

 

Bunches of Board Books

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman, illustrated by Nick Sharratt (9781681198958)

Sung to the tune of “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” this board book will quickly become a favorite for any little one who loves vehicles. The book is filled with all sorts of cars, trucks, boats, and planes. Each one carries a rhyme with it and creates all sorts of motion on the page. The illustrations are bright and friendly, inviting the littlest readers to explore their thick lines and bold shapes. This is one beeping good board book.

Reviewed from copy provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

A Pile of Leaves by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin

A Pile of Leaves by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin (9780714877204)

Just right for fall reading either one-on-one or with a small group, this board book offers a unique experience. With only a preface containing words, the book opens to reveal see-through pages that form a leaf pile. Readers turn the pages, removing one layer of leaves at a time and discovering interesting things hiding in the leaves. There is a worm, ants, a mitten, a key, a grasshopper and more. Beautifully, the leaves continue to pile on the pages to the left, creating a new pile to explore. Clever and a delight to explore, this board book is like breathing crisp fall air in book form.

Reviewed from library copy.

You and Me by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

You and Me by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Susan Reagan (9781568463216)

This exceptional board book tells the story of an older sibling with a very adorable new baby in the house. Sharing time with Grandma isn’t easy,  but the older sibling is patient. The baby has lots of cute things that they can do, but so does the older sibling. In the end, the baby finally goes down for a nap and it’s time for the older child to be paid a lot of attention. The poem in this board book is gentle with rhymes that sway. The illustrations are truly amazing, filled with eyes alight with joy and both siblings wonderfully androgynous as well. These are images of a loving African-American family that celebrate being an older sibling.

Reviewed from library copy.