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82 Award-Winning Books That Will Delight Kids or Teens

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Reading award-winning books with your kids is a wonderful way to experience some of the best stories that children’s literature has to offer the reader.

From original artwork and creative storylines to relatable themes and important topics, these award-winning books have been selected because they have made significant contributions to the world of children’s (and teen’s) literature.

Plus, you’ll find a free printable of the entire list of award-winning books for children.

This is a huge list of award winning books by grade level for kids and teens.

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Children’s Books Awards

Every year the excitement builds as librarians, teachers, and fans of literature eagerly wait to hear which titles have been recognized as award-winning books for kids.

Books written for children and teens can be honored with a wide variety of book awards.

Some of the most prestigious awards include the following:

The Newberry Award (established 1922) is a prestigious literary award presented to one children’s book each year by the American Library Association (ALA).

This winner is the book that made the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The award typically goes to a work of fiction that exhibits literary excellence and originality while contributing to the advancement of children’s literature.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the ALA and given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an annual literary honor presented by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize excellence in young adult literature.

The award is given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence and outstanding contributions to young adult literature. The Printz Award acknowledges works that demonstrate significant literary merit and appeal to a teen audience.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards are annual honors presented by the American Library Association (ALA) to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

These awards recognize contributions that promote understanding and appreciation of the African American experience.

If you are interested in hearing about more book awards for kids and young adults, then listen you’ll enjoy my detailed YouTube video look at the ALA awards:

In the list, below you will find many of the winners of the Newberry and Caldecott Awards, though the other awards will be mentioned if they won both.

As with any booklist for children and teens, be sure to research the content of a book before deciding if it is a good fit for your children. I like to use Common Sense Media and Goodreads for opinions and reviews.

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Early Elementary Award Winning Books: Grades K-3

These books are mainly Caldecott Winners, though a few Newberry Awards were given at these grade levels.

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt De la Peña
Newberry Winner 2016, Caldecott Honor, 2016

CJ and his grandmother ride the bus home from church every week. This week CJ has a lot of questions for his grandma as he questions why his life is different from the lives of his friends. Grandma answers patiently and helps him see the beauty in his daily routine.

sarah Plain and Tall

Sarah, Plain, and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan
Newberry Winner, 1986

This historical fiction book is set in the late 1800’s USA. Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton answers Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother so she comes to live with him and his two children on the prairie. Anna and Caleb, the two children, wonder if their new mom will be a good fit for them.

William Blakes Inn

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn

Nancy Willard
Newberry Winner, 1982; Caldecott Honor, 1982

This lovely collection of poems for children brings William Blake’s imaginary Inn and its unusual guests to life.


illustrated by Jason Chin, written by Andrea Wang
Caldecott Winner, Newberry Honor, and APALA Award Winner, 2022

Join a young Chinese girl and her immigrant parents as she learns to appreciate the fresh food her family has foraged, even along the roadside. She learns to appreciate her roots while making memories in their new home.

Hot Dog

Hot Dog

Doug Salati
Caldecott Winner, 2023

This little hot dog is done with summer in the city so he protests in the middle of the street. His owner takes him for a much-needed breath of fresh air at the beach.

We are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors

illustrated by Michaela Goade, written by Carole Lindstrom
Caldecott Winner, 2021

Inspired by the Indigenous-led movements across America, this book encourages readers to protect our most precious resource, water. Join the young water protector who takes a stand against the black snake threatening to destroy the Earth.

The Undefeated Award Winning Book

The Undefeated

illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander
Caldecott Winner and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2020

This poem is a love letter to black life in America. It is filled with references to accomplishments in the past while also drawing attention to important people and events in the present.

Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall
Caldecott Winner, 2019

Join the lighthouse keeper and his family as he details everything he does at the lighthouse. Follow his records all year long as the seasons come and go at the little lighthouse.

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow

Matthew Cordell
Caldecott Winner, 2018

A girl and a wolf cub are lost in a snowstorm. Join them in this sweet story of friendship and trust.

Radiant Child

Radiant Child: The Story
of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Caldecott Winner and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner, 2017

This is the story of well-known collage-style artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. This book takes the reader back to his childhood when he saw art everywhere around him in the vibrant life in New York City.

Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie: The True Story
of the World’s Most Famous Bear

illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick
Caldecott Winner, 2016

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian, rescued a baby bear that he named Winnie. He was on his way to tend horses in WW1 so he took the bear with him. After quite a journey, Winnie’s final stop was at a zoo where she befriended a boy named Christopher Robin.


The Adventures of Beekle:
The Unimaginary Friend

written and illustrated by Dan Santat
Caldecott Winner, 2015

When an imaginary friend is born, they have to wait for a child to choose them, but one imaginary friend gets tired of waiting. Instead, he leaves the island and sets off to find his perfect match.



Brian Floca
Caldecott Winner and Sibert Honor, 2014

It is the summer of 1869, and America has a brand-new transcontinental railroad. Join the families and crews who are traveling together from the plains to the mountains to the oceans.

This is not my hat

This Is Not My Hat

Jon Klassen
Caldecott Winner, 2013

A tiny fish arrives in a round blue topper hat and trouble might be following close behind. Travel with the tiny fish and see what happens.

A Ball for Daisy

A Ball for Daisy

Chris Raschka
Caldecott Winner, 2012

Daisy’s toy has been broken by a bigger dog. Now, in this nearly wordless picture book, readers will experience the highs and lows that a special toy can bring.

A sick day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead
Caldecott Winner, 2011

Amos McGee spends time with all of his friends each day at the zoo. When he stays home to rest during a sick day, his zoo friends decide to return the favor.

Lion and the mouse

The Lion & the Mouse

Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Winner, 2010

In this wordless adaptation of Aesop’s fable, this unlikely pair of animals learn the importance of kindness. These beautiful images make this a truly special retelling.

The House in the Night

The House in the Night

illustrated by Beth Krommes and written by Susan Marie Swanson
Caldecott Winner, 2009

At nighttime, you can find things that are both comforting and intriguing. In this bedtime board book, readers will travel through the house, up to the sky, and back again as they find wonder in the world.



David Wiesner
Caldecott Winner, 2008

Check out the mysteries of the deep in this beautiful picture book. A little boy goes to the beach to collect flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. When he discovers an underwater camera, he isn’t quite prepared for the amazing images inside.

The Hello Goodbye Window

The Hello, Goodbye Window

illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster
Caldecott Winner, 2006

Nanna and Poppy’s house has a wonderful window where one little girl ca see everything that happens near it and beyond it. This book is a wonderful look at childhood.

Kitten's First Full Moon

Kitten’s First Full Moon

Kevin Henkes
Caldecott Winner, 2005

It’s Kitten’s first full mom but she isn’t sure what to make of the moon. Is it a bowl of milk in the sky and is there any way she can drink it? Join this brave kitten on her quest to find answers.

The Man Who Walked Between Towers

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Mordicai Gerstein
Caldecott Winner, 2004

Based on the true story of French aerialist Philippe Petit, this picture book will take you on the high adventure of walking the wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center. This daring feat was accomplished in 1974 and the story will amaze you!

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Late Elementary Award Winning Books: Grades 4-6

Most of the books below are Newberry Winners though you will find a few Caldecott Winners as well.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick
Caldecott Winner, 2008

Hugo lives in the Paris train station and he must keep is life a secret. But everything is about to be put in jeopardy when his world collides with a bookish girl and the old man at the toy booth. This creative mystery book will entrance readers of all ages.

When you trap a tiger is a Newberry Winner

When You Trap a Tiger

Tae Keller
Newberry Winner, 2021

Lily and her family move in with Lily’s sick grandmother and a magical tiger appears right away. The tiger makes a deal with Lily — if she can return when her grandmother stole then they will reward her grandmother with health. Now Lily will need to find all the courage she can to face a tiger when she discovers the truth.

