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Picture Book Award

The purposes of the South Carolina book awards are to encourage our students to read good quality contemporary literature and to honor the authors of the books annually chosen the favorites by student vote. The book award medals will be awarded to the winning authors the following year at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians annual conference.

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      School’s First Day of School

      by Adam Rex

      Nov 2016


      2018–2019 Nominee
      It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. Full-color illustrations.

      Thunder Boy Jr.

      by Sherman Alexie

      Aug 2016


      2018–2019 Nominee
      Thunder Boy Jr. is tired of sharing a name with his dad. He wants his own name, “a name that sounds like me . . . that celebrates something cool that I’ve done.” But how will he choose? Full-color illustrations digitally created using colors and textures from “the remains of an antique house in Xalapa, Mexico.”

      Horrible Bear!

      by Ame Dyckman

      Jul 2016

      Kindergarten Plus

      2018–2019 Nominee
      “Horrible Bear!” shouts the girl after he accidentally breaks her kite. The more Bear thinks about it, the angrier he feels—until he gets an idea that really is quite horrible. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.
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