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Books for Younger Children

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai,
written and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola,
published by Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Books for Older Children

The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom,
written by Margarita Engle,
published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers,
an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

Honors Books for Younger Children

The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos, Story by Cuento Lucía González,
Illustrations/Illustraciones Lulu Delacre,
published by Children's Book Press..

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
written and illustrated by James Rumford,
is a Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press,
an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.

Honors Books for Older Children

The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter,
published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press.

Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry,
published by National Geographi


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Books for Younger Children

The Escape of Oney Judge:  Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom,written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
published by Calkins Creek,
published by Farrar Strauss Giroux

Books for Older Children

We Are One:  The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brimner,
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully,
an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Honors Books for Younger Children

One Thousand Tracings:  Healing the Wounds of World War II
written and illustrated by Lita Judge,
published by Hyperion Books for Children.

Honors Books for Older Children

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins,
illustrations by Jamie Hogan,
published by Charlesbridge.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis,
published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford,
published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

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Books for Older Children

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata,
published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Books for Younger Children

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow,
written by Amy Lee-Tai,
illustrated by Felicia Hoshino and
published by Children’s Book Press

Honors Books for Older Children

Freedom Walkers,
written by Russell Freedman,
published by Holiday House.

Counting on Grace,
by Elizabeth Winthrop,
published by Wendy Lamb Books.

Honors Books for Younger Children

Night Boat to Freedom,
written by Margot Theis Raven with pictures by E. B. Lewis,
published by Melanie Kroupa Books

Crossing Bok Chitto:
told in written form by nationally recognized Choctaw storyteller, Tim Tingle,
illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges, an award-winning artist,
published by Cinco Puntos press.


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Books for Older Children

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America,
by Karen Blumenthal
published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Books for Younger Children

Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights,
written by Jim Haskinsillustrated by Benny Andrews,
published by Candlewick Press

Honors Books for Older Children

The Crazy Man,
by Pamela Porter,
published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press

Sweetgrass Basket,
by Marlene Carvell,
published by Dutton Children’s Books a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Honors Books for Younger Children

Poems to Dream Together=Poemas Para Soñar Juntos,
written by Francisco X. Alarcón,
illustrated by Paula Barragán,
published by Lee and Low Books, Inc.


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Books for Older Children

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote,
by Ann Bausum,
published by National Geographic Society.

Honor Books for Older Children

The Heaven Shop,
by Deborah Ellis,
published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Books for Younger Children

Sélavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope,
written and illustrated by Youme Landowne,
from Cinco Puntos Press.  

Honors Books for Younger Children

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue
by Karen English, with collage art of Javaka Steptoe
published by Clarion Books.

Henry and the Kite Dragon,
by Bruce Edward Hall, with paintings of William Low
published by Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing.
by James Rumford (and translation into Cherokee by Anna Sixkiller Huckaby),
published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

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Books for Older Children:

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope,
written by Beverley Naidoo. HarperCollins Children's Books.

Honor Books:

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
by Chris Crowe. Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924
by Deborah Hopkinson. Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc. 

Picture Books:

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez,
written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Harcourt Children's Books.

Honor Books:

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings,
written by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Terry Wideners. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, An Anne Schwartz Book.

Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen,
written by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick, illustrated by Ann Marshall. Tricycle Press.

Special Commendation:

Breadwinner Parvana's JourneyMud City by Deborah Ellis

This year, a Special Commendation is being awarded to The Breadwinner Trilogy, three books by Deborah Ellis, published by Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre. The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, and Mud City are connected realistic novels of children in contemporary Afghanistan, orphaned and displaced by war. As refugees in their own ravaged country, the courageous protagonist in each story displays her own special enterprise and perseverance.

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Book for Older Children:

Parvana's Journey
written by Deborah Ellis. Groundwood Books / Douglas & McIntyre, 2002.

Honor Books:

The Same Stuff as Stars
written by Katherine Paterson. Clarion, 2002.

When My Name Was Keoko
written by Linda Sue Park. Clarion, 2002.

Picture Books:

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Ann Grifalconi. HarperCollins, 2002.

Honor Books:

¡Si, Se Puede! Yes We Can! Janitor Strike In L.A.
written by Diana Cohn and illustrated by Francisco Delgado. Cinco Puntos Press, 2002.

