Crown Nominated Books


By Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Charles Santoso

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition

ISBN# 978-1250043221 (HB)

Zack and the Turkey Attack

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Illustrated by Vivienne

Zack has a problem. A turkey problem. A TOM turkey to be exact. Every weekend Zack goes to his grandparents’ farm with his father. As soon as he and his dad pull up in the truck, that ol’ Tom turkey’s right there, waiting, ready to peck, peck, peck at Zack’s legs. Now, Zack isn’t usually a scaredy-cat but this is different. The bird is flat out mean, and has clearly got it out for Zack.


2019-2020 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

ISBN# 978-1481437790 (HB)

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion

By Chris Barton, Illustrated by Victo Ngai

During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships? Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship’s speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 6.1

Published by Millbrook Press

ISBN# 978-1512410143 (HB)

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say

By Nancy Cavanaugh

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this’ll be the best summer ever. She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents’ house with her new dog, Huck, and she’s written a letter to President Roosevelt that she’s confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House. But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his ‘Hallelujahs,’ Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

ISBN# 978-1492640226 (HB)


By Sharon Creech

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents ‘volunteer’ Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.4

Published by HarperCollins

ISBN# 978-0062415240 (HB)

Nick Newton is Not a Genius

By S.E.M. Ishida

Nick Newton is not a Genius. He’s just a merely average boy from the country of Thauma. He may not be brilliant like his mom and dad or a child prodigy like his sister, but he won’t let that stop him from uncovering the mysteries of a clockwork factory or revealing a war hero’s greatest secret. With help from two new friends and his butler named Jude, Nick embarks on an adventure that will change his life forever.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by JourneyForth

ISBN# 978-1628562354 (PB)

Save Me a Seat

By Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common—but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.8

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-0545846608 (HB)

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By Julie Fogliano, Illustrated by Julie Morstad

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano’s skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad’s charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.


2018-2019 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.9

Published by Roaring Brook Press

ISBN# 978-1596438521 (HB)