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Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

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The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

The awards have been presented annually since 1953 by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association. Beginning in 1993, a Picture Book category was created. In 2005 categories changed to an Older and a Younger Children's award. Honor books may be chosen in each category. Authors and artists of award-winning and honor books each receive a certificate and a cash award.

2010 Jane Addams Book Award Winners
Books for Younger Children
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan,
written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter,
published by Beach Lane Books,
an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Books for Older Children
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary
written by Elizabeth Partridge,
published by Viking Children’s Books,
an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Honors Books for Younger Children
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride,
written by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney,
published by Disney-Jump at the Sun Books
You and Me and Home Sweet Home
written by George Ella Lyon and Stephanie Anderson,
published by Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Honors Books for Older Children
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
written by Tanya Lee Stone,
published by Candlewick Press.
Claudette Colvin,
written by Phillip Hoose,
published by Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux,
an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
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 Geographic

2008 Winners and Honor Books

Winner Books for Younger Children

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

Mrs. Washington’s declares that young Oney is just like one of the Washington’s own children, but Oney is not fooled. 

On the night Mrs. Washington tells Oney she will not grant her freedom upon her death, Oney thinks quickly, acts courageously and flees. Expressive watercolors within this well-researched biography portray the bravery of Ona Maria Judge, an African-American woman who claimed, and fought for, the right to have “no mistress but herself.

Winner Books for Older Children Category

We Are One:  The Story of Bayard Rustin by Larry Dane Brimner, published by Calkins Creek, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc.

Working behind the scenes because of his sexual orientation and unpopular political stands, African-American pacifist and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a trusted adviser to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 

Succinct prose, powerful quotations and fresh historical photographs place the story of Rustin’s life alongside the story of the March, revealing the breadth and depth of Rustin’s decades of commitment to confronting racism and promoting peace in the United States and in countries around the world.

2008 Honors Younger Children Category 

One Thousand Tracings:  Healing the Wounds of World War II, written and illustrated by Lita Judge is published by Hyperion Books for Children.  After discovering one thousand yellowed foot tracings in her grandmother’s attic, Lita Judge wrote this tribute to her grandmother who had used these newspaper tracings to find appropriately-sized shoes to send to needy German families in the aftermath of World War II.

A combination of paintings, collages of original photographs and reproductions of foot tracings underscore the message of compassion at the heart of this family story.

2008 Honors Books for Older Children category

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, with illustrations by Jamie Hogan and published by Charlesbridge, is a contemporary novel set in Bangladesh. In clear prose and detailed black-and-white drawings, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting alpanas, traditional designs created by Bangladeshi women and girls.

Her talent, though valued by her family, cannot buy rice or pay back the loan on her father’s rickshaw as a son’s contribution would do. Determined to help financially, Naimi disguises herself as a boy and sparks surprising events that reveal an expanding world for herself and women in her community.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., is a sensitively-written historical novel infused with the spirit of youth.  Eleven-year-old Elijah bursts with pride at being the first child born free in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just across the border from Detroit. 

When a scoundrel steals money saved to buy an enslaved family’s freedom, Elijah impulsively pursues the thief into Michigan. The journey brings him face-to-face with the terrors of slavery, pushing him to act courageously and compassionately in the name of freedom.

Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford is published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc. Deftly-written free verse and expertly-chosen archival photographs lay open the horror of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing by telling the story in the voice of an imagined girl in the “year I turned ten.” 

Four memorial poems, each a tribute to one of the four girls murdered in the bombing, conclude this slim, powerful volume and carry its emphatic message:  No More Birminghams!


Winner Books for Younger Children category

Place Where Sunflowers Grow, written by Amy Lee-Tai, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino and published by Children’s Book Press. is the winner in the .

A Place Where Sunflowers Grow centers on a young child’s quiet confusion in the disorienting surroundings of the desert camp. This bilingual story told in Japanese and English emphasizes the arts, family and friendship as sources of strength in the face of injustice. Mixed-media illustrations rendered in the browns, yellows, and golds of both sunflowers and the desert bolster the story’s overriding message:  Not easily, but with time, patience and care, hope can be fostered in even the harshest circumstances.

Winner Books for Older Children category

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

Weedflower begins in December 1941. From the moment twelve-year-old Sumiko is turned away from a classmate’s birthday party because she is Japanese-American throughout her family’s subsequent internment, she responds to the injustices with disbelief, ambivalence, energy and hope. At Poston, an internment camp on the Mohave Indian reservation, her passion for growing flowers sustains her and a surprising friendship with a Mohave boy pushes her to face her own uncertain future with confidence.

