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Award-Winning Children's Books
California Young Reader Award
Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
John & Patricia Beatty Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Newbery Award
Pura Belpré Award

The John & Patricia Beatty Award Winners

The California Library Association (CLA)'s John and Patricia Beatty Award honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people.

A committee of CLA members selects the winning title from books published in the United States during the preceding year. Patricia Beatty donated the initial cash endowment for the Award which now honors both her husband, John Beatty, who served as professor of English history and humanities at the University of California at Riverside prior to his death in 1975, and Patricia herself who died in 1991. Together the Beattys wrote eleven books of fiction for young readers; Patricia Beatty wrote numerous other books for young people, of which many have California or western settings.

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Find more children's book awards winners here.


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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting With the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Year of Award: 2015

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The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins

Year of Award: 2014

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The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

Year of Award: 2013

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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin

Year of Award: 2012

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Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Year of Award: 2011

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Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

Year of Award: 2010



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Steinbeck's Ghost by Lewis Buzbee

Year of Award: 2009

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Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California 1850-1852 by Joan W. Blos

Year of Award: 2008

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Julia Morgan Built a Castle by Celeste Davidson Mannis

Year of Award: 2007


Balloon Boy of San Francisco by Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Year of Award: 2006

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Year of Award: 2005


Cecil Poole, a Life in the Law by James Haskins

Year of Award: 2004

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Ansel Adams, America's Photographer by Beverly Gherman

Year of Award: 2003

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Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston

Year of Award: 2002

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Hurry Freedom: African Americans in the Gold Rush by Jerry Stanley

Year of Award: 2001

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The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party by Marian Calabro

Year of Award: 2000



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Bandit's Moon by Sid Fleischman

Year of Award: 1999

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez

Year of Award: 1998

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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman

Year of Award: 1997


Summer on Wheels by Gary Soto

Year of Award: 1996

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Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Year of Award: 1995

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Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep

Year of Award: 1994

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Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley

Year of Award: 1993

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Sierra by Diane Siebert

Year of Award: 1992

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Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto

Year of Award: 1991


Great American Gold Rush by Rhoda Blumberg

Year of Award: 1990



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Chang's Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr

Year of Award: 1989



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