The Village That Vanished
written by Ann Grifalconi and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Dial, 2002.


Books for Older Children:

The Other Side of Truth
written by Beverley Naidoo. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2001.

Honor Books:

A Group of One
written by Rachna Gilmore. Henry Holt, 2001.

True Believer
written by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, 2001

Picture Books:

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
written by Doreen Rappaport with artwork by Bryan Collier. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2001.

Honor Book:

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2001.

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Book for Older Children:

Esperanza Rising
written by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic Press, 2000

Honor Books:

The Color of My Words
written by Lynn Joseph.
A Joanna Cotler Book / HarperCollins, 2000

Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews
written by Ellen Levine. Holiday House, 2000.

Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues
written by Harriette Gillem Robinet.
A Jean Karl Book / Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Picture Book:

The Composition
written by Antonio Skármeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. Groundwood, 2000.

Honor Books:

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
written by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Henri Sorensen. Peachtree Publishers, 2000.


Books for Older Children:

Through My Eyes
written by Ruby Bridges. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.,1999.

Honor Books:

The Birchbark House
written by Louise Erdrich. Hyperion, 1999.

Kids on Strike!
written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Picture Books:

Molly Bannaky
written by Alice McGill. Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Honor Books:

A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired
written by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson.
Illustrated by Raúl Colón. Anne Schwartz / Atheneum, 1999.

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry...
written by Molly Bang. The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.,1999.

The 1990s


Book for Older Children:

Bat 6
written by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 1998.

Honor Books:

The Heart of a Chief
written by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 1998.

No More Strangers Now
written by Tim McKee. Photographs by Anne Blackshaw. A Melanie Kroupa Book / DK Ink, 1998.

Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange
written by Elizabeth Partridge. Viking, 1998.

Picture Book:

Painted Words / Spoken Memories: Marianthe's Story
written by Aliki. Greenwillow, 1998.

Honor Books:

Hey, Little Ant
written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. Illustrated by Debbie Tilley. Tricycle Press, 1998

i see the rhythm
written by Toyomi Igus. Illustrated by Michele Wood. Children's Book Press, 1998.

This Land Is Your Land
words and music by Woody Guthrie. Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen. Little, Brown, 1998.


Book for Older Children:

written by Naomi Shihab Nye. Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Honor Books:

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
written by Francisco Jimenez. University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

written by Paul Fleischman. HarperCollins, 1997.

Picture Book:

Seven Brave Women
written by Betsy Hearne. Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen. Greenwillow, 1997.

Honor Books:

Celebrating Families
written by Rosmarie Hausherr. Scholastic, 1997.

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
written by Ken Mochizuki. Illustrated by Dom Lee. Lee & Low, 1997.


Book for Older Children:

Growing Up In Coal County
written by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Houghton Mifflin, 1996.

Honor Books:

Behind the Bedroom Wall
written by Laura E. Williams. Milkweed, 1996.

Second Daughter: The Story of a Slave Girl
written by Mildred Pitts Walter. Scholastic, 1996.

Picture Book:

Wilma Unlimited
written by Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by David Diaz. Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Honor Book:

The Day Gogo Went to Vote
written by Elinor Batezat Sisulu. Illustrated by Sharon Wilson. Little, Brown, 1996.


Book for Older Children:

The Well
written by Mildred D. Taylor. Dial, 1995.

Honor Books:

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
written by Jacqueline Woodson. Blue Sky / Scholastic, 1995.

On the Wings of Peace: Writers and Illustrators Speak Out for Peace
in Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Clarion, 1995.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963
written by Christopher Paul Curtis. Delacorte, 1995.

Picture Book:

No award given.

Special Commendation:

The Middle Passage
written by Tom Feelings. Dial, 1995.


Book for Older Children:

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
written by Russell Freedman. Clarion, 1994.

Honor Books:

Cezanne Pinto
written by Mary Stolz. Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
written by Jacqueline Woodson. Delacorte, 1994.

Picture Book:

Sitti's Secrets
written by Naomi Shihab Nye. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Four Winds Press, 1994.

Honor Book:

Bein' with You This Way
written by W. Nikola-Lisa. Illustrated by Michael Bryant. Lee & Low, 1994.


