ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award

Other Names: IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award
142 Works 90,084 Books 4,701 Reviews 4.1
The IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards are intended for newly published authors who show unusual promise in the children’s and young adults’ book field. Awards are given for fiction and show more nonfiction in each of three categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Books from all countries and published in English for the first time during the calendar year will be considered.

[Honor Books, at least for recent years, are reported in blog posts (example) and will need to be added at some point.]
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All, Honor (4), Honors, Intermediate—Fiction (2), Honors, Primary—Fiction (3), Honors, Young Adult—Fiction (2), Informational Reader Category (5), Intermediate—Fiction (15), Intermediate—Nonfiction (11), Older Reader Category (15), Primary—Fiction (13), Primary—Nonfiction (13), Winner, Intermediate Fiction (1), Winner, Intermediate—Fiction (1), Winner, Intermediate—Nonfiction (1), Winner, Primary—Fiction (1), Winner, Primary—Nonfiction (1), Winner, Young Adult—Fiction (1), Young Adult Category (1), Young Adult—Fiction (11), Young Adult—Nonfiction (10), Younger Reader Category (15), No Category (16)
All, 2015 (5), 2014 (12), 2013 (6), 2012 (6), 2011 (4), 2010 (5), 2009 (6), 2008 (6), 2007 (6), 2006 (6), 2005 (6), 2004 (6), 2003 (6), 2002 (6), 2001 (4), 2000 (4), 1999 (3), 1998 (3), 1997 (3), 1996 (3), 1995 (3), 1994 (2), 1993 (2), 1992 (2), 1991 (2), 1990 (2), 1989 (2), 1988 (2), 1987 (2), 1986 (1), 1985 (1), 1984 (1), 1983 (1), 1982 (1), 1981 (1), 1980 (1), 1979 (1), 1978 (3), 1977 (3), 1976 (1), 1975 (1)
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology That Changed the World, with 21 Activities by Cheryl Mullenbach
Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt
Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall
Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters
Young Adult—Fiction2015
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Honors, Intermediate—Fiction2014
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Honors, Intermediate—Fiction2014
Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship by Tania Grossinger
Honors, Primary—Fiction2014
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Honors, Primary—Fiction2014
Digby Differs by Miriam Koch
Honors, Primary—Fiction2014
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Honors, Young Adult—Fiction2014
Absent by Katie Williams
Honors, Young Adult—Fiction2014
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Winner, Intermediate—Fiction2014
Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics by Brian McLachlan
Winner, Intermediate—Nonfiction2014
Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty
Winner, Primary—Fiction2014
War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus by Kathryn Selbert
Winner, Primary—Nonfiction2014
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Winner, Young Adult—Fiction2014
Privateer's Apprentice by Susan Verrico
A Young Scientist's Guide to Defying Disasters with Skill and Daring: Includes 20 Experiments for the Sink, Bachtub and Backyard by James Doyle
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
One Frozen Lake by Deborah Jo Larson
Eight Days Gone by Linda Mcreynolds
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson
Young Adult—Nonfiction2013
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Young Adult—Fiction2012
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Young Adult—Nonfiction2012
Split by Swati Avasthi
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Wanted: The Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Winner, Intermediate Fiction2010
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Young Adult—Fiction2010
The Leanin' Dog by K. A. Nuzum
Raucous Royals: Test your Royal Wits: Crack Codes, Solve Mysteries, and Deduce WhichRoyal Rumors are True by Carlyn Beccia
The Wheat Doll by Alison Randall
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne
Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe
Young Adult—Fiction2009
Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution (Melanie Kroupa Books) by Moying Li
Young Adult—Nonfiction2009
The Silver Cup by Constance Leeds
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns
One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge
Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise
Red Glass by Laura Resau
Young Adult—Fiction2008
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
Young Adult—Nonfiction2008
Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough McClafferty
Tickets to Ride by Mark Rogalski
Theodore by Frank Keating
Leonardo's Shadow: Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci's Servant by Christopher Grey
Young Adult—Fiction2007
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle
Young Adult—Nonfiction2007
The Bicycle Man by David L. Dudley
Americans Who Tell the Truth by Robert Shetterly
Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Night Wonders by Jane Ann Peddicord
Black and White by Paul Volponi
Young Adult—Fiction2006
Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits by Wynton Marsalis
Young Adult—Nonfiction2006
The Golden Hour by Maiya Williams
Buildings in Disguise: Architecture That Looks Like Animals, Food, and Other Things by Joan Marie Arbogast
Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel by Leslie Connor
Eliza and the Dragonfly by Susie Caldwell Rinehart
Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
Young Adult—Fiction2005
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
Young Adult—Nonfiction2005
Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell
Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet by Penelope Niven
Mary Smith by Andrea U'Ren
Uncle Andy's by James Warhola
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
Young Adult—Fiction2004
At the End of Words: A Daughter's Memoir by Miriam Stone
Young Adult—Nonfiction2004
Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World’s People by David J. Smith
One Leaf Rides the Wind by Celeste Davidson Mannis
The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe
Young Adult—Fiction2003
Headin' for Better Times: The Arts of the Great Depression (People's History) by Duane Damon
Young Adult—Nonfiction2003
Coolies by Yin
Pearl Harbor Warriors: The Bugler, the Pilot, the Friendship by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson
Silver Seeds by Paul Paolilli
Aero and Officer Mike by Joan Plummer Russell
A Step From Heaven by An Na
Young Adult—Fiction2002
Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island: A Reporter's Story by Wilborn Hampton
Young Adult—Nonfiction2002
Jake's Orphan by Peggy Brooke
Older Reader Category2001
Girls think of everything : stories of ingenious inventions by women by Catherine Thimmesh
Older Reader Category2001
Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams
Younger Reader Category2001
My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal by Sophie Webb
Younger Reader Category2001
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Older Reader Category2000
Eleanor's story : an American girl in Hitler's Germany by Eleanor Ramrath Garner
Older Reader Category2000
The Snake Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Younger Reader Category2000
Molly Bannaky by Chris K. Soentpiet
Younger Reader Category2000
First in the Field: Baseball Hero Jackie Robinson by Derek T. Dingle
Informational Reader Category1999
Choosing Up Sides by John H. Ritter
Older Reader Category1999
My Freedom Trip by Frances Park
Younger Reader Category1999
Just What the Doctor Ordered: The History of American Medicine (People's History Series) by Brandon Marie Miller
Informational Reader Category1998
Moving Mama to Town by Ronder Thomas Young
Older Reader Category1998
Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee
Younger Reader Category1998
The Brooklyn Bridge: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Bridge and the Remarkable Family that Built It by Elizabeth Mann
Informational Reader Category1997
Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Older Reader Category1997
The Fabulous Flying Fandinis by Ingrid Slyder
Younger Reader Category1997
The Case of the Mummified Pigs: And Other Mysteries in Nature by Susan E. Quinlan
Informational Reader Category1996
The King's Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
Older Reader Category1996
More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby
Younger Reader Category1996
Stranded at Plimoth Plantation 1626 by Gary Bowen
Informational Reader Category1995
Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher
Older Reader Category1995
The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle by Gay Matthaei
Younger Reader Category1995
Behind the Secret Window by Nelly S. Toll
Older Reader Category1994
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Younger Reader Category1994
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Older Reader Category1993
Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
Younger Reader Category1993
Ten Little Rabbits by Virginia Grossman
Older Reader Category1992
Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen
Younger Reader Category1992
Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna
Older Reader Category1991
Is This a House for Hermit Crab? by Megan McDonald
Younger Reader Category1991
Children of the River by Linda Crew
Older Reader Category1990
No Star Nights by Anna Smucker
Younger Reader Category1990
Probably Still Nick Swansen by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Older Reader Category1989
Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Younger Reader Category1989
The Third-Story Cat by Leslie Baker
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
Young Adult Category1987
The Line Up Book by Marisabina Russo
Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad
Badger on the Barge and Other Stories by Janni Howker
Ratha's Creature by Clare Bell
The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
Kate and Mona in the jungle by Amy Aitken
My Own Private Sky by Delores Beckman
Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen
Reserved for Mark Anthony Crowder by Alison Smith
Hew Against the Grain by Betty Sue Cummings
The curse of the turtle by Thomas Albert Roy
A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry
A Flute In Mayferry Street by Eileen Dunlop
To Spoil the Sun by Joyce Rockwood
A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Transport 7-41-R by Terry Degens
* Green text is "calculated" text. Calculated text is provided based on global LibraryThing data.


The IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards are intended for newly published authors who show unusual promise in the children’s and young adults’ book field. Awards are given for fiction and nonfiction in each of three categories: primary, intermediate, and young adult. Books from all countries and published in English for the first time during the calendar year will be considered.

[Honor Books, at least for recent years, are reported in blog posts (example) and will need to be added at some point.] (English, Member-written)
see IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award (English, Member-written)


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