Since 1953, AAUW of North Carolina has partnered with the NC Literary and Historical Association to present an award in recognition of the most significant work of original juvenile literature published over the course of the last year by a North Carolina author. The judges include a representative from Lit & Hist, one from AAUW NC, and a librarian familiar with young people’s literature. The deadline for the award nominations is July 15 of each year, with the award presented at the fall meeting of the Literary and Historical Association.

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2023Micki BareBlind Fairy: Zahra of the Uwharries
2022Micki BareSociety of the Sentinelia: Zahra of the Uwharries
2021Halli GomezList of Ten
2020Meg CannistraThe Trouble with Shooting Stars
2019Kelly Starling LyonsGoing Down Home with Daddy
2018Carole Boston Weatherford Shomberg: The Man Who Built a Library
2017Ali StandishThe Ethan I Was Before
2016Sheila TurnageThe Odds of Getting Even
2015Frances O'Roark DowellAnybody Shining
2014Joan HolubLittle Red Writing
2013Kelly Starling LyonsTea Cakes for Tosh
2012John Claude BemisThe White City
2011Gloria HoustonMiss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile
2010John Claude BemisThe Nine Pound Hammer
2009Clay CarmichaelWild Things
2008Cathryn SillAbout Habitats: Wetlands
2007Eleanora E. TateCeleste's Harlem Renaissance
2006Joyce Moyer HostetterBlue
2005Carole Boston WeatherfordFreedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins
2004Blonnie Bunn WycheThe Anchor: P. Moore Proprietor
2003Michelle GroceJasper
2002Carole Boston WeatherfordRemember the Bridge
2001Reynolds PriceA Perfect Friend
2000Lisa Williams KlineEleanor Hill
1999Gloria HoustonBright Freedom's Song: A Story of the UndergroundRailroad
1998Jacqueline K. OgburnJukebox Man
1997Gloria HoustonLittlejim's Dreams: An Appalachian Christmas Story
1996William HooksFreedom's Fruit
1995Joanne and Kenn ComptonSody Sallyratus
1994Joanne ComptonAshpet: An Appalachian Tale
1993Christina AskounisThe Dream of the Stone
1992Bill BrittainWings
1991Suzanne NewtonWhere Are You When I Need You?
1990Lila HopkinsTalking Turkey
1989Belinda HurmenceThe Nightwalker
1988Lila HopkinsEating Crow
1987Sue Ellen BridgersPermanent Connections
1986Nancy TillyGolden Girl
1985Catherine PetroskiThe Summer That Lasted Forever
1984Belinda HurmenceTancy
1983Glen RoundsWild Appaloosa
1982Suzanne NewtonM. V. Sexton Speaking
1981No award
1980Caroline B. CooneySafe As the Grave
1979Suzanne NewtonReubella and the Old Focus Home
1978Suzanne NewtonWhat Are You Up To, William Thomas?
1977Ruth White MillerThe City Rose
1976Glen RoundsMr. Yowder and the Lion Roar Capsules
1975Alexander KeyThe Magic Meadow
1974Suzanne NewtonC/O Arnold's Corners
1973Barbara M. ParramoreThe People of North Carolina
1972No award
1971Suzanne NewtonPurro and the Prattleberries
1970Mebane Holoman BurgwynThe Crackajack Pony
1969Mary Lina Bledsoe GilletBugles at the Border
1968Neal F. AustinA Biography of Thomas Wolfe
1967Glen RoundsThe Snake Tree
1966Richard Walser and Julia Montgomery StreetNorth Carolina Parade: Stories of History and People
1965Alexander KeyThe Forgotten Door
1964Randall JarrellThe Bat-Poet
1963Julia Montgomery StreetDulcie's Whale
1962Manly Wade WellmanRifles at Ramsour's Mill
1961Glen RoundsBeaver Business
1960Jonathan DanielsStonewall Jackson
1959Thelma Harrington BellCaptain Ghost
1958Ina B. ForbusThe Secret Circle
1957Nell Wise WechterTaffy of Torpedo Junction
1956Julia Montgomery StreetFiddler's Fancy
1955Ruth and Latrobe CarrollDigby, the Only Dog
1954Mebane Holoman BurgwynPenny Rose
1953Ruth and Latrobe CarrollPeanut