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2017 The Girl who Drank the Moon. By Kelly Barnhill.
2016 Last Stop on Market Street. By Matt de la Peña.
2015 The Crossover. By Kwame Alexander.
2014 Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. By Kate DiCamillo.
2013 The One and Only Ivan. By Katherine Applegate.
2012 Dead End in Norvelt. By Jack Gantos.
2011 Moon over Manifest. By Clare Vanderpool.
2010 When You Reach Me. By Rebecca Stead.
2009 The Graveyard Book. By Neil Gaiman.
2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village. By Laura Amy Schlitz.
2007 The Higher Power of Lucky. By Susan Patron.
2006 Criss Cross. By Lynne Rae Perkins.
2005 Kira-Kira. By Cynthia Kadohata.
2004

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread.

By Kate DiCamillo.

2003 Crispin: The Cross of Lead. By Avi.
2002 A Single Shard. By Linda Sue Park.
2001 A Year Down Yonder. By Richard Peck.
2000 Bud, Not Buddy. By Christopher Paul Curtis.
1999 Holes. By Louis Sachar.
1998 Out of the Dust. By Karen Hesse.
1997 The View from Saturday. By E.L. Konigsburg.
1996 The Midwife's Apprentice. By Karen Cushman.
1995 Walk Two Moons. By Sharon Creech.
1994 The Giver. By Lois Lowry.
1993 Missing May. By Cynthia Rylant.
1992 Shiloh. By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
1991 Maniac Magee. By Jerry Spinelli.
1990 Number the Stars. By Lois Lowry.
1989 Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. By Paul Fleischman.
1988 Lincoln: A Photobiography. By Russell Freedman.
1987 The Whipping Boy. By Sid Fleischman.
1986 Sarah, Plain and Tall. By Patricia MacLachlan.
1985 The Hero and the Crown. By Robin McKinley.
1984 Dear Mr. Henshaw. By Beverly Cleary.
1983 Dicey's Song. By Cynthia Voigt.
1982 A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers. By Nancy Willard.
1981 Jacob Have I Loved. By Katherine Paterson.
1980 A Gathering of Days. By Joan W. Blos.
1979 The Westing Game. By Ellen Raskin.
1978 Bridge to Terabithia. By Katherine Paterson.
1977 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. By Mildred D. Taylor.
1976 The Grey King. By Susan Cooper.
1975 M.C. Higgins, the Great. By Virginia Hamilton.
1974 The Slave Dancer. By Paula Fox.
1973 Julie of the Wolves. By Jean Craighead George.
1972 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. By Robert C. O'Brien.
1971 Summer of the Swans. By Betsy Byars.
1970 Sounder. By William Armstrong.
1969 The High King. By Lloyd Alexander.
1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. By E.L. Konigsburg.
1967 Up a Road Slowly. By Irene Hunt.
1966 I, Juan de Pareja. By Elizabeth Borton de Trevino.
1965 Shadow of a Bull. By Maia Wojciechowska.
1964 It's Like This, Cat. By Emily Neville.
1963 A Wrinkle in Time. By Madeleine L'Engle.
1962 The Bronze Bow. By Elizabeth George Speare.
1961 Island of the Blue Dolphins. By Scott O'Dell.
1960 Onion John. By Joseph Krumgold.
1959 The Witch of Blackbird Pond. By Elizabeth George Speare.
1958 Rifles for Watie. By Harold Keith.
1957 Miracles on Maple Hill. By Virginia Sorensen.
1956 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. By Jean Lee Latham.
1955 The Wheel on the School. By Meindert De Jong.
1954 ...And Now Miguel. By Joseph Krumgold.
1953 Secret of the Andes. By Ann Nolan Clark.
1952 Ginger Pye. By Eleanor Estes.
1951 Amos Fortune, Free Man. By Elizabeth Yates.
1950 The Door in the Wall. By Marguerite De Angeli.
1949 King of the Wind. By Marguerite Henry.
1948 The Twenty-One Balloons. By William Pène Du Bois.
1947 Miss Hickory. By Carolyn Sherwin Bailey.
1946 Strawberry Girl. By Lois Lenski.
1945 Rabbit Hill. By Robert Lawson.
1944 Johnny Tremain. By Esther Forbes.
1943 Adam of the Road. By Elizabeth Janey Gray.
1942 The Matchlock Gun. By Walter D. Edmonds.
1941 Call It Courage. By Armstrong Sperry.
1940 Daniel Boone. By James Henry Daugherty.
1939 Thimble Summer. By Elizabeth Enright.
1938 The White Stag. By Kate Seredy.
1937 Roller Skates. By Ruth Sawyer.
1936 Caddie Woodlawn. By Carol Ryrie Brink.
1935 Dobry. By Monica Shannon.
1934 Invincible Louisa. By Cornelia Meigs.
1933 Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. By Elizabeth Foreman Lewis.
1932 Waterless Mountain. By Laura Adams Armer.
1931 The Cat Who Went to Heaven. By Elizabeth Coatsworth.
1930 Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. By Rachel Field.
1929 The Trumpeter of Krakow. By Eric P. Kelly.
1928 Gay Neck: The Story of a Pigeon. By Dhan Gopal Mukerji.
1927 Smoky, the Cow Horse. By Will James.
1926 Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children. By Arthur Bowie Chrisman.
1925 Tales from Silver Lands. By Charles J. Finger.
1924 The Dark Frigate. By Charles Boardman Hawes.
1923 The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle. By Hugh Lofting.
1922 The Story of Mankind. By Hendrik Van Loon