Flora & Ulysses Newberry Winner

Flora & Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo
Newberry Winner, 2014

A tragic accident with a vacuum cleaner grants one average squirrel, Ulysses, with superhero powers. He develops a friendship with Flora Belle Buckman and together they will face the adventures ahead.

the one and only ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate
Newberry Winner, 2013

Ivan the gorilla has spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall. He barely remembers his previous life in the jungle, but soon a baby elephant will open his eyes to the reality of his world and the need for change.

The Graveyard book

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman
Newberry Winner, 2009

Bod is a normal boy other than the fact that he lives in a graveyard and is being raised by ghosts. There are plenty of adventures available in a graveyard for a little boy, but he also has to protect himself from the people who killed his family.

Good Masters Sweet Ladies

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz
Newberry Winner, 2008

Be prepared to meet maidens, monks, and millers’ sons in this medieval tale. You’ll find twenty-two portraits to enjoy in this unique book.

Higher Power of Lucky

The Higher Power of Lucky

Susan Patron
Newberry Winner, 2007

Now that her guardian is returning to France, Lucky is certain that she will be abandoned and lose her beloved dog. It’s time for her to reach out to her “high power,” just like they taught at the twelve-stop program she eavesdrops on, because she is going to need a bit of help.

Tale of Desperaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo
Newberry Award, 2004

Meet a music-loving mouse, a rat who lives in darkness, and a serving girl with a wish. These three characters embark on a journey that will bring them together as destiny unveils itself.

Single Shard Newberry Winner

A Single Shard

Linda Park
Newberry Winner, 2002

Tree-ear is determined to prove himself to the master potter. He will do whatever it takes even if he must travel alone to the royal court to present his master’s work.

A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder

Richard Peck
Newberry Winner, 2001

Mary Alice spends her summers with her Grandma in a small town in Illinois where her Grandma knows how to shake things up. Now that Mary Alice is fifteen and is facing a whole year with Grandma, she has no idea what to expect!

Bud not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Curtis
Newberry and Coretta Scott King Award Winner, 2000

It’s 1936 and Bud is a motherless boy on the run in search of his father. He has a suitcase full of special items and a few clues to help guide his way, but there are plenty of obstacles ahead for him as he embarks on this journey of discovery.

Holes Newberry Award Winner


Louis Sachar
Newberry Winner, 1999

Stanley Yelnats is living under a curse caused by his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Now he has been unfairly sent to a boys’ detention center where he has to dig a hole every day. Soon it becomes clear that the warden is searching for something, but what is it and what is the connection to Stanley?

The View from Saturday

The View from Saturday

E.L. Konigsburg
Newberry Award, 1997

How did Mrs. Olinski select Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian for her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? And why do they make such a good team? No one quite knows the answers but they watch as this team rises to the occasion and even beats the 7th and 8th grade teams! Turns out this team is learning more than just academics.

The Midwifes apprentice

The Midwife’s Apprentice

Karen Cushman
Newberry Winner, 1996

A girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the short-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat—who renames herself Alyce—gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something in life for the first time.

Walk Two Moons Newberry Winners

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech
Newberry Award, 1995

Salamanca Tree Hiddle is proud of the “Indian-ness in her blood.” As she travels with her grandparents, she tells them stories about a girl named Phoebe. As Sal tells her entertaining stories, her own story begins to unfold and it is clear that her only wish is to find her missing mother.

Missing May

Missing May

Cynthia Rylant
Newberry Winner, 1993

Summer’s Aunt May died six years ago and life for Summer and her Uncle Ob hasn’t been the same. Neither of them can shake the sadness they feel. Summer wants a sign from May to help them know what to do next, and when she finally receives one, she and Uncle Ob discover that they can move on while still missing May.



Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Newberry Award, 1992

Marty Preston discovers a young beagle in the hills near his house and falls in love with it. Unfortunately, the beagle belongs to Judd Travers who abuses his dogs. When the dog runs away to live with Marty, it causes problems between Marty’s family and Judd Travers and now they have to find a way to solve them and protect the dog, Shiloh.

Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

Jerry Spinelli
Newberry Award, 1991

A freak accident made Jeffry Lionel “Maniac” Magee an orphan and now he lives with his Aunt and Uncle. After living in this situation for eight years, Maniac Magee decides to run — not just run away, but run. And that is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins.

Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry
Newberry Award, 1990

Follow the Danish Resistance as they smuggle almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark across the sea to Sweden through the eyes of a ten-year-old child.

joyful Noise

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman
Newberry Award, 1989

These creative poems bring the wonderful signs of nature to life — from the drone of the honeybee to the pulse of the cicada. Readers will also enjoy the vibrant drawings included with the poems.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary
Newberry Award, 1984

Leigh Botts’ parents have separated and he moves to a new town with his mother. He is struggling with the changes and, as the result of a class assignment, begins a pen pal relationship with his favorite author.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basiil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg
Newberry Winner, 1968

Claudia has planned her runaway very carefully. She will live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she will take her brother with her, mostly because he has money. At the museum, she and Jamie get caught up in solving the mystery behind a special statue and Claudia will not go home until she gets answers.

Find 82 award winning books by grade level

Middle School Award Winning Books: Grades 7-9

Once again, please be sure to check the content of books before giving them to your children. As you reach older grade levels, books often contain topics that can be challenging for sensitive students.



Amina Luqman-Dawson
Newberry Award and Coretta Scott King Winner, 2023

Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, unwillingly leaving their beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there’s no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater, deep in the swamp.

New Kid

Jerry Craft
Newberry Winner and Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2020

Seventh grader Jordan Banks wants nothing more than to go to an art school, but instead, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school. Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his grade and now he finds himself navigating two worlds: the upscale world of his classmates and the neighborhood where he lives.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Meg Medina
Newberry Winner, 2019

Merci Suárez knew sixth grade would be tough, but as a scholarship student in a private school full of weathly families, things were tougher than she imagined. It only gets worse when she becomes the target of another student’s jealousy. In addition, things are also getting worse at home with her grandfather and no one will tell her what is going on.

Hello Universe

Hello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly
Newberry Award Winner, 2018

The lives of four children are about to weave together in unexpected ways in this story told from all four different points of view. None of these children are friends until a prank turns into a disaster that leads them to help one another in this surprising tale of friendship.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill
Newberry Winner, 2017

Enter this magical world where a kind witch named Xan rescues a baby every year and feeds her starlight to give her special powers. However, one year, she accidentally feeds the baby moonlight, giving her extraordinary abilities. As Luna grows up, she discovers her powers and embarks on a thrilling adventure that explores courage, friendship, and the magic within.

The Crossover

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander
Newberry and Coretta Scott King Award Winner, 2015

Twin brothers, Josh and Jordan Bell, love playing basketball. As they navigate the challenges of adolescence, their bond is tested both on and off the court. With engaging poetry and dynamic characters, this book is a slam dunk for middle schoolers who enjoy sports and family dramas.

Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt

Jack Gantos
Newberry and Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction Winner, 2021

Join Jack as he spends his summer in the small town of Norvelt. Jack gets caught up in mysterious deaths, historical tales, and hilarious misadventures, all while trying to stay out of trouble. You’ll find plenty of humor and history in this memorable read for middle schoolers.

Moon over Manifest

Moon over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool
Newberry Winner, 2011

This award-winning book is set during the Great Depression when a girl named Abilene uncovers secrets about her father’s past. Through a series of mysterious letters and historical tales, Abilene learns about friendship, community, and the power of storytelling.

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead
Newberry Winner, 2010

Miranda, a middle schooler in 1979 New York City receives mysterious notes that seem to predict the future. She quickly becomes entangled in a puzzle that revolves around friendship, time travel, and a tragic incident. As she tries to solve the puzzle, she discovers the interconnectedness of events and the power of kindness.

Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Lynne Rae Perkins
Newberry Award Winner, 2006

The book follows Debbie, Hector, and their friends as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence during a hot summer. Each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view and includes their thoughts and experiences. This book captures the essence of middle school friendships and the unique moments that make up our everyday lives.

Kira Kira


Cynthia Kadohata
Newberry Winner, 2005

This is a heartfelt novel that follows the close bond between two Japanese-American sisters, Katie and Lynn, as they face the challenges of growing up in the 1950s. Set against a backdrop of cultural and racial struggles, the story beautifully explores themes of family, resilience, and finding beauty in the face of adversity.

