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The Christopher Awards

Books for Young People

Presented each February by The Christophers to books "which affirm the highest values of the human spirit." The Christopher Awards began in 1949; the Books for Young People category was added in 1970.


*The Log Cabin Quilt, by Ellen Howard, illustrated by Ronald Himler (Ages 4-6, Holiday House)

*Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, by Alan Schroeder, pictures by Jerry Pinkney (Ages 6-9, Dial)

*Frindle, by Andrew Clements, pictures by Brian Selznick (Ages 10-12, Simon & Schuster)

*Glennis, Before and After, by Patricia Calvert (Ages 12 and up, Atheneum)

*Irrepressible Spirit: Conversations with Human Rights Activitsts, by Susan Kuklin (Putnam)


*The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P.J. Lynch (Ages 6-9, Candlewick Press)

*Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life, by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Charlene Rendeiro (Ages 10-12, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press)

*Mother Jones: One Woman's Fight for Labor, by Betsy Harvey Kraft (Ages 12-14, Clarion Books)

*Parallel Journeys, by Eleanor Ayer, with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck (Young Adult, Atheneum)


*I'll See You When the Moon is Full, by Susi Gregg Fowler, pictures by Jim Fowler (Ages 4-6, Greenwillow)

*Prize in the Snow, by Bill Easterling, illustrations by Mary Beth Owens (Ages 6-8, Little Brown)

*The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle by Jewel H. Grutman and Gay Matthaei, illustrations by Adam Cvijanovic (Ages 8-12. Thomasson-Grant)

*Taking Hold: My Journey Into Blindness, by Sally Hobart Alexander (Ages 12 and up, Macmillan)


*The Crystal Ball, by Gerda Marie Scheidl, illustrated by Nathalie Duroussy, translated by Rosemary Lanning (Ages 5-8, North-South Books)

*It's Our World, Too! Stories of Young People Whe Are Making a Difference, by Phillip Hoose (Ages 10 and up, Joy Street/Little Brown)

*Anne Frank: Beyond the diary, by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven, translated by Tony Langham and Plym Peters (Young Adult, Viking)


*The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, translated by J. Alison James (Ages 5-8, North-South Books)

*Rosie & the Yellow Ribbon, by Paula DePaolo, pictures by Janet Wolf (Ages 6-8, Little Brown)

*Letters from Rifka, by Karen Hesse (Ages 8-12, Henry Holt)

*Mississippi Challenge, by Mildred Pitts Walter (Ages 12 and up, Bradbury)


*Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli, pictures by Paul Yalowitz (Ages 4-6, Bradbury)

*Stephen's Feast, by Jean Richardson, illustrated by Alice Englander (Ages 6-8, Little Brown)

*The Gold Coin, by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Neil Waldman, translated by Bernice Randall (Ages 8-10, Atheneum)

*The Star Fisher, by Laurence Yep (Ages 10 and up, Morrow)

*Where Does God Live? Questions and Answers for Parents and Children, by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman, illustrated by William Zdinak (All ages, Triumph Books)


*Mississippi Bridge, by Mildred D. Taylor, illustrated by Max Ginsburg (Ages 9-12, Dial)

*Paul Revere's Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem as illustrated by Ted Rand (All ages, Dutton)


*Keeping a Christmas Secret, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, illustrated by Lena Shiffman (Ages 4-7, Atheneum)

*William and Grandpa, by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich (Ages 8-11, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard)

*Can the Whales Be Saved?, by Dr. Philip Whitfield (Ages 10-12, Viking Kestrel)

*So Much to Tell You..., by John Marsden (Young Adult, Joy Street/Little Brown)


*The Good-Bye Book, by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Kay Chorao (Ages 5-7, Macmillan)

*Family Farm, by Thomas Locker (Ages 7-10, Dial)

*Lies, Deception and Truth, by Ann E. Weiss (Ages 10-14, Houghton Mifflin)

*Looking the Tiger in the Eye: Confronting the Nuclear Threat, by Carl B. Feldbaum and Ronald J. Bee (Young Adult, Harper & Row)


*Heckedy Peg, by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (Picture book, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

*Humphrey's Bear, by Jan Wahl, illustrated by William Joyce (Ages 6-8, Henry Holt)

*The Gold Cadillac, by Mildred D. Taylor, pictures by Michael Hays (Ages 9-12, Dial)

*Into a Strange Land: Unaccompanied Refugee Youth in America, by Brent Ashabranner and Melissa Ashabranner (Ages 12 and up, Dodd Mead)


