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christopher award

Created by Truc Nguyen 2010

Christopher Award

Click on the pictures for more information!

Click on this picture on all pages to get back to the Navigation page!

Quick Facts

Latest Winners

Previous Winners

Featured Book

Motion Pictures

Nominate a Book


quick facts
Quick Facts
  • What is the Christopher Award? It is an award presented to books that have affirmed the highest value in human spirit.
  • What does “highest value in human spirit” mean? It means that the book has a message that inspires people in positive ways, such as showing courage, passing on tradition, or reconnecting with family values.
  • Is it only for children’s books? No, there are various categories based on age, such as preschool, ages 6-8, ages 8-10, ages 10-12, and young adult. Also, films and television shows can also win the award.
  • Who created the Christopher Award? It was created by Father James Keller, who founded The Christophers organization in 1945.
  • How are winners selected? People can nominate books and winners are selected by a panel of judges.
  • Where can I nominate a book? You can go online to and submit the book.

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For a Spanish version of the website, click en español


latest winners
Latest Winners

The 60th Annual Christopher Award Winners

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  • PreschoolClose to You: How Animals Bond, by KimikoKajikawa(Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Henry Holt and Company, LLC)
  • Ages 6-8That Book Woman, by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small  (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
  • Ages 8-10Clementine’s Letter, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee(Disney-Hyperion/Disney Book Group)
  • Ages 10-12Shooting the Moon, by Frances O’Roark Dowell(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
  • Young AdultSunrise Over Fallujah, by Walter Dean Myers(Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.)
previous winners
Previous Winners

Here are some of the previous winners of the Christopher Award!

2008 - Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship, by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff & Dr. Paula Kahumbu; Photographs by Peter Greste (Scholastic Press/Scholastic, Inc.)

2007 - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by BagramIbatoulline (Candlewick Press)

2006 - Game Day, by Tiki Barber and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Barry Root (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

2005 - Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van Draanen, illustrated by Brian Biggs (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books)

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listen to a story online
Listen to a Story Online!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

By Jane Tolen and Mark Teague

One of 2001’s winners, this sweet story is sure to capture your heart! Watch it read page by page or watch an animated version online!



motion pictures based on books
Motion Pictures based on Books

Some winners of the Christopher Award have been made into movies! Check out the movie trailers!

nominate a book
Nominate a Book!

If you think you have a book the fits the requirement for the Christopher Award, send it in! Click on the Christopher Award picture and follow the directions there! Just remember, entries must meet the following requirements:

  • they must affirm the highest value of the human spirit
  • they must be published within the 2009 calendar year