2010-2011 SC Children's Book Award Nominees

42 Miles

JoEllen's parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided.

100 days and 99 Nights

Esme wants to be good while her dad is away on a 100 day, 99 night military tour of duty. In fact, she feels like it's her duty to be good. But being good can be hard, especially if you have a little brother like Ike.

All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story

Travis and his sister, Corey, can't resist a good trick--so when they learn that their grandmother's sleepy Vermont inn has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little "haunting" of their own.

Breakfast in the Rainforest: A Visit with Mountain Gorillas

Powerful but shy, the African mountain gorilla struggles for survival in the rainforests of Uganda's national parks. Follow wildlife photographer Richard Sobol on an arduous journey to these hidden habitats and take a hushed, close-up look at the gentle giants as they nibble on leaves for their morning meal.

Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak

It’s December 16, 1773, and Boston is about to explode! King George has decided to tax the colonists’ tea. The Patriots have had enough. Ethan, the printer’s errand boy, is running through town to deliver a message about an important meeting. As he stops along his route, readers learn about the occupations of colonial workers and their differing opinions about living under Britain’s rule.

A Dog on His Own

Other dogs are K-9s. But K-10 is a cut above other dogs—and he has the name to prove it. K-10 spends his days running away from owners and doing time in dog shelters. He doesn't need friends. But after K-10 escapes from a shelter with some other dogs, he discovers that it's not so bad to be part of a pack.

Every Soul A Star

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. Three lives are about to be changed forever.

Farmer George Plants a Nation

George Washington as he’s rarely seen. Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation.


Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."

George Washington Carver

Shampoo from peanuts? Wallpaper from clay? Ink from sweet potatoes? Discover Carver’s imagination and inspiration in this one-of-a-kind biography.

The Gollywhopper Games

Gil Goodson's future happiness depends on winning the Golly Toy & Game Company's ultimate competition. Inside the toy company's fantastic headquarters, Gil will have to master trivia, solve puzzles, and complete physical stunts—and he'll have to do it better than all of the other kids competing.

I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer

Matthew Henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. His dreams had sails. They took him from the port of Baltimore, around the world, and north to the pole. No amount of fear, cold, hunger, or injustice could keep him from tasting adventure and exploring the world.

Lady Liberty

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulaye’s dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world."

The Leanin’ Dog

More than anything, Dessa Dean needed a friend. A friend to love and confide in, a friend with whom she could share her heart. A friend who would delight in all the beauty and joy and fun of Christmas, only four days away.

Lost and Found

After moving to a new town, twins Ray and Jay Grayson learn that a clerical mistake at their new school finds only one attending, which puts these clever boys into a most fun--and dangerous--situation.

Skylar: A Story

When the wild geese migrate over the little pond with its pink flamingos and clipped grass, Skylar and the others watch with envy. They like their pond, but there is something elegant and brave about being a real wild goose. But they’ve never flown before, and besides, there’s never been a reason to go.

The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish

Amanda MacLeish might be the only student in Mr. Abrams’s fifth-grade class who doesn’t mind doing her homework. Now that her father has left home and moved into a motel, the only thing that brings Amanda any joy is writing her fictional diary entries about a young girl named Polly who lives amid the chaos of the Civil War.

When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park's majestic geologic wonders and remarkable wildlife draw millions of visitors each year. But there was a time when these natural treasures were in great danger, all because after years of unrestricted hunting, one key piece of the puzzle had been eliminated—the wolf.

Wild Tracks! A Guide to Nature’s Footprints

Describes and shows footprints made by different animals, including deer, bears, and birds, and discusses why tracks made by the same animal can appear different depending on the conditions in which they were made.

Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills

Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Mabel Stark wrestled with tigers. Sonora Webster Carver plummeted forty feet on horseback into a tank of water. These and the eleven other women profiled in this book performed between 1880 and 1929.