Crispin The Cross of Lead

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Newberry Medal Winner, 2003

This is a gripping historical adventure set in medieval England, where a young boy named Crispin discovers dark secrets about his past after being accused of a crime. As Crispin embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth, the novel skillfully intertwines elements of mystery, suspense, and historical authenticity.

Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse
Newberry Winner, 1998

This book is a poignant novel-in-verse that tells the story of Billie Jo Kelby, a young girl coming of age during the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. Through Billie Jo’s lyrical and evocative narration, the novel explores themes of loss, resilience, and hope as she grapples with the harsh realities of her environment and the impact of tragedy on her family.

The Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry
Newberry Winner, 1994

The Giver is a thought-provoking dystopian novel set in a seemingly perfect society where emotions are suppressed, and memories are controlled. As Jonas, a young boy chosen for a unique role, uncovers the dark truths behind the community’s facade, he grapples with the consequences of knowledge and the pursuit of true individuality.

The Westing Game

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin
Newberry Winner, 1979

The Westing Game is a mystery novel about a group of people brought together to solve the puzzle of millionaire Samuel Westing’s death. The sixteen heirs are paired up and given clues to unravel the mystery, with a grand prize at stake. You’ll find plenty of clever twists and quirky characters in this middle school favorite as you try to solve the puzzle alongside the characters.

the Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista

Donna Barba Higuera
Newberry Winner, 2022

Petra Peña has the power to bring stories to life. When her beloved abuelita is kidnapped by El Raton, a sinister being trying to erase stories, Petra sets out on a daring adventure to save her. She encounters magical creatures and faces challenges that test her bravery as she uses her storytelling gift to combat darkness.

82 award winning books by grade level are on this list of books

High School Award Winning Books: Grade 10-12

Books for teenagers can include mature topics at times, so be sure to do your research about the following award-winning books for teens.

Firekeepers Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

Angeline Boulley
Printz Medal Winner, 2022

This book is a riveting thriller that follows Daunis Fontaine, a biracial and unenrolled tribal member, as she becomes entangled in an investigation involving drug trafficking and murder in her Ojibwe community. She agrees to go undercover for the FBI and is soon concerned with how things are being done.

Everything Sad is Untree

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story)

Daniel Nayeri
Printz Medal Winner, 2021

This autobiographical memoir delves into the author’s experiences as an Iranian refugee. A young refugee tells his classmates the tales of his family’s escape because his mom became a Christian. The creative storytelling weaves Persian folklore and ancient history into his own family’s story.

The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo
Printz Medal Winner, 2019

Xiomara Batista, a Dominican-American teenager, feels unheard in her neighborhood but is finding her voice through poetry. Xiomara knows that it is best to keep her poetry to herself, espcially because of her mom’s involvment in church. When she is invited to join a slam poetry club, she desperately wants to but isn’t sure how it will work.

We are Okay

We Are Okay

Nina LaCour
Printz Medal Winner, 2018

Marin leaves home so she can deal with her grief, the loss of her mom, and complexities of her past. Now she is on her own, thousands of miles away from the California coast and she allows a friend to visit. Now Marin will be forced to face so many of the things she has run away from.

March Book 3

March:  Book Three

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Printz Award Winner and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner, 2017

This powerful graphic novel is the conclusion of Congressman John Lewis’s experiences during the Civil Rights Movement.

I'll give you the sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson
Printz Award Winner, 2015

This beautifully written novel explores the complex dynamics of sibling relationships through the perspectives of twins Noah and Jude. Noah and Jude are inseperable despite some of their differences. Noah is quiet, likes to draw, and is love with the boy next door while Jude wears red-lipstick and talks constantly. Years later they are barely speaking, but they each have their side of the story to tell.

In Darkness Award Winning Book

In Darkness

Nick Lake
Printz Award Winner, 2013

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, death seems eminent for Shorty. As he waits in the darkness, he hears a voice from the past reach out. It is the voice of the slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture. Now the two are united, but is it in darkness or in hope?