Book for Older Children:

Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Stories
written by Ellen Levine. G.P. Putnam's, 1993.

Honor Book:

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
written by Russell Freedman. Clarion, 1993.

Picture Book:

This Land Is My Land
written by George Littlechild. Children's Book Press, 1993.

Honor Book:

Soul Looks Back in Wonder
written by Tom Feelings. Dial, 1993.


Book for Older Children:

A Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti
written by Frances Temple. Orchard, 1992.

Honor Book:

Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
written by Mary E. Lyons. Scribners, 1992.

Picture Book:

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
written by Faith Ringgold. Crown, 1992.

Honor Book:

Mrs. Katz and Tush
written by Patricia Polacco. Bantam, 1992.


Journey of the Sparrows
written by Fran Leeper Buss with the assistance of Daisy Cubias. Lodestar, 1991.

Honor Book:

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
written by Walter Dean Myers. HarperCollins, 1991.


The Big Book for Peace
edited by Ann Durell and Marilyn Sachs. Dutton, 1990.

Honor Books:

The Journey: Japanese-Americans, Racism and Renewal
written by Sheila Hamanaka. Richard Jackson / Orchard, 1990.

The Middle of Somewhere: A Story of South Africa
written by Sheila Gordon. Orchard, 1990.


A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter
written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack. Walker, 1989.

Honor Books:

Number the Stars
written by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Shades of Gray
written by Carolyn Reeder. Macmillan, 1989.

The Wednesday Surprise
written by Eve Bunting. Clarion, 1989.

The 1980s

1989 (Tie):

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
written by Virginia Hamilton. Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

Looking Out
written by Victoria Boutis. Four Winds Press, 1988.

Honor Books:

December Stillness
written by Mary Downing Hahn. Clarion, 1988.

The Most Beautiful Place in the World
written by Ann Cameron. Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.

Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust
written by Milton Meltzer. Haroer & Row, 1988.


Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa
written by Sheila Gordon. Orchard Books/Franklin Watts, 1987.

Honor Books:

Nicolas, Where Have You Been?
written by Leo Lionni. Knopf, 1987.

Trouble at the Mines
written by Doreen Rappaport. Crowell, 1987.


Nobody Wants a Nuclear War
written by Judith Vigna. Albert Whitman, 1986.

Honor Books:

All in a Day
written by Mitsumasa Anno. Philomel, 1986.

Children of the Maya: A Guatemalan Indian Odyssey
written by Brent Ashabranner. Photographs by Paul Conklin.
Dodd, Mead, 1986


Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers
written by Milton Meltzer. Harper & Row, 1985.

Honor Book:

Journey to the Soviet Union
written by Samantha Smith. Little, Brown, 1985.


The Short Life of Sophie Scholl
written by Hermann Vinke. With an interview with Ilse Aichinger.
Translated from the German by Hedvig Pachter. First U.S. edition: Harper & Row, 1984.

Honor Books:

The Island on Bird Street
written by Uri Orlev. Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin.
Houghton, Mifflin, 1984.

Music, Music for Everyone
written by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow, 1984.


Rain of Fire
written by Marion Dane Bauer. Clarion/Houghton Mifflin, 1983.


Hiroshima No Pika
written by Toshi Maruki. Translated from the Japanese. First U.S. edition: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1982.

Honor Books:

The Bomb
written by Sidney Lenz. Lodestar / Dutton, 1982.

If I Had a Paka: Poems in Eleven Languages
written by Charlotte Pomerantz. Greenwillow, 1982.

West Coast Honor Book: People at the Edge of the World: The Ohlone of Central California
written by Betty Morrow. Bacon, 1982.

Special Recognition:

All the Colors of the Race
written by Arnold Adoff. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1982.

Children as Teachers of Peace
written by Our Children. Celestial Press, 1982.


A Spirit to Ride the Whirlwind
written by Athena V. Lord. Macmillan, 1981.

Honor Books:

Let the Circle Be Unbroken
written by Mildred D. Taylor. Dial, 1981.

Lupita Mañana
written by Patricia Beatty. Morrow, 1981.


First Woman in Congress: Jeannette Rankin
written by Florence Meiman White. Julian Messner, 1980.

Honor Books:

Chase Me, Catch Nobody!
written by Erik Haugaard. Houghton Mifflin, 1980.

