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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


JonArno Lawson. Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box. Illus. Alec Dempster. Ontario: The Porcupine’s Quill, 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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Winner: Susan Blackaby
Honorable Mentions: Nan Forler, Paul B. Janeczko


Winner: None


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


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


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


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


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