Honor Books

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Award Details

Nomination Deadline:  October 15

The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award® for Outstanding Fiction for Children commemorates the work of educator Charlotte Huck, who led children’s-literature studies at Ohio State University from the mid-1950s to 1986, championing the classroom use of storybooks to teach reading and language arts. She was the author of five editions of the textbook Children’s Literature in the Classroom. Huck died in 2005.

Members of the Charlotte Huck Award Committee select the award recipient and up to five honor books annually. Although only one title is singled out for the award each year, up to five honor books are also recognized. Eight additional recommended books can be named.

Learn more about the Committee and apply to be a member.

Books must have been published and/or distributed in the United States during the calendar year. Nominations of individual books may come from publishers, NCTE membership, and from the educational community at large. The books can be picture books, novels, graphic novels—any type of fiction—and they should have exemplary literary quality of text and illustrations. In addition, the books should connect children to their own humanity and offer them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives and stretch their thinking, feelings, and imagination.

The award shall be given to Fiction for children that has the potential to transform children’s lives.

• Fiction that invites compassion, imagination, and wonder.
• Fiction that connects children to their own humanity and offers them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives.
• Fiction that stretches children’s thinking, feelings, and imagination.
• Fiction that exhibits literary quality of text and illustrations.
• Fiction that is published in the United States during the previous calendar year.
• Fiction for whom the primary audience for the book is children, preschool to age 12.

The award is presented annually by the chair of the Charlotte Huck Award Committee at the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.

The award-winning author and/or illustrator receive a plaque and are the featured speaker(s) at the luncheon.

The honor book author(s) and/or illustrator(s) are recognized, receive a certificate, and are invited to present at a session following the luncheon.

Nominations must be submitted to the Award Committee by October 15. One copy of each book nominated should be sent to the committee members for examination. Advanced copies or galley proofs are acceptable and encouraged, especially for books published after October 15.

Contact bookawards@ncte.org for award committee member information to nominate a book.

Charlotte Huck Award seals are available to accompany winning books and their future printings. The seals serve to endorse the excellence of the books and distinguish them from among the thousands of books published each year. Seals are $.25 each and available in gold for winning books, silver for honor books, and bronze for recommended books.

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2018 NCTE Charlotte Huck Awards


2018 Winner

After the Fall by Dan Santat
(Roaring Brook Press)



Honor Books:

  • Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (HarperCollins)

  • Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)

  • Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade Books)

  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Lea Helget (Little, Brown and Company)

  • The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy & Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Scholastic Press)

Recommended Books:

  • All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books)

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Salaam Reads)

  • Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook Press)

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D Barnes & Illustrated by Gordon C. James (Agate Bolden)

  • Saving Marty by Paul Griffin (Puffin Books)

  • Shelter by Celine Clair & illustrated by Quin Leng (Kids Can Press)

  • Stef Soto, The Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown and Company)

  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate & illustrated by Charles Santoso (Feiwel & Friends)