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


Since 2003, the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature has been 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 World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature, 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 writers, illustrators, or scholars, 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 World Literature Today. To date, winners of the NSK Prize have included Mildred D. Taylor (2003), Brian Doyle (2005), Katherine Paterson (2007), Vera B. Williams (2009), Virginia Euwer Wolff (2011), Naomi Shihab Nye (2013), Meshack Asare (2015), and Marilyn Nelson (2017).


Jury & Finalists for the 2019 NSK Prize


Socorro Acioli

Ana Maria Machado

Me in the Middle

Jorge Argueta

René Colato Laínez

Telegrams to Heaven:The Childhood of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero

Chris Haughton

Isabel Minhós Martins

Where Do We Go When We Disappear?

Tiffany Jackson

Renée Watson

Piecing Me Together

Uma Krishnaswami

Beverley Naidoo

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

Kit Pearson

Hilary McKay

Saffy’s Angel

Lilliam Rivera

Margarita Engle

Enchanted Air

Duncan Tonatiuh  

Yuyi Morales

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Jonah Winter  

Jeanette Winter

The Librarian of Basra





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