Josette Frank Award

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The Josette Frank Award is an American annual children's literary award for fiction that "honors a book or books of outstanding literary merit in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally".[1]

Known as the Children's Book Award from 1943 to 1997, it was renamed in honor of Josette Frank, the editor of many anthologies for children and a former Executive Director of the Child Study Association of America.[1][2] The award is given annually by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education. The prize to the author of the book has been provided by the Florence L. Miller Memorial Fund.


Two winners have been named in several years, none in 1951.[1]

2018: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

2017: The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin van Draanen

2016: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2015: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (older readers)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (younger readers)

2014: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

2013: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

2012: Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

2011: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

2010: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

2009: After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

2008: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

2007: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

The Manny Files by Christian Burch

2006: Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

2004: Ida B and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

2003: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

2002: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

Jericho Walls by Kristi Collier

2001: Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams

2000: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

1999: Figuring Out Frances by Gina Willner-Pardo

1998: My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt

1997: No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa by Beverley Naidoo

1996: The Cuckoo's Child by Suzanne Freeman

1995: Music from a Place Called Half Moon by Jerrie Oughton

1994: Earthshine by Theresa Nelson

1993: Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

1992: Blue Skin of the Sea by Graham Salisbury

1991: Shadow Boy by Susan E. Kirby

1990: Secret City, USA by Felice Holman

1989: Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

1988: The Most Beautiful Place in the World by Ann Cameron

December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn

1987: Rabble Starkey by Lois Lowry

1986: Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo

1985: With Westie and the Tin Man by C.S. Adler

1984: One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

1983: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Solomon System by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

1982: Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz

1981: A Spirit to Ride the Whirlwind by Athena Lord

1980: A Boat to Nowhere by Maureen Wartski

1979: The Whipman is Watching by T.A. Dyer

1978: The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel

1977: The Pinballs by Betsy Byars

1976: Somebody Else's Child by Roberta Silman

1975: The Garden is Doing Fine by Carol Farley

1974: Luke Was There by Eleanor Clymer

1973: A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith

1972: A Sound of Chariots by Mollie Hunter

1971: John Henry McCoy by Lillie D. Chafin

1970: Rock Star by James Lincoln Collier

Migrant Girl by Carli Laklan

1969: The Empty Moat by Margaretha Shemin

1968: What It's All About by Vadim Frolov

1967: The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

1966: Queenie Peavy by Robert Burch

1965: The Empty Schoolhouse by Natalie Savage Carlson

1964: The High Pasture by Ruth Harnden

1963: The Peaceable Revolution by Betty Schechter

The Rock and the Willow by Mildred Lee

1962: The Trouble With Terry by John Lexau

1961: The Road to Agra by Aimee Sommerfelt

The Girl From Puerto Rico by Hila Colman

1960: Janine by Robin McKown

1959: Jennifer by Zoa Sherburne

1958: South Town by Lorenz Graham

1957: Shadow Across the Campus by Helen R. Sattley

1956: The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong

1955: Plain Girl by Virginia Sorenson

Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

1954: The Ordeal of the Young Hunter by Jonreed Lauritzen

High Road Home by William Corbin

1953: In a Mirror by Mary Stolz

1952: Jareb by Miriam Powell

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop

1951: No Award

1950: Partners: The United Nations and Youth by Eleanor Roosevelt & Helen Ferris

1949: Paul Tiber: Forester by Maria Gleit

1948: The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck

1947: Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski

1946: Heart of Danger by Howard Pease

1945: The Moved-Outers by Florence Cranell Means

1944: The House by Marjorie Hill Allee

1943: Keystone Kids by John R. Tunis


  1. ^ a b c "Awards". The Children's Book Committee. Bank Street College of Education ( Retrieved 2015-10-29. With linked lists of past winners by decade.
  2. ^ "Josette Frank Award". University of Nebraska at Kearney. Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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