Doing Time: A Look at Crime and Prisons
writtten by Phyllis Clark and Robert Lehrman. Hastings House, 1980.

We Are Mesquakie, We Are One
written by Hadley Irwin. Feminist Press, 1980.


The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl
written by David Kherdian. Greenwillow, 1979.

West Coast Honor Book:

Woman from Hiroshima
written by Toshio Mori. Isthmus, 1979.

Special Recognition:

Natural History
written by M. B. Goffstein. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.

The 1970s


Many Smokes, Many Moons: A Chronology of American Indian History through Indian Art
written by Jamake Highwater. Lippincott, 1978.

Honor Books:

Escape to Freedom
written by Ossie Davis. Viking, 1978.

The Great Gilly Hopkins
written by Katherine Paterson. Crowell, 1978.


Child of the Owl
written by Laurence Yep. Harper & Row, 1977.

Honor Books:

Alan and Naomi
written by Myron Levoy. Harper & Row, 1977.

Mischling, Second Degree
written by Ilse Koehn. Greenwillow, 1977.

Special Recognition:

written by Lucille Clifton. Dutton, 1977.

The Wheel of King Asoka
written by Ashok Davar. Follett, 1977.


Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust
written by Milton Meltzer. Harper & Row, 1976.

Honor Book:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
written by Mildred D. Taylor. Dial, 1976.


Paul Robeson
written by Eloise Greenfield. T.Y. Crowell, 1975.

Honor Books:

written by Laurence Yep. Harper& Row, 1975.

Song of the Trees
written by Mildred D. Taylor, Dial, 1975.

Z for Zachariah
by Robert C. O'Brien. Atheneum, 1975.


The Princess and the Admiral
written by Charlotte Pomerantz. Addison-Wesley, 1974.

Honor Books:

The Eye of Conscience
written by Milton Meltzer and Bernard Cole. Follett, 1974.

My Brother Sam Is Dead
written by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier. Four Winds, 1974.

Viva la Raza!
written by Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez and Enriqueta Longeaux y Vasquez. Doubleday, 1974.


written by Nicholasa Mohr. Harper & Row, 1973.

Honor Books:

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
written by Alice Childress. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1973.

Men Against War
writtten by Barbara Habenstreit. Doubleday, 1973.

A Pocket Full of Seeds
written by Marilyn Sachs. Doubleday, 1973.


The Riddle of Racism
written by S. Carl Hirsch. Viking, 1972.

Honor Book:

The Upstairs Room
written by Johanna Reiss. Crowell, 1972.


The Tamarack Tree
written by Betty Underwood. Houghton Mifflin, 1971.


Jane Addams: Pioneer of Social Justice
written by Cornelia Meigs. Little Brown, 1970.


The Cay
written by Theodore Taylor. Doubleday, 1969.

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The 1960s


The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
written by Esther Hautzig. T.Y. Crowell, 1968.


The Little Fishes
written by Erick Haugaard. Houghton Mifflin, 1967.


Queenie Peavy
written by Robert Burch. Viking, 1966.


Berries Goodman
written by Emily Cheney Neville. Harper & Row, 1965.


Meeting with a Stranger
written by Duane Bradley. Lippincott, 1964.


Profiles in Courage: Young Readers Memorial Edition
written by John F. Kennedy. Harper & Row, 1964.


The Monkey and the Wild, Wild Wind
written by Ryerson Johnson. Abelard-Schuman, 1961.


The Road to Agra
written by Aimee Sommerfelt. Criterion, 1961.


What Then, Raman?
written by Shirley L. Arora. Follett, 1960.


Champions of Peace
written by Edith Patterson Meyer. Little Brown, 1959.

The 1950s


No Award Given


The Perilous Road
written by William O. Steele. Harcourt, Brace, 1957.


Blue Mystery
written by Margot Benary-Isbert. Harcourt, Brace, 1957.


Story of the Negro
written by Arna Bontemps. Knopf, 1955.


Rainbow Round the World
written by Elizabeth Yates. Bobbs-Merrill, 1954.


written by Jean Ketchum. Cadmus Books, E.M. Hale, 1953.


People Are Important
written by Eva Knox Evans. First published by Capital, 1951.