2021-2022   Ground Zero, by Alan Gratz

2020-2021   Wildfire, by Rodman Philbrick

2019-2020   New Kid, by Jerry Craft

2018-2019   The Trail, by Meika Hashimoto

2017-2018   Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier

2016-2017   Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson

2015-2016   El Deafo, by Cece Bell

2014-2015   Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein

2013-2014   Buddy, by M.H. Herlong

2012-2013   Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

2011-2012   Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, by Lincoln Peirce

2010-2011   Murder at Midnight, by Avi

2009-2010   Swindle, by Gordon Korman

2008-2009   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal,  by Jeff Kinney

2007-2008   Rules, by Cynthia Lord

2006-2007   The Ghost’s Grave, by Peg Kehret

2005-2006   The Legend of Spud Murphy, by Eoin Colfer

2004-2005   City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

2003-2004   Loser, by Jerry Spinelli

2002-2003   Love that Dog, by Sharon Creech

2001-2002   Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

2000-2001   Among the Hidden, by Margaret Haddix

1999-2000   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

1998-1999   101 Ways to Bug Your Parents, by Lee Wardlaw

1997-1998   Frindle, by Andrew Clements

1996-1997   Math Curse, by Jon Scieszka

1995-1996   The Giver, by Lois Lowery

1994-1995   Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, by Barbara Park

1993-1994   Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville

1992-1993   Shiloh, by Phyllis R. Naylor

1991-1992   Number the Stars, by Lois Lowery

1990-1991   Secret of the Indian, by Lynne Reid Banks

1989-1990   Matilda, by Roald Dahl

1988-1989   Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

1983-1988   Superfudge, by Judy Blume

1982-1983   The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary

1981-1982   Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume

1980-1981   Superfudge, by Judy Blume

1979-1980   Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume