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Children's Book Awards Luncheon

Children's Book Award Luncheon

Each year NCTE celebrates the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction, and the Poetry Award at a luncheon held at its Annual Convention. The room is filled with honored authors who share books at each table. Current winners keynote the event and new winners are announced.

The live broadcast is now over. A recording will be posted soon. 


Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners: 


The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children was established in 2014 to promote and recognize fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.

2017 Winner: 
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)



2017 Honor Books:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (Walden Pond Press)
  • The Night Gardener by Eric and Terry Fan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, Illustrated by Mike Curato (Baltzer & Bray)

2017 Recommended Books:

  • A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Hoot and Peep by Lita Judge (Dial Books)
  • Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
  • Luis Paints the World by Terry Farish, Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez (Carolrhoda Books)
  • One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi (Harper Collins)
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Harry N. Abrams)
  • The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner (Bloomsbury)
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

Some WritersThe NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, established in 1989, is the oldest children’s book award for nonfiction. The name Orbis Pictus commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.

2017 Winner:
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) 


2017 Honor Books:

  • Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics by Steve Jenkins
    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
  • The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial written by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Bloomsbury)
  • Giant Squid by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press)
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Olinguito, from A to Z: Unveiling the Cloud Forest by Lulu Delacre (Children’s Book Press)

2017 Recommended Books:

  • Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box compiled and edited by Leonard Marcus (Candlewick Press)
  • Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic) 
  • How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy, illustrated by C. F. Payne (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda)
  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee & Low Books)


Marilyn NelsonNCTE established the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1977 to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13. 

2017 Winner:  Marilyn Nelson

(photo credit Fran Funk 2009)



Posts about this year's award winners: 

NCTE Charlotte Huck and Orbis Pictus Award Announcement (School Library Journal: The Classroom Bookshelf)

NCTE 2017 Charlotte Huck Awards (A Year of Reading blog) 


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