*Duncan and Dolores, by Barbara Samuels (Ages 4-6, Bradbury)

*The Purple Coat, by Amy Hest, pictures by Amy Schwartz (Ages 6-8, Four Winds)

*Borrowed Summer, by Marion Walker Doren (Ages 8-12, Harper & Row)

*Class Dismissed II: More High School Poems, by Mel Glenn, photographs by Michael J. Bernstein (Clarion)


*The Patchwork Quilt, by Valerie Flournoy, pictures by Jerry Pinkney (Dial)

*Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)

*Promise Not to Tell, by Carolyn Polese, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett (Human Sciences)

*Underdog, by Marilyn Sachs (Doubleday)

*The Mount Rushmore Story, by Judith St. George (Putnam)


*Picnic, Emily Arnold McCully (Picture book, Harper)

*How My Parents Learned to Eat, by Ina R. Friedman, illustrated by Allen Say (Ages 6-8, Houghton)

*Secrets of a Small Brother, by Richard J. Margolis, illustrated by Donald Carrick (Ages 8-10, Macmillan)

*One-Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox (Ages 10 and up, Bradbury)

*Imagine That!!! Exploring Make Believe, by Joyce Strauss, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett (All ages, Human Science)


*Posy, by Charlotte Pomerantz, pictures by Catherine Stock (Picture book, Greenwillow)

*Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Ages 8-10, Morrow)

*The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare (Ages 10-12, Houghton)

*The Nuclear Arms Race: Can We Survive It?, by Ann E. Weiss (Ages 12 and up, Houghton)


*We Can't Sleep, by James Stevenson (Ages 4-7, Greenwillow)

*Homesick: My Own Story, by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Margot Tomes (Ages 8-12, Putnam)

*A Formal Feeling, by Zibby Oneal (Ages 12 and up, Viking)

*Drawing from Nature, by Jim Arnosky (All ages, Lothrop)


*My Mom Travels a Lot, Caroline Feller Bauer, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker (Picture book, Warne)

*Even if I Did Something Awful, by Barbara Shook Hazen, pictures by Nancy Kincade (Ages 6-9, Atheneum)

*A Gift of Mirrorvax, by Malcolm MacCloud (Ages 10-14, Atheneum)

*The Islanders, by John Rowe Townsend (Young adult, Lippincott)


*People, by Peter Spier (Picture book, Doubleday)

*Son for a Day, by Corrine Gerson, illustrated by Velma Ilsley (Ages 8-12, Atheneum)

*All Times, All Peoples: a World History of Slavery, by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher (Ages 8-12, Harper)

*Encounter at Easton, by Avi (Ages 12 and up, Pantheon)

*The Hardest Lesson: Personal Stories of a School Desegregation Crisis, by Pamela Bullard and Judith Stoia (Ages 12 and up, Little)


*Frederick's Alligator, by Esther Allen Peterson, illustrated by Susanne Natti (Ages 5-8, Crown)

*What Happened in Hamelin, by Gloria Skurzynski (Ages 9-12, Four Winds)

*All Together Now, by Sue Ellen Bridgers (Ages 12 and up, Knopf)

*The New York Kid's Book: 170 Children's Writers and Artists Celebrate New York City, by Catherine Edmonds and others (All ages, Doubleday)


*Panda Cake, by Rosalie Seidler (Picture book, Parents)

*Chester Chipmunk's Thanksgiving, by Barbara Williams, illustrated by Kay Chorao (Ages 7-9, Dutton)

*The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson (Ages 9-12, Crowell)

*Gentlehands, by M.E. Kerr (Young adult, Harper)


*Noah's Ark, by Peter Spier (Picture book, Doubleday)

*The Seeing Stick, by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Remy Charlip and Demetra Maraslis (Ages 6-9, Crowell)

*Come to the Edge, by Julia Cunningham (Ages 12 and up, Pantheon)

*Where's Your Head? Psychology for Teenagers, by Dale Bick Carlson, illustrated by Carol Nicklaus (Ages 12 and up, Atheneum)

*The Wheel of King Asoka, by Ashok Davar (All ages, Follett)


*Willy Bear, by Mildred Kantrowitz, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker (Picture book, Parents)

*Frog and Toad All Year, by Arnold Lobel (Ages 6-8, Harper)

*The Champion of Merrimack Country, by Roger W. Drury, illustrated by Fritz Wegner (Ages 9-12, Little)

*Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear! and other nonsense poems, by N.M. Bodecker (Ages 9 and up, Atheneum/McElderry)

