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Award-Winning Children's Books
California Young Reader Award
Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
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Michael L. Printz Award
Newbery Award
Pura Belpré Award

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The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.

2010s | 2000s | 1990s | 1980s | 1970s

Find more children's book awards winners here.

2010s

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We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Year of Award: 2013

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The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence

Year of Award: 2013

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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Year of Award: 2013

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Matched by Ally Condie

Year of Award: 2013

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Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Brian Dennis

Year of Award: 2013

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I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

Year of Award: 2012

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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth

Year of Award: 2012

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Every Soul a Star  by Wendy Mass

Year of Award: 2012

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Year of Award: 2012

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Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Year of Award: 2012

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Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy

Year of Award: 2011

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Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston

Year of Award: 2011

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Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Year of Award: 2011

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Year of Award: 2011

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John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith

Year of Award: 2011

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Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier

Year of Award: 2010

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No Talking  by Andrew Clements

Year of Award: 2010

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Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Year of Award: 2010

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Year of Award: 2010

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Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby

Year of Award: 2010

 

 

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2000s

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Stanlely's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey

Year of Award: 2009

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Sheep  by Valerie Hobbs

Year of Award: 2009

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Heat by Mike Lupica

Year of Award: 2009

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Sold by Patricia McCormick

Year of Award: 2009

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Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman

Year of Award: 2009

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Dex: The Heart of a Hero by (originally published as Superdog: The Heart of a Hero) Caralyn Buehner

Year of Award: 2008

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Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Year of Award: 2008

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The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

Year of Award: 2008

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Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo

Year of Award: 2008

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Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch

Year of Award: 2008

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My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

Year of Award: 2007

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Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise

Year of Award: 2007

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Year of Award: 2007

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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Year of Award: 2007

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Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse

Year of Award: 2007

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Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

Year of Award: 2006

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The Good Dog by Avi

Year of Award: 2006

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12 Again by Sue Corbett

Year of Award: 2006

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After by Francine Prose

Year of Award: 2006

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Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming and Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Year of Award: 2006

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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

Year of Award: 2005

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Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Year of Award: 2005

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Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Year of Award: 2005

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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Year of Award: 2005

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Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco

Year of Award: 2005

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A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

Year of Award: 2004

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The School Story by Andrew Clements

Year of Award: 2004

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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Year of Award: 2004

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Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka

Year of Award: 2004

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And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon by Janet Stevens

Year of Award: 2004

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I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Year of Award: 2003

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

Year of Award: 2003

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Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Year of Award: 2003

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Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters

Year of Award: 2003

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The Babe and I by David Adler

Year of Award: 2003

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Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

Year of Award: 2002

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Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

Year of Award: 2002

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Year of Award: 2002

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Bad by Jean Ferris

Year of Award: 2002

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Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

Year of Award: 2002

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Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement

Year of Award: 2001

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Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

Year of Award: 2001

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Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Year of Award: 2001

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Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville

Year of Award: 2001

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Lost  by Paul Brett Johnson and Celeste Lewis

Year of Award: 2000

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Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Year of Award: 2000

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Year of Award: 2000

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Breaking Boxes by A.M. Jenkins

Year of Award: 2000

 

 

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1990s

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Livingstone Mouse by Pam Edwards

Year of Award: 1999

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The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman

Year of Award: 1999

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Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Year of Award: 1999

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The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristin Randle

Year of Award: 1999

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Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

Year of Award: 1998

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The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar

Year of Award: 1998

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Year of Award: 1998

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Ironman by Chris Crutcher

Year of Award: 1998

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Don't Fidget a Feather by Erica Silverman

Year of Award: 1997

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Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville

Year of Award: 1997

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Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen

Year of Award: 1997

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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Year of Award: 1997

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Year of Award: 1996

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Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Year of Award: 1996

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Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Year of Award: 1996

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Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland

Year of Award: 1996

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Martha Speaks  by Susan Meddaugh

Year of Award: 1995

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Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad

Year of Award: 1995

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Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen

Year of Award: 1995

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Downriver by Will Hobbs

Year of Award: 1995

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High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun

Year of Award: 1994

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Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts

Year of Award: 1994

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There's a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli

Year of Award: 1994

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We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

Year of Award: 1994

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Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes

Year of Award: 1993

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Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume

Year of Award: 1993

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Something Upstairs by Avi

Year of Award: 1993

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The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Year of Award: 1993

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Never Spit on Your Shoes by Denys Cazet

Year of Award: 1992

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All About Sam by Lois Lowry

Year of Award: 1992

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Sniper by Theodore Taylor

Year of Award: 1992

 

 A Sudden Silence by Eve Bunting

Year of Award: 1992

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Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Year of Award: 1991

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Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith

Year of Award: 1991

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December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn

Year of Award: 1991

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Night Kites by M.E. Kerr

Year of Award: 1991

 

Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf

Year of Award: 1990

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The War with Grandpa by Robert K. Smith

Year of Award: 1990

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The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon

Year of Award: 1990

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Izzy, Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt

Year of Award: 1990

 

 

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1980s

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What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick

Year of Award: 1989

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The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

Year of Award: 1989

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The Stalker by Joan Lowery Nixon

Year of Award: 1989

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The Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting

Year of Award: 1989

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie  by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Year of Award: 1988

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Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days by Stephen Manes

Year of Award: 1988

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The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn

Year of Award: 1988

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Interstellar Pig by William Sleator

Year of Award: 1988

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The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Year of Award: 1987

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The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright

Year of Award: 1987

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You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye by Patricia Hermes

Year of Award: 1987

 

Pursuit by Michael French

Year of Award: 1987

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Space Case by Edward Marshall

Year of Award: 1986

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Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements

Year of Award: 1986

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Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

Year of Award: 1986

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The Darkangel by Meredith Pierce

Year of Award: 1986

 

 Herbie's Troubles by Carol Chapman

Year of Award: 1985

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The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Year of Award: 1985

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Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer

Year of Award: 1985

 

 The Truth Trap by Frances Miller

Year of Award: 1985

 

Bagdad At It by Phyllis Green

Year of Award: 1984

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The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor

Year of Award: 1984

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There's a Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger

Year of Award: 1984

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Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan

Year of Award: 1984

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Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer

Year of Award: 1983

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Superfudge by Judy Blume

Year of Award: 1983

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Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

Year of Award: 1983

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Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan

Year of Award: 1983

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Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Year of Award: 1982

 

 Hail, Hail, Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford

Year of Award: 1982

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Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

Year of Award: 1981

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A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry

Year of Award: 1981

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Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet

Year of Award: 1980

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The Pinballs by Betsy Byars

Year of Award: 1980

 

 

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1970s

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Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Year of Award: 1979

 

The Late Great Me by Sandra Scoppettone

Year of Award: 1979

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Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate

Year of Award: 1978

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

Year of Award: 1977

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Year of Award: 1977

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How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet

Year of Award: 1976

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How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Year of Award: 1975

 

 

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