Winners

Click on the underlined title for Curriculum Guides for each book, including a synopsis, book themes, discussion questions, class activities, and author websites.

Past Winners

2000 - Current Year

1990 - 1999

1980 - 1989

1970 - 1979

1960 - 1969

Beginning - 1953 - 1959

2012

Grades 3-5: 11 Birthdays, Wendy Mass

Grades 6-8: Confetti Girl, Diana López

2011

Grades 3 - 5: Eleven, Patricia Reilly Giff

Grades 6 - 8: The Boy Who Dared: a Novel Based on the True Story of Hitler Youth, Susan Campbell Bartoletti

2010

Grades 3 - 5: How to Steal a Dog, Barbara O'Connor

Grades 6 - 8: Cracker! The Best Dog in Viet Nam, Cynthia Kadohata

2009

Grades 3 - 5: Clementine, Sara Pennypacker

Grades 6 - 8: Yellow Star, Jennifer Roy

2008

Grades 3 - 5: A Dog's Life; The Autobiography of a Stray, Ann M Martin, Scholastic Press
Grades 6 - 8: Airball; My Life in Briefs, L.D. Harkrader, Roaring Brook Press

2007

Grades 3 - 5: The Report Card, Andrew Clements, Simon & Schuster Children's
Grades 6 - 8: So B. It, Sarah Weeks, Laura Geringer Books/Harper Collins

2006
Grades 3-5: Donuthead, Sue Stauffacher, Knopf Books for Young Readers
Grades 6-8: THE CITY OF EMBER, Jeanne Duprau, Random House

2005
Grades 3-5: LOSER, Jerry Spinelli, Joanna Cotler Books
Grades 6-8: SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES, Stephanie S. Tolan, Harper Collins

2004
3rd – 5th Grade Winner: GHOST SITTER by Peni R. Griffin
6th – 8th Grade Winner: SURVIVING HITLER: A BOY IN THE NAZI DEATH CAMPS by Andrea Warren

2003
3rd – 5th Grade Winner: BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo
6th – 8th Grade Winner: DOVEY COE by Frances O’Roark Dowell

2002
3rd - 5th Grade Winner: THE LANDRY NEWS by Andrew Clements
6th - 8th Grade Winner: BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis

2001
3rd - 5th Grade Winner: THE GHOST OF FOSSIL GLEN by Cynthia C. DeFelice
6th - 8th Grade Winner: HOLES by Louis Sachar

2000
WHITE WATER by P. J. Petersen

1999
FRINDLE by Andrew Clements

1998
MICK HARTE WAS HERE by Barbara Park

1997
TIME FOR ANDREW, A GHOST STORY by Mary Downing Hahn

1996
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

1995
THE MAN WHO LOVED CLOWNS by June Rae Wood

1994
SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1993
MANIAC MAGEE by Jerry Spinelli

1992
THE DOLL IN THE GARDEN: A GHOST STORY by Mary Downing Hahn

1991
BEAUTY by Bill Wallace

1990
HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

1989
ON MY HONOR by Marion Dane Bauer

1988
CRACKER JACKSON by Betsy Byars

1987
THE WAR WITH GRANDPA by Robert Kimmel Smith

1986
DAPHNE'S BOOK by Mary Downing Hahn

1985
THE LAND I LOST: ADVENTURES OF A BOY IN VIETNAM by Huynh Quang Nhuong

1984
A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC by Shel Silverstein

1983
PEPPERMINTS IN THE PARLOR by Barbara Brooks Wallace

1982
THE MAGIC OF THE GLITS by Carole S. Adler

1981
THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS by Katherine Paterson

1980
THE PINBALLS by Betsy Byars

1979
SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS by Wilson Rawls

1978
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS KIDNAPING CAPER by Jean Van Leeuwen

1977
HARRY CAT'S PET PUPPY by George Selden Thompson

1976
SOCKS by Beverly Cleary

1975
DOMINIC by William Steig

1974
MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert O'Brien
THE HEADLESS CUPID by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

1973
THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN bv Elwyn Brooks White

1972
SASHA: MY FRIEND by Barbara Corcoran

1971
KAVIK: THE WOLF DOG by Walter Morey

1970
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by Elaine (Lobl) Konigsburg

1969
HENRY REED'S BABY-SITTING SERVICE by Keith Robertson

1968
THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE by Beverly Cleary

1967
THE GRIZZLY by Annabel and Edgar Johnson

1966
RASCAL by Sterling North

1965
BRISTLE FACE by Kelly R. Masters (Zachary Ball, pseud.)

1964
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY by Sheila (Every) Burnford

1963
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell

1962
THE HELEN KELLER STORY by Catherine Owens Peare

1961
HENRY REED, INC. by Keith Robertson

1960
FLAMING ARROWS by William O. Steele

1959
OLD YELLER by Fred Gipson

1958
WHITE FALCON by Elliott Arnold

1957
DANIEL 'COON by Phoebe Erickson

1956
BRIGHTY OF THE GRAND CANYON by Marguerite Henry

1955
CHEROKEE BILL: OKLAHOMA PACER by Jean Bailey

1954
LITTLE VIC by Doris Gates

1953
AMOS FORTUNE, FREE MAN by Elizabeth Yates