Honors Books for Younger Children Category. 

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom, is written by Tim Tingle, illustrated by Jeanne Rorex Bridges and published by Cinco Puntos Press. The Choctaw people live on one side of the river Bok Chitto; plantation owners and African American slaves live on the other. A secret friendship between a Choctaw girl and an African-American boy is the first link in a chain of humanity that spirits the boy’s family across the river to freedom. The folk tale is a tribute to the Choctaws and Indians of every nation who aided African Americans running from slavery. Earth-tone paintings and striking use of white express the story’s blend of reality and magic perfectly.

Night Boat to Freedom, iswritten by Margot Theis Raven, pictures by E. B. Lewis and published by Melanie Kroupa Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  In danger and darkness, an enslaved African-American boy repeatedly risks his life to row others across the river to Ohio and freedom.  Expressive watercolors use blues, grays and patches of red to convey the emotional landscape of this story etched from the oral histories of former slaves

Honors Books for Older Children category.

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Russell Freedman and published by Holiday House. With inspiring quotes, compelling photos and telling details, Freedman’s well-documented account of the1955-56 Montgomery (AL) bus boycott brings the grass-roots, nonviolent nature of this movement to the fore. This story of ordinary African American citizens who “rose up in protest and united to demand their rights—by walking peacefully” demonstrates the power of passive resistance and collective action in challenging racism and injustice that shape daily life.

Counting on Grace, by Elizabeth Winthrop, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.  Forced to leave school, a French-Canadian girl joins her family working in the mills of Vermont in the early 1900’s.  With the support of a local teacher and incognito child-labor activist and photographer Lewis Hine, she sees the world beyond the boundaries of the mill and realizes the power of literacy to effect change. 


Delivering Justice: W. W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights, written by Jim Haskins and illustrated by Benny Andrews, and published by Candlewick Press, won the Books for Younger Children category.  Mr. Law, a mail carrier by trade and a courageous activist by conviction, catalyzed and led his community in the peaceful integration of all public facilities in Savannah, Georgia in the 1940s and well beyond.  Haskins traces Law’s impressive progress in succinct chapters, each accompanied by expressive oil-and-collage illustrations by Andrews. 

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America, by Karen Blumenthal and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster won the Books for Older Children category.  Replete with photos, comic strips, and progress “score cards,” the book provides exciting moment-by-moment political coverage of the 1971 bill that ensures equal education for girls.  The book is splendidly executed in design and documentation.

Poems to Dream Together=Poemas Para Soñar Juntos, written by Francisco X. Alarcón, illustrated by Paula Barragán, and published by Lee and Low Books, Inc., was named an honor book in the Books for Younger Children category. In nineteen short and heartfelt poems in Spanish and English, Alarcón encourages and inspires us to dream alone and to work and dream together, as families and communities, in order to make our hopes for a better world come true. The stylized paintings of Paula Barragán colorfully extend and interpret the theme.

Two books won honors in the Books for Older Children category, each written as a prose poem: The Crazy Man, by Pamela Porter, published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, and Sweetgrass Basket, by Marlene Carvell, published by Dutton Children’s Books/a Division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

The Crazy Man intertwines the emotional lives of an injured girl, a dazed mother, a runaway father, and a mental patient. Spare free-verse narration of twelve-year-old Emaline tells a story in which everyone is challenged to change in this 1960’s Saskatchewan community.  Porter touchingly captures both the wide, lonely prairies and the closed minds central to the tension in this book. 

Sweetgrass Basket is told in the alternating voices of two young Mohawk sisters. Each describes leaving her beloved home to be schooled in the notorious Carlisle Indian Industrial School, founded in 1879.  Devoted to each other and their father, but opposite in personality and outlook, the sisters experience their virtual imprisonment differently: Mattie, rashly defiant, and Sarah, fearfully obedient until it’s too late to act. 

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The 2000s


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.


Picture Book Category:

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

Honor Books:

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

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

Book for Older Children:

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

Honor Books:

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

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

Special Commendation:

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 Book:

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.

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Book 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 Book:

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.


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 Book:

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

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Book 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 Book:

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.

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The 90s


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 80's

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.

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The 70s


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 60's


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.

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The 50s


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.


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