*Dear Bill, Remember Me? and other stories, by Norma Fox Mazer (Ages 12 and up, Delacorte)


*Anno's Alphabet: an Adventure in Imagination, by Mitsumasa Anno (Picture book, Crowell)

*How the Witch Got Alf, by Cora Annett Scott, illustrated by Steven Kellogg (Ages 7-11, Watts)

*Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt (Ages 9-12, Farrar Straus & Giroux)

*Bert Breen's Barn, by Walter D. Edmonds (Ages 12 and up, Little)

*Pyramid, by David Macaulay (Nonfiction, Houghton)


*Dawn, by Uri Shulevitz (Preschool, Farrar Straus & Giroux)

*My Grandson Lew, by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by William Pene duBois (Ages 4-8, Harper)

*First Snow, by Helen Coutant, illustrated by Vo-Dinh (Ages 8-12, Knopf)

*Save the Mustangs! How a Federal Law is Passed, by Ann E. Weiss, illustrated with photographs (Ages 8-12, Messner)

*A Billion for Boris, by Mary Rodgers (Ages 12 and up, Harper)


*It's Raining, Said John Twaining: Danish Nursery Rhymes, by N.M. Bodecker (Preschool, Atheneum/McElderry)

*Gorilla, Gorilla, by Carol Fenner, illustrated by Symeon Shimin (Ages 4-8, Random)

*I'll Protect You from the Jungle Beasts, by Martha Alexander (Ages 4-8, Dial)

*The Wolf, by Michael Fox, illustrated by Charles Frace (Ages 8-12, Coward)

*Guests in the Promised Land: Stories, by Kristin Hunter (Ages 12 and up, Scribner)

*The Right to Know: Censorship in America, by Robert A. Liston (Ages 12 and up, Watts)


*The Adventures of Obadiah, by Brinton Turkle (Ages 4-8, Viking)

*The Book of Giant Stories, by David L. Harrison, illustrated by Philippe Fix (Ages 8-12, American Heritage Press)

*Tracking the Unearthly Creatures of Marsh and Pond, by Howard G. Smith, illustrated by Anne Marie Jauss (Ages 8-12, Abingdon)

*Freaky Friday, by Mary Rodgers (Teenage, Harper)

*Vanishing Wings: a Tale of Three Birds of Prey, by Griffing Bancroft, illustrated by John Hamberger (Teenage, Watts)

*This Star Shall Abide, by Sylvia Louise Engdahl, illustrated by Richard Cuffari (Young Adult, Atheneum)

*Dominic, by William Steig (All Ages, Farrar Straus & Giroux)


*Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (Ages 4-8, Parents)

*On the Day Peter Stuyvestant Sailed into Town, by Arnold Lobel (Ages 4-8, Harper)

*Annie and the Old One, by Miska Miles, illustrated by Peter Parnall (Ages 8-12, Atlantic-Little)

*Pocahontas and the Strangers, by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Peter Burchard (Ages 8-12, Crowell)

*The Headless Cupid, by Zilha Keatley Snyder, illustrated by Alton Raible (Teenage, Atheneum)

*The Rights of the People: the Major Decisions of the Warren Court, by Walter and Elaine Goodman (Teenage, Farrar Straus & Giroux)


*The Erie Canal, by Peter Spier (Ages 4-8, Doubleday)

*A Moment of Silence, by Pierre Janssen, illustrated with photographs by Hans Samson, translated by William Tyler (Ages 8-12, Atheneum)

*The Changeling, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, illustrated by Alton Raible (Ages 8-12, Atheneum)

*The Guardians, by John Christopher (Teenage, Macmillan)

*Sea and Earth: the Life of Rachel Carson, (Teenage, Crowell)

*UNICEF Book of Children's Legends, by William I. Kaufman, illustrated with photographs (All ages, Stackpole)

*UNICEF Book of Children's Poems, by William I. Kaufman, illustrated with photographs (All ages, Stackpole)

*UNICEF Book of Children's Prayers, by William I. Kaufman, illustrated with photographs (All ages, Stackpole)

*UNICEF Book of Children's Songs, by William I. Kaufman, illustrated with photographs (All ages, Stackpole)


*Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, by Leo Lionni (Ages 4-8, Pantheon)

*Tucker's Countryside, by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams (Ages 8-12, Farrar Straus & Giroux)

*Brother Can You Spare a Dime? The Great Depression, 1929-1933, by Milton Meltzer, illustrated with photographs (Teenage, Knopf)

*Escape from Nowhere, by Jeannette Eyerly (Teenage, Lippincott)

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