Bone Gap Award Winner

Bone Gap

Laura Ruby
Printz Award Winner, 2016

This mesmerizing novel blends magical realism with a mysterious small-town setting. When Rosa goes missing, Finn knows she was kidnapped but he can’t remember the face of the man who took her.



Marcus Sedgwick
Printz Award Winner, 2014

This captivating novel spans different time periods as seven stories all take place on the remote Scandinavian island. What binds these stories together and what secrets lurk on the island?

Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back

John Corey Whaley
Printz Award Winner, 2012

It is the summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school and he is forced to question everything he things he knows about life in his dull Arkansas town. The most difficult thing that has happened is that his gifted brother suddenly disappears. Meanwhile, a young missionary is having a crisis of faith in Africa, and while it is miles away, these stories are woven together in surprising ways.

Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker

Paolo Bacigalupi
Printz Award Winner, 2012

Find yourself immersed in a dystopian world where America’s Gulf Coast region is flooded. Nailer, a teenage boy, scavenges copper wiring for a living. One day he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane and must decided if he should strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor.

Going Bovine

Going Bovine

Libba Bray
Printz Award Winner, 2010

Cameron is a 16-year-old boy who just wants to make it through high school but he is sick and is going to die. Strangely enough, hope arrives in the form of a strange hallucination and Cam sets off across the USA to find what really matters.

Jellicoe Road

Jellicoe Road

Melina Marchetta
Printz Award, 2009

Taylor Markham is 17 but was abandoned by her mother when she was only 11 years old. Now her past has caught up to her but she doesn’t have a lot of time to figure it out. Now the adult closest to her has disappeared and a boy from her past is back in town. There are plenty of twists and turns at Taylor tries to work out how everything is connected.

The White Darkness

The White Darkness

Geraldine McCaughrean
Printz Award, 2008

Henry Worsley is obsessed with Ernest Shackleton, the Arctic explorer from the nineteenth-century. Worsley feels a strange connection to Shackleton and as a result, sets out on his own quest to walk across Antarctica alone.

American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang
Printz Award, 2007

A thought-provoking graphic novel that intricately weaves together three interconnected stories exploring cultural identity, stereotypes, and the challenges of fitting in.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

John Green
Printz Award, 2006

Teenager Miles Halter is tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what he calls the “Great Perhaps.” He will meet Alaska Young at boarding school and things won’t be the same.

How I Live Now Award Winning Book

How I Live Now

Meg Rosoff
Printz Award, 2005

Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins. Shortly after Daisy arrives, her aunt leaves on business soon. London is attachedk the next day and the power fails. The farm where she lives turns into an isolated place, much like a kind of Eden, for Daisy and her cousins

The First Part Last

The First Part Last

Angela Johnson
Printz Award, 2004

Bob is a sixteen year old teenage boy and he just learned that he is going to be a father. Suddenly all of his priorities begin to change as he is faced with the realities of his situation. This is an honest look at the reality of teen pregnancy from the point of view of the teen boy.

Postcards from No Man's Land

Postcards from No Man’s Land

Aidan Chambers
Printz Award, 2003

Jacob Todd is seventeen year old and has decided to head to Amsterdam to honor his grandfather who died during World War II. Nothing goes as planned for Jacob and instead of a brief visit to the grave, he meets someone who teaches him more about his grandfather.

A Step From Heaven

A Step From Heaven

An Na
Printz Award, 2002

Young Ju emigrated from South Korea to the United States with her family. She always imagined that America would be a dreamland, but it is quite the opposite. There are so many language and cultural barriers that it is hard for Ju and her entire family. Everything is falling part but a cataclysmic event has the potential to change that.

Kit's Wilderness

Kit’s Wilderness

David Almond
Printz Award, 2001

The Watson family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to care for Kit’s recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew he joins him in playing a game called Death. The boys go into the mines to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors.

Monster Award Winning


Walter Dean Myers
Printz Award, 2000

A powerful novel-in-verse that delves into the criminal justice system through the eyes of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy on trial for his alleged involvement in a robbery-turned-murder. The book is written as a screenplay by Steve as he captures his experiences with the legal system and reflects on the choices he made.

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