NSK Children's Prize

NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

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A New Mark of Excellence for Writers of Children’s Literature

NSK Prize Medallion

The NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature is awarded every other year to a living writer or author-illustrator with significant achievement in children’s or young-adult literature. Made possible through the generosity of Nancy Barcelo, Susan Neustadt Schwartz, and Kathy Neustadt and sponsored by WLT, the NSK Prize celebrates literature that contributes to the quality of children’s lives. Candidates for the award are nominated by a jury of children’s literature experts, and the jury also selects the winner of each biennial prize.

Laureates receive a check for $25,000, a silver medallion, and a certificate at a public ceremony at the University of Oklahoma and are featured in a subsequent issue of WLT. To date, the winners have included Mildred D. Taylor (2003), Brian Doyle (2005), Katherine Paterson (2007), Vera B. Williams (2009), Virginia Euwer Wolff (2011), and Naomi Shihab Nye (2013).

A new international jury of writers will choose the 2015 laureate sometime this year; names of the nominees will be publicized in late spring, and the winner will be announced in fall 2014.


Jury & Nominees for the 2013 NSK Prize


Ibtisam Barakat

Naomi Shihab Nye


Lari Don

Joan Lingard

The Twelfth Day of July

Rukhsana Khan



Maggie Meacham

Lois Lowry

The Giver

Susan Lynn Meyer

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Changeling

Minfong Ho

Laurence Yep

Dragon's Gate

Mitali Perkins

Lois Lowry

The Giver

Naheed Senzai

Tamora Pierce

Song of the Lioness: Alanna:

The First Adventure

Rita Williams‐Garcia

Walter Dean Myers





Updated January 2014