The Utah Beehive Awards

The Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU) is a volunteer organization of individuals who have a personal or professional interest in children’s literature. The organization’s purposes are: to encourage the reading, study, and writing of children’s literature; to provide a forum for all points of view and levels of experience in children’s books; and to gather and share information about children’s literature.

The association sponsors book awards that motivate reading. CLAU annually sponsors awards in five categories:

  1. Utah Children’s Picture Book Award
  2. Utah Children’s Fiction Book Award
  3. Utah Children’s Informational Book Award
  4. Utah Young Adults’ Book Award
  5. Utah Children’s Poetry Book Award

Winners are chosen from the nominated books by the children of Utah, who vote for their favorite books.


Children’s Fiction Books

The Big Field  By Mike Lupica

The Cabinet of Wonders   By Marie Rutkoski

A Crooked Kind of Perfect  By Linda Urban

Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree  By Lauren Tarshis

The Girl Who Could Fly   By Victoria Forester

The Magic Theif  By Sarah Prineas

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf  By Jennifer Holm

The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Stewart

Night of The Howling Dogs  By  Graham Salisbury

Someone Named Eva  By Joan Wolf

Informational Books

11 Planets A New View of the Solar System  By David Aguilar

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman  By Marc Nobleman

How Big Is It!? A Book About Bigness  By Ben Hillman

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau  By Jennifer Berne

Nic Bishop Spiders  By Nic Bishop

Seven Miles To Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story  By Janet Halfmann

Sisters and Brothers:  Sibling Relationships the Animal World By Steve Jenkins

Two Bobbies: A True Story or Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival  By Kirdy Larson

We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  By Kadir Nelson

What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke The Rules, Charmed the World and Drove Her Father Crazy  By Barbara Kerley

Children’s Picture Books

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything  By Elise Broach

The Chicken of the Family By Mary Amato

I Am Invited To A Party By Mo Williams

My Travelin’  Eye By Jenny Kostecki-Shaw

South By Patrick McDonnell

Mary Had A Little Lamp By Jack Lechner

The Black Book Of Colors  By Menena Cottin

The Cow That Laid An Egg  By Andy Cutbill

The End  By David LaRochelle

Louder Lili  By Gennifer Choldenko

Children’s Poetry Books

42 Miles  By Tracie Zimmer

Crocs!  By David Greenberg

Frankenstein Takes The Cake  By Adam Rex

Imaginary Menagerie: A Book Of Curious Creatures By Julie Larios

M is For Mischief: An A to Z Of Naughty Children  By Linda Ashman

Oh, Theodore! Guinea Pig Poems  By Susan Katz

Oops! By Alan Katz

Pizza, Pigs, And Poetry: How To Write A Poem By Jack Prelutsky

A River Of Words: The Story or William Carlos Williams  By Jennifer Bryant

This is Just To Say: Poems of Apology and Foregiveness  By Joyce Sidman

 Young Adults Books

Airman  By Eoin Colfer

Beastly By Alex Flinn

Book Of A Thousand Days  By Shannon Hale

Climbing The Stairs By Padma Venkatraman

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks Of Nature By Robin Brande

Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

House Of Many Ways By Diana Jones

Schooled  By Gordon Korman

Shirft  By Jennifer Bradbury

Sun and Moon, Ice And Snow By Jessica Day George

Unwind  By Neal Shusterman

Waiting For Normal By Leslie Connor

 Utah Children’s Picture Book Award

If I Built A Car         By Chris Van Dusen

-Utah Children’s Fiction Book Award

The Candy Shop War     By Brandon Mull


Utah Children’s Informational Book Award

The Dangerous Book for Boys     By Gonn Iggulden

-Utah Children’s Poetry Book Award

Dogku       By Andrew Clements


-Utah Young Adult’s Book Award

Wildwood Dancing       By Juliet Marillier


The Beehive Awards Past Winners

Utah Children’s Picture Book Award

Mommy?        By Maurice Sendak (2008)

Where’s the Dragon         By Jason Hook (2007)

Some Dogs Do            By Jez Alborough (2006)

Diary of A Worm       By Doreen Cronin (2005)

Bertie Was a Watchdog        By Rick Walton (2004)

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon    By Patty Lovell (2003)

Sitting Ducks      By Michael Bedard (2002)

Hooway for Wodney Wat     By Helen Lester (2001)

A Bad Case of Stripes     By David Shannon (2000)

Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming     By Jez Alborough (1999)

Anansi and the Talking Melon     By Eric Kimmel (1998)

A Job for Wittilda        By Caralyn Buehner (1997)

Two of Everything        By Lily Toy Hong (1996)


