ALA Award-Winning Books for Children 2022 — updated 4/1/22

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It’s that exciting time of year when the American Library Association unveils its list of award winners for children’s and teen’s books, audiobooks and other media. Pasadena Public Library has these award winners and more! The books below are award winners for children up to age 13. Click on the book cover images to find their page in our catalog where you can request them with your library card.

 

John Newbery Medal

For the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

The Last CuentistaThe Last Cuentista written by Donna Barba Higuera, is the 2022 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Levine Querido.

Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

 

 

Newbery Honor Books:

Red, White and Whole Too Bright to SeeWatercress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Red, White, and Whole,” written by Rajani LaRocca and published by Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “A Snake Falls to Earth,” written by Darcie Little Badger and published by Levine Querido; “Too Bright to See,” written by Kyle Lukoff and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House; and “Watercress,” written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House.

 

Randolph Caldecott Medal

For the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin, is the 2022 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Andrea Wang and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House.

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

 

 

Caldecott Honor Books:

Have You Ever Seen a Flower?Mel FellUnspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreWonder Walkers

 

 

 

 

“Have You Ever Seen a Flower?” illustrated and written by Shawn Harris and published by Chronicle Books; “Mel Fell,” illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre,” illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group; and “Wonder Walkers,” illustrated and written by Micha Archer and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreUnspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

The 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre was one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. On May 31 and June 1 an armed mob looted homes and businesses as Black families fled. The police did nothing to protect Greenwood, and as many as three hundred African Americans were killed, most buried in unmarked graves. No official investigation occurred until seventy-five years later. Weatherford helps young readers understand the events of this incident.

 

 

King Author Honor Books

Revolution In Our TimeThe People Remember

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Home Is Not a Country,” written by Safia Elhillo and published by Make Me A World, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House; “Revolution in Our Time,” written by Kekla Magoon and published by Candlewick Press; and “The People Remember,” written by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race MassacreUnspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

The 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre was one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. On May 31 and June 1 an armed mob looted homes and businesses as Black families fled. The police did nothing to protect Greenwood, and as many as three hundred African Americans were killed, most buried in unmarked graves. No official investigation occurred until seventy-five years later. Weatherford helps young readers understand the events of this incident.

 

 

King Illustrator Honor Books:

Nina: A Story of Nina SimoneSoul Food Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Nina: A Story of Nina Simone,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Traci N. Todd and published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House; “We Wait for the Sun,” illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe and published by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and “Soul Food Sunday,” illustrated by C.G. Esperanza, written by Winsome Bingham and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award:

The Me I Choose to Be

The Me I Choose to Be, illustrated by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, is the Steptoe illustrator award winner. The book is written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and published by Little, Brown, and Company.

What will you choose to be? A free spirit? A weaver of words? A star dancing across the night sky? A limitless galaxy? The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. With lyrical text by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and images by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt—the team behind CreativeSoul Photography—each page of The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love and highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children.

 

 

 

Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children (ages 0 to 8):

For books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

My City Speaks

My City Speaks, written by Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron and published by Kids Can Press Ltd., wins the award for young children (ages 0 to 8).

A young girl, who is visually impaired, finds much to celebrate as she explores the city she loves.A young girl and her father spend a day in the city, her city, traveling to the places they go together: the playground, the community garden, the market, an outdoor concert. As they do, the girl describes what she senses in delightfully precise, poetic detail. Her city, she says, “rushes and stops, and waits and goes.” It “pitters and patters, and drips and drains.” It “echoes” and “trills,” and is both “smelly” and “sweet.” Her city also speaