SC Childrens book Award Nominees

Find your school's recommended books from our alphabetized lists.

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Amina’s Voice

Hena Khan

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.

Hardcover | CD Audiobook |


Sean Rubin

Sybil knows there's something off about her next-door neighbor, but no one else can see that Bolivar is a dinosaur. 


Chester and Gus

Cammie McGovern

Chester, a failed service dog, is determined to figure out how to help his autistic ten-year-old companion, Gus.  Because after all, Gus is now his person.

Hardcover |  

Confessions from the Principal’s Kid

Robin Mellom

Allie West finds it challenging to make new friends and stay true to old ones as she navigates fifth grade at a school run by her mother.

Hardcover | eBook (Hoopla) |

The Exact Location of Home

Kate Messner

Believing his long-absent father is missing and leaving clues behind through geocaching, Zig, thirteen, relies on his love of electronics, a garage sale GPS unit, and his best friend, Gianna, to search for answers.

Hardcover |

Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

Mary E. Lambert

Annabelle's mother is a hoarder, and when a pile of newspapers (organized by weather reports) falls on Annabelle's younger sister, Leslie, their fix-it-all grandmother arrives. Annabelle realizes she cannot isolate herself and keep her family's problems secret.


Grand Canyon

Jason Chin

Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

Hardcover | Read Along (Hoopla) | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) | Video (Hoopla)


John David Anderson

Ophelia, a wish-granting fairy, gets her very first wish-granting assignment.

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) |

Joplin, Wishing

Diane Stanley

When Joplin finds an antique platter with a beautiful Dutch scene, she idly wishes for the girl painted on the platter to be her friend and the next day Joplin finds the girl in the garden, longing to go back to her seventeenth-century home.


Let’s Pretend We Never Met

Melissa Walker

Mattie Markham worries about being the "new girl" until she meets Agnes. Agnes is curious, hilarious, smart, and makes up the best games. At school Agnes is known as the weird girl. All Mattie wants is to fit in and maybe be popular, but is that worth ending her friendship with Agnes?

Hardcover |

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

Features female figures of black history, including abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Hardcover | CD Audiobook |

Mango Delight

Fracaswell Hyman

When Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn's new cell phone, her life falls apart. Soon Mango finds herself forced to make tough choices about the kind of friend she wants to have . . . and, just as important, the kind of friend she wants to be.

Hardcover |  

Real Friends

Shannon Hale

When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

Hardcover | eBook (cloudLibrary) |

Sergeant Reckless: the True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

Patricia McCormick

When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known.

Hardcover |

Spirit Hunters

Ellen Oh

Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that it is haunted. Then, her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. Will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

Hardcover |

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Jennifer Torres

Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.


Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge

Susan Vaught

Twelve-year-old Max is determined to investigate the connection between a hacker's online attacks of her grandfather and other town officials and suspicious activity at the supposedly haunted Thornwood Manor with her souped-up wheelchair.

Hardcover |

The Van Gogh Deception

Deron Hicks

When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, he must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted.



Katherine Applegate

Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. This "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. 

Hardcover | Large Print | CD Audiobook |

You Go First

Erin Entrada Kelly

Charlotte, twelve, and Ben, eleven, are highly-skilled competitors at online Scrabble and that connection helps both as they face family issues and the turmoil of middle school.

Hardcover | CD Audiobook | Downloadable Audiobook  (Hoopla)|

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