Awards

2020

Winner: 
Kwame Alexander. The Undefeated. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Versify, 2019.

Honorable mentions: 
Nikki Grimes. Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir. WordSong, 2019.
Aida Salazar. The Moon Within. Scholastic, 2019.
Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond, editors. Ink Knows No Borders:
Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. 
Seven Stories P, 2019.

2019

Winner: 
Elizabeth Acevedo. The Poet X. Harper Teen, 2018.

Honorable mentions: 
Joy McCullough. Blood Water Paint. Penguin Books, 2018.
Tony Medina. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper et al. Penny Candy Books, 2018.
Naomi Shihab Nye. Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners. Illustrated by Dawn Henning. Greenwillow Books, 2018.

2018

Winner: 
Nikki Grimes. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Artwork by Cozbi A. Cabrera, et al. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Honorable mentions: 
Francisco X Alarcón. Family Poems for Every Day of the Week / Poemas familares para cada día de la semana. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzales. New York: Children’s Book Press (a division of Lee &
Low), 2017.
Jo Ellen Bogart. Count Your Chickens. Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith. Toronto: Tundra Books (Penguin Random House of Canada), 2017.
JonArno Lawson. But It’s So Silly: A Cross-Cultural Collage of Nonsense Play and Poetry. Hamilton, Ontario: Wolsak and Wynn, 2017.

2017

Winner: 
Nikki Grimes. Garvey’s Choice. Honesdale, Pennsylvania: WordSong, 2016.

Honorable mentions:  
Kwame Alexander. Booked. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Jorge Argueta. Somos como las nubes We Are Like the Clouds. Pictures by Alfonso Ruano. Translated by Elisa Amado. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2016.
JonArno Lawson. The Hobo’s Crowbar. Woodcuts by Alex Dempster. The Porcupine’s Quill, 2016.

2016

Winners: 
Calef Brown. Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about just about Everything. Henry Holt and Co., 2015.
Marilyn Nelson. My Seneca Village. namelos, 2015.

2015

Winner: None.

Honorable mentions: 
Marilyn Nelson. How I Discovered Poetry. Illus. Hadley Hooper. New York: Penguin, 2014.
Lemony Snicket. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy. Illus. Lisa Brown. McSweeney’s McMullins, 2014.

2014

Winners:  
Dana Teen Lomax, ed. Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children. Illus. Cliff Hengst. Lafayette: Black Radish, 2013.
JonArno Lawson. Enjoy It While It Hurts. Illus. JonArno Lawson. Hamilton, Ontario: Wolsak, 2013.

Honorable mentions: 
Robert Priest. Rosa Rose and Other Poems. Illus. Joan Krygsman. Hamilton, Ontario: Wolsak, 2013.
Maurice Sendak. My Brother’s Book. Illus. Maurice Sendak. New York: HarperCollins, 2013.

2013

Winner: 
JonArno Lawson. Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box. Illus. Alec Dempster. Ontario: The Porcupine’s Quill, 2012.

2012

Adoff wins The Lion and The Unicorn Poetry Award

Arnold Adoff has been named the winner of The Lion and The Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry for his collection Roots and Blues: A Celebration. The journal, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, has sponsored the award since 2005. 

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2011

Winner: Susan Blackaby
Honorable Mentions: Nan Forler, Paul B. Janeczko

2010

Winner: None

2009

Winner: JonArno Lawson
Honorable Mentions: Helen Frost, William New

2008

Winner: Linda Sue Park
Honorable Mentions: Jay M. Harris, Carole Boston Weatherford

2007

Winner: JonArno Lawson
Honorable Mentions: Helen Frost, Walter Dean Myers, Walter Dean Myers

2006

Winner: Wynton Marsallis
Honorable Mentions: Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shahib Nye, Shel Silverstein

2005

Winner: Marilyn Nelson
Honorable Mentions: Helen Frost, JonArno Lawson, Walter Dean Myers, Allan Wolf