Judy Lopez Award Winners

This Year's Winners

2014 The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

I'm Laurel Kathleen Johnston, Kathi's soon to be daughter-in-law... more

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

I wish I were... more

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Sometimes my husband and I like to play the "Would You Rather" game... more

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

I believe most writers have a home... more

Past Winners

  • 2010 - Present
  • 2000 - 2009
  • 1990 - 1999
  • 1986 - 1989
2013 Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice Kathryn Fitzmaurice

In the state of California, there is... more

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus Margi Preus

I’d like to start by telling you... more

2012 Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby Matthew J. Kirby
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

I am thrilled to... more

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney Andrea Davis Pinkney

When I learned that my novel Bird in a Box had been... more

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin Eugene Yelchin

Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a book about ... more

2011 Grounded by Kate Klise Kate Klise

Thank you for this lovely honor... more

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Rita Williams-Garcia
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby Matthew J. Kirby

People often ask me why I write for children... more

The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I am so sad not to be... more

2010 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

In the middle of drafting... more

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

I was so honored to learn that... more

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry Rosanne Parry

Heart of a Shepherd is the book it is in many ways because... more

2009 We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson Kadir Nelson
Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
2008 The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt Gary D. Schmidt
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
Elephant Run by Roland Smith
2007 The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: a Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes Nikki Grimes
Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence
2006 Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Wales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
Tequila Worm by Viola Canales Viola Canales
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
2005 The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman Neal Shusterman
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
2004 The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith Hope Anita Smith
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
The Wolving Time by Patrick Jennings
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
2003 The Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods
The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Sparks Fly Upward by Carol Matas
2002 Shipwrecked! The True Story of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston
2001 Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Shakespeare’s Scribe by Gary Blackwood
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
2000 The Gate in the Wall by Ellen Howard
Francie by Karen English
Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
1999 No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War by Anita Lobel
Beyond the Mango Tree by Amy Bronwen Zemser
The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
1998 Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
Treasures in the Dust by Tracey Porter
Circle of Magic: Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce
Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian
1997 The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker by Cynthia DeFelice
Frindle by Andrew Clements
When I Was Your Age by Amy Ehrlich, ed.
Clara and the Hoodoo Man by Elizabeth Partridge
1996 Spying on Miss Muller by Eve Bunting
The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
Been to Yesterday by Lee Bennett Hopkins
The Big Bazoohley by Peter Carey
1995 My Brother, My Sister, and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins Yoko Kawashima Watkins
Memoirs of a Bookbat by Kathryn Lasky
Seven Spiders Spinning by Gregory Maguire
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright by Ron Koertge
1994 The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Scooter by Vera B. Williams
Timothy of the Cay by Theodore Taylor
1993 Blue Skin of the Sea by Graham Salisbury
Words of Stone by Kevin Henkes
Good-bye, Billy Radish by Gloria Skurzynski
Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis
1992 Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander
Tails of the Bronx by Jill Pinkwater
Journey by Patricia MacLachlan
1991 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Baseball in April by Gary Soto
Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice
Cousins by Virginia Hamilton
1990 The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
My Daniel by Pam Conrad
Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet
Lucie Babbidge’s House by Sylvia Cassedy Sylvia Cassedy
1989 The Trouble with Gramary by Betty Levin
The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt by Patricia MacLachlan
Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
1988 M.E. and Morton by Sylvia Cassedy Sylvia Cassedy
The Goats by Brock Cole
Rabble Starkey by Lois Lowry
1987 Come a Stranger by Cynthia Voigt
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins Yoko Kawashima Watkins
1986 Prairie Songs by Pam Conrad
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
South African Quirt by Walter Edmonds
A Blue-Eyed Daisy by Cynthia Rylant