You Should Know

  • UGA directs the annual GCBA Picturebook and Book Awards
  • Georgia children choose the winners by voting on the books
  • Each year, we host a conference to celebrate the awards
  • Top children’s writers and illustrators are invited
  • Hundreds of teachers and librarian/media experts attend


Established by the department of language and literacy education in 1968, the Georgia Children’s Book Award committees are committed to rewarding, recognizing, and promoting excellence in children’s literature. Their primary objectives are to foster a love of reading, and to introduce children to books of literary excellence. The annual conference not only honors the Georgia Children’s Book Award winners, but also includes author and illustrator workshops and practitioner-based sessions.

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46th Annual Georgia Children's Book Awards Conference on Children's Literature

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The 46th Annual Georgia Children’s Book Awards and Conference on Children’s Literature is a two day conference for teachers, media specialists, teacher educators, administrators, public librarians, and parents. Attendees will hear notable children’s authors and illustrators, and celebrate the Georgia Book Awards. It is also the state level competition of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. We hope to see you there!