Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

National Book Award Winning Children's Books for Young People's Literature

The National Book Award recognizes outstanding books by U.S. authors. Check out this list of winning titles from the young people's lit category!
 
Cover image for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie Illustrated by Ellen Forney

2007 National Book Award Winner

Read More

Hardcover Book: $15.29

Buy Now
Cover image for Penderwicks, The
Penderwicks, The
by Jeanne Birdsall

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.

Read More
Cover image for Holes
Holes
by Louis Sachar

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats.

Read More

Paperback Book: $5.59

Buy Now
Cover image for What I Saw and How I Lied
What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell

This National Book Award winner set during the aftermath of WWII is now available in paperback!

Read More

CD: $20.96

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $8.99

Buy Now

Hardcover Book: $11.89

Buy Now
Cover image for Mockingbird
Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and a gifted artist. She also has Asperger's syndrome, and lives in a world of her own. Her brother, Devon, was the one who always helped her get by. But a middle-school shooting took his life.

Read More
Cover image for Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
by M. T. Anderson

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age 16, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Read More
Cover image for Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Inspired by the author's own childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam as a refugee and immigrating to Alabama, this Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award winner told in verse is sure to capture young readers' hearts and open their eyes.
Read More
Cover image for Godless
Godless
by Pete Hautman
Read More
Cover image for The House of the Scorpion
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium — a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish.
Read More
Cover image for Homeless Bird
Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan

"Leaving Home...forever. "

Read More
Cover image for When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt
Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer.

This summer, everyone seems to be leaving. Thirteen-year-old Toby's mother leaves home to be a country singer. His best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam.

Read More
Cover image for Canning Season, The
Canning Season, The
by Polly Horvath
Read More
Cover image for True Believer
True Believer
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Read More
Cover image for Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
by Phillip M. Hoose

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Read More
Cover image for Goblin Secrets
Goblin Secrets
by William Alexander

A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

Read More

Find Just-Right Books

Sponsor Spotlight