Utah Children’s Fiction Book Award

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane     By Kate DiCamillo (2008)

Princess Academy     By Shannon Hale (2007)

Dragon Rider        By Cornila Funke (2006)

City of Ember       By Jeanne Duprau (2005)

Ruby Holler       By Sharon Creech (2004)

Two Princesses of Bamarre        By Gail Carson Levine (2003)

Midnight Migic              By Avi (2002)

Secret of Platform 13      By Eva Ibbotson (2001)

Frindle           By Andrew Clements (2000)

Earthquake Terror          By Peg Khret (1999)

Someone Was Watching         By David Patneaude (1998)

Watchdog And The Coyotes        By Bill Wallace (1997)

Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story        By Mary Hahn (1996)

Ghosts of Mercy Manor     By Betty Wright (1995)

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher        By Bruce Coville (1994)

Dead Man In Indian Creek         By Mary Hahn (1993)

There’s A Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom     By louis Sachar (1992)

Matilda       By Roal Dahl (1991)

This Island Isn’t big Enough to the Four of Us    By Gery Greer (1990)

Trapped in Death Cave       By Bill Wallace (1989)

Wait Till Helen comes: A Ghost Story       By Mary Hahn (1988)

Skinnybones       By Barbara Park (1987)

Me and the Weirdos         By Jane Sutton (1986)

Stone Fox         By John Gardiner (1985)

Lost in the Devil’s Desert       By Gloria Skurzynski (1984)

The Chocolate Touch        By Patrick Catling (1983)

Superfudge         By Judy Blume  (1982)

The Letter, the Witch and the Ring    By John Bellairs (1981)

Eddie’s Menagerie     By Carolyn Haywood (1980)


Utah Children’s Informational Book Award

What If You Met A Pirate       By Jan Adkins (2008)

Life-Size Dinosaurs         By David Bergen (2007)

Actual Size           By Steve Jenkins (2006)

How Angel Peterson Got His Name     By Gary Paulsen (2005)

Leonardo’s Horse          By Jan Fritz (2004)

Tiger Math; Learning to Graph From A Baby Tiger         By Ann Nagda (2003)

The Snake Scientist          By Sy Montgomery (2002)

If You Hopped Like A Frog         By David Schwartz (2001)

A Drop of Water: A book of Science and Wonder   By Walter Wick (2000)

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story         By Ken Mochizuki (1999)

It’s a Spoon, Not A Shovel       By Caralyn Buehner (1998)

Never Take A Pig To Lunch and Other Poems      By Various Authors (1997)

Mummies and Their Mysteries        By Charlotte Wilcox (1996)

Sadako        By Eleanor Coerr (1995)

Stephen Biesty: Incredible Cross-Sections       By Richard Platt (1994)

Dolphin Adventure: A True Story     By Wayne Grover (1993)

An Ant Colony       By Heiderose Fischer-Nagel (1992)

Bill Peet: An Autobiography        By Bill Peet (1991)

How to Make Pop-Up’s     By Joan Irvine (1990)

Your Amazing Senses        By Ron Van Der Meer (1989)

How Much Is A Million      By David Schwartz (1988)

Great Painters       By Piero Ventura (1987)


-Utah Young Adult’s Book Award

Bad Kitty         By Michelle Jaffe (2008)

The Lightning Thief         By Rick Riordan (2007)

Airborn          By Kenneth Oppel (2006)

Eragon            By Christopher Paolini (2005)

Stormbreaker       By Anthony Horowitz (2004)

Touching Spirit Bear     By Ben Mikaelsen (2003)

Downsiders       By Neal Shusterman (2002)

Long Way From Chicago          By Richard Peck (2001)

Little Sister       By Kara Dalkey (2000)

SOS Titanic          By Eve Bunting (1999)

Merlin Effect         By T.A. Barron (1998)

In My Fathers House        By Ann Rinaldi (1997)

Nothing to Fear        By Jackie Koller (1996)

Amazing Gracie         By A.E. Cannon (1995)

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle       By Avi (1994)

Sniper             By Theodore Taylor (1993)

Don’t Look Behind You          By Lois Duncan (1992)

The Other Side of Dark         By Joan Nixon (1991)


-Utah Children’s Poetry Book Award

Once I Ate a Pie        By Patricia MacLachlan (2008)

Hotel Deep: Light Verse From Dark Water     By Kurt Cyrus (2007)

Rolling In The Aisles      By Bruce Lansky (2006)

Giant Children      By Brod Bagert (2005)

The Moon & Riddles Diner and the Sunnyside Café     By Nancy Willard (2004)

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs  By Alan Katz (2003)

Insectiopedia: Poems and Paintings      By Florian Douglas (2002)

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