John Coy


John Coy is the author of the numerous award-winning books including Night Driving, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Hoop Genius, Game Changer, and Their Great Gift.

He is also the author of the young adult novels Crackback, Box Out, and Gap Life and the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, featuring Top of the Order, Eyes on the Goal, Love of the Game, and Take Your Best Shot.

John lives near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and visits schools around the world. Connect with him at www.johncoy.com and @johncoy23.

Honors
Picture Books

 

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land (Carolrhoda Books, 2016)
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review in School Library Journal
  • Starred Review in Kirkus
Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game (Carolrhoda Books, 2015)
  • Winner of the 2016 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section
  • Chosen for Outstanding Merit as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2016 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2016 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
  • Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association, 2016
  • Selected as a Recommended Orbis Pictus book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children by the National Council of Teachers of English, 2016
  • Chosen as one of the Best Books for Children by the Raleigh News & Observer, 2015
  • Selected as one of the Miami Herald’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015
  • Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review in Booklist
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Books, 2013)
  • Included on the National Endowment for the Humanities Nonfiction Favorites List for Young Readers
  • Selected as a 2016 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Honor Book
  • Nominated for Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award for 2016-2017
  • Nominated for the 2015-2016 South Carolina Picture Book Award
  • Nominated for the Monarch Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for 2016
  • Nominated for a Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award for 2016
  • Nominated  for a Virginia Readers’ Choice Award for 2015-2016 
  • Selected for the 2015 Multicultural Book Collection by Reading is Fundamental
  • Selected as a nominee for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award for 2015
  • Nominated for the Rocky Mountain Book Award by the Alberta Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015
  • Selected as a Book of the Month for the Intermediate Division of the Read On Wisconsin Program
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2014 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Nominated as a Finalist for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
  • Selected as a Finalist for the Minnesota Star of the North Book Award for 2014-2015
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2014 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
  • Chosen as one of the Top Ten Sports Book for Youth by Booklist for 2013
  • Selected as one of the Best Books for Kids and Teens of 2013 by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Recipient of the Silver Triangle Award from Communication Arts
  • Starred Review in the Horn Book
Vroomaloom Zoom (Nodin Press, 2010)
  • Selected as a book of excellence on the Children’s Literature Choice List for 2001
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2001 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Picked for the 2001 2X2 Reading List of the Texas Library Association, a list for children age 2 to Second Grade
  • Starred review in School Library Journal
Around the World (Lee & Low Books, 2005)
  • Chosen as a Junior Library Guild book
  • Selected for the National Basketball Association Read to Achieve program
  • Featured title in the Basketball without Borders program
Two Old Potatoes and Me (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003)
  • Chosen by The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society to honor the best of the best in children’s garden fiction. These Growing Good Kids Book Awards CLASSICS represent the TOP 40 books of the last 100 YEARS.
  • Picked as a book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
  • Selected as a featured book for Reading Rainbow, 2005
  • Named an Honor Book for the Charlotte Zolotow Award, best text in a picture book
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2003 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2003 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
  • Selected as an Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Honor Book
  • Chosen as one of Nickelodeon Jr.’s Best Family Books for the Year for 2003
  • Received starred reviews in School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly
Strong to the Hoop (Lee & Low Books, 1999)
  • Chosen as an American Library Association Notable Book for 2000
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2000 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
  • Picked as A Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People for 2000 by the Children’s Book Council
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2000 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association, 2000
Night Driving (Henry Holt, 1996)
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 1998 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York
  • Awarded the 1997 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for excellence in an author’s or illustrator’s first picture book
  • Chosen one of the best books of the year by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in the New York Times
  • Selected for Fanfare 1997, The Horn Book Honor List chosen from the books of 1996
  • Nominated for a 1997 Minnesota Book Award and named as a finalist for Children’s Books of Distinction by The Hungry Mind Review
  • Chosen for a Seal of Quality by The Family Channel Entertainment Guide
  • Nominated for Vermont’s 1997 children’s book award, The Red Clover Award
  • Selected for Not Just for Children Anymore, A Selection by Booksellers of 110 Children’s Books that Adults will Enjoy and Buy for Themselves, published by The Children’s Book Council
  • Selected as one of the Best Illustrated Books of the Year by The New York Times
  • Named one of The Choice Books of 1996 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center 

4 for 4 Middle-Grade Series

Eyes on the Goal (Square Fish, 2012)
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2011 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center 
Take Your Best Shot (Feiwel & Friends, 2012)
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2013 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Top of the Order (Square Fish, 2010)
  • Selected as a Finalist for the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2013-2014
  • Picked as a Junior Library Guild book
  • Named one of the Choice Books of 2010 by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center 
  • Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
  • Chosen as a Best Children’s Book of the Year for 2010 by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York

Young Adult Novels 

Box Out (Scholastic Press, 2008)
  • Chosen as a Junior Library Guild book
  • Starred review in Booklist
  • Chosen by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Sports Books for Youth of 2009
  • Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program 
Crackback (Scholastic Press, 2005)
  • Finalist for 2010 Nutmeg Award 
  • Nominated for 2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award
  • Selected as a Book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
  • Chosen by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association for the Tayshas Reading List of 2007-2008
  • Selected for the 2007 Young Adults’ Choices list of the International Reading Association
  • Picked for the 2007-08 Pennsylvania Young Adult Readers Choice Award
  • Selected for the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list of 2006
  • Chosen as an Additional Title of Interest in 500 Great Books for Teens
  • Picked as a 2006 Texas Reading Club choice
  • Selected as a Junior Library Guild book
  • Chosen as a book of the Month for the Read On Wisconsin Program
  • Selected for Outstanding Achievement by Wisconsin Library Association in 2006
  • Starred review in Booklist