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West Virginia Center for the Book: West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award

Current Choices

2009 -- 2010

 West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award Winner:

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

 Runners up:

Beowulf: A Hero’s Tale Retold by James Rumford

Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story by Anna Egan Smucker

Cracker: The Best Dog in Viet Nam by Cynthia Kadohata

Past Winners



2009 - 2010    Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

2008 – 2009  Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck

2007 – 2008   Witch Catcher by Mary Downing Hahn

2006 – 2007  Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance by Marthe Jocelyn

 2005 – 2006   The Haunting at Swain's Fancy by Brenda Seabolt

2004 – 2005   Mysterious Matter of I. M. Free by Diane Stanley

2003 – 2004   No More Nasty by Amy McDonald

2002 – 2003   Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

2001 – 2002   Dork in Disguise by Carol Gorman

2000 – 2001   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

1999 – 2000   Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey

1998 – 1999   On Board The Titanic: What Was It Like When the Great Liner Sank? by Shelly Tanaka

1996 – 1997   Nasty, Stinky Sneakers by Eve Bunting

1997 – 1998   Earthquake Terror by Peg Kerhet

1995 – 1996   The Boys Start the War by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1994 – 1995   Taxicat and Huey by Gen LeRoy

1993 – 1994   Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1992 – 1993   Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli

1991 – 1992   Matilda by Roald Dahl

1990 – 1991   There’s A Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar

1989 – 1990   Fudge by Charlotte Graeber

1988 – 1989   Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz

1987 – 1988   Herbie Jones by Suzy Kline

1986 – 1987   Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

1985 – 1986   Mustard by Charlotte Graeber

1984 – 1985   Jumanji by Chris van Allsburg

Current WVCCBA Information

 West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award Nominees School Year 2010 – 2011

 1. Almond, David and Polly Dunbar, illus. My Dad’s a Birdman. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007, U. S. edition, 2008. In a small, rainy town in the north of England, Lizzie watches as her father, as well as other family members and friends, begin acting strangely as they prepare for the Great Human Bird Competition. Grades 3 to 6, 111 pages. ISBN 97807636678.

 2. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008. After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. A riveting story. Grades 4 to 12, 316 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9781416905851. Trade paperback ISBN 978141690508.

3. Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008. A wonderful and moving story. An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner’s rundown shack and two orphaned kittens born underneath the house endure separation, danger and other tribulations in their quest to be a free family. Interwoven is a powerful story based on Native American mythology. Grades 4 to 8, 313 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9781416950583. Trade paperback ISBN 9781416950592

4. Aston, Dianna Hutts and Jerry Pinckney, illus. The Moon over Star. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2008. On her family’s farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing. She dreams that one day she might be an astronaut too. Grades 1 to 4, unpaged. ISBN 9780803731073.

5. Elliott, Zetta and Shadra Strickland, illus. Bird. New York: Lee & Low Books, 2008. Bird, an artistic African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother’s drug addiction and death. Uncle Son, a family friend provides guidance and understanding. Grades 1 to 5, unpaged. ISBN 9781600602412.

6. Giff, Patricia Reilly. Eleven. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2008. When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings up memories of the past. With the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project his questions are answered. Grades 3 to 8, 164 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9780385730693. Trade paperback ISBN 9781440113639.

7. Hale, Shannon and Dean and Nathan Hale, illus. Rapunzel’s Revenge. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008. Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this graphic novel Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel. Grades 5 to 12, 144 pages. Hard cover ISNB 9781599900704. Trade paperback ISBN 9781599902883.

8. Kelly, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2009. In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother. She learns about love watching the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather. Grades 4 to 8, 340 pages. ISBN 9780805088410.

9. Klise, Kate and M. Sarah Klise, illus. Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road: Book One. Boston: Harcourt, 2009. In this story, told mostly through letters, writer’s-blocked, children’s book author I. B. Grumply gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer. Grades 3 to 7, 147 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9780152057275. Trade paperback (available September 2010) ISBN 9780547398488.

10. Lowry, Lois and Bagram Ibatoulline, illus. Crow Call. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. Nine-year-old Lizzie accompanies her father, newly returned from the War, when he goes hunting crows in rural Pennsylvania. Grades 3 to 8, unpaged. ISBN 978054530359.

11. Marsden, Carolyn and Thay Phap Niem. The Buddha’s Diamonds. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick, 2008. As a storm sweeps in, Tinh’s father tells him to tie up the family’s fishing boat but the storm frightens Tinh and he runs away. When the damage to the boat is discovered, he realizes what he must do. The afterword contains historical notes and a Vietnamese glossary. Grades 4 to 7, 97 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9780763633806. Trade paperback (available August 2010) ISBN 9780763648282.

12. Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. After celebrating their first nine birthdays together, friends Amanda and Leo have a falling out on their tenth and since not speaking to each other for a year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthdays separately, but peculiar things begin to happen. The day of their birthdays begins to repeat itself over and over. Can they set time back on the right path? Grades 4 to 6, 267 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9780545052399. Trade paperback ISBN 9780545052405.

13. Morris, Gerald and Aaron Renier, illus. The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. While not the most intrepid knight of the Round Table, Sir Givret the Short helps King Arthur and the other knights with his cunning and cleverness. Grades 3 to 6, 101 pages. Hard cover ISBN 978061877150. Trade paperback ISBN 9780547248189.

14. Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Faith, Hope and Ivy June. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009. During a student exchange program between a private school in Lexington and a rural public middle school in eastern Kentucky, seventh graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes and communities. They find that although their lifestyles are different, they have a lot in common. There is a reference to the Sago Mine disaster. Grades 5 to 12, 280 pages. ISBN 9780385736152.

15. Nicholls, Sally. Ways to Live Forever. New York: Arthur E. Levine Books, 2008. Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book about the last four months of his life, in which he tells what he would like to accomplish, how he feels and the things that happened to him. Following the text is a list of leukemia websites and books for young people about death and dying. Grades 4 to 7, 205 pages. Hard cover ISBN 9780545069489. Trade paperback (available January 2011) ISBN 9780545069496.

6. Peck, Richard. A Season of Gifts. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009. A companion novel to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, this story relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family who have recently moved to a small Illinois town by their larger than life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel. Grades 4 to 12, 164 pages. ISBN 9780803730823.

17. Reibstein, Mark and Ed Young, illus. Wabi Sabi. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 2008. Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name. Each page contains a haiku relating to the text and explanatory notes are included in the back. Grades K to 4, unpaged. ISBN 9780316118255.

18. Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2008. As bombs and missiles fall on Baghdad in 2003, a young boy uses calligraphy to distance himself from the horrors of war. There is an author’s note on Arabic calligraphy in the back. Grades 1 to 6, unpaged. ISBN 9781596432765.

19. Smith, Charles R., Jr. Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2008. With their fast –paced narration and dynamic photos, these stories will pump up confidence regardless of the sport. From saving a disastrous football season to sharing glory on the girls’ soccer field, the stories and inspirational quotes capture the striving for personal best and mastering fears. An author’s note is included. Grades 4 to 12, 80 pages. ISBN 9780763614454.

20. Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009. As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid”, Miranda, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy time and space. Grades 4 to 9, 199 pages. ISBN 978038573425. For more information, contact: Suzy McGinley, Youth Services Consultant West Virginia Library Commission 1900 Kan. Blvd. E. Culture Center Charleston, WV 25305 1-800-642-9021 (in state only) 304-558-3978


Contact Info.


Coordinator: Suzy McGinley

West Virginia Library Commission

1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.,

Charleston, WV  25303

Phone: 304-558-3978

Fax: 304-558-1612

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