Charlotte Huck Award (Fiction for Children) - NCTE

Honor Books

Recommended Books

Award Details

Nomination Deadline: October 15

The NCTE Charlotte Huck Award® for Outstanding Fiction for Children commemorates the work of educator Charlotte Huck, who led children’s literature studies at The Ohio State University from the mid-1950s to 1986, championing the classroom use of storybooks to teach reading and language arts. She was the author of five editions of the textbook Children’s Literature in the Classroom. Huck died in 2005.

Members of the Charlotte Huck Award Committee select the award recipient and up to five honor books annually. Although only one title is singled out for the award each year, up to five honor books are also recognized. Eight additional recommended books can be named.

Learn more about the Committee and apply to be a member.

Books must have been published and/or distributed in the United States during the calendar year. Nominations of individual books may come from publishers, the NCTE membership, and the educational community at large. The books can be picture books, novels, graphic novels—any type of fiction—and they should have exemplary literary quality of text and illustrations. In addition, the books should connect children to their own humanity and offer them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives and stretch their thinking, feelings, and imagination.

The award shall be given to fiction for children that has the potential to transform children’s lives.

• Fiction that invites compassion, imagination, and wonder.
• Fiction that connects children to their own humanity and offers them a rich experience with the power to influence their lives.
• Fiction that stretches children’s thinking, feelings, and imagination.
• Fiction that exhibits literary quality of text and illustrations.
• Fiction that is published in the United States during the previous calendar year.
• Fiction for whom the primary audience for the book is children, preschool to age 12.

The award is presented annually by the chair of the Charlotte Huck Award Committee at the Children’s Book Awards Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention.

The award-winning author and/or illustrator receives a plaque and is the featured speaker at the luncheon.

The honor book authors and/or illustrators are recognized, receive a certificate, and are invited to present at a session following the luncheon.

Nominations must be submitted to the Award Committee by October 15. We request early submission when possible to give the committee enough time to review all submissions. One copy of each book nominated should be sent to the committee members for examination. Digital copies are welcome and can be emailed directly to the committee members. Advance copies or galley proofs are acceptable and encouraged, especially for books published after October 15. Hard copies are still requested in addition to the digital versions so that the committee can fully evaluate each work.

Contact with the title(s) and author(s) of the books you are nominating. We will give you the award committee contact information to send the books to the members directly. No other forms are required. NCTE members should use the submission form on the Children’s Book Award homepage.

Charlotte Huck Award seals are available to accompany winning books and their future printings. The seals serve to endorse the excellence of the books and distinguish them from among the thousands of books published each year.  Digital seals are complimentary, physical sticker seals can be requested or purchased by contacting NCTE. They are available in gold for winning books, silver for honor books, and bronze for recommended books.

To place an order, please contact Sarah Miller,

Many of the Charlotte Huck Winner, Honor, and Recommended books are available in one place on at NCTE’s shop. (NCTE and independent bookstores receive a commission for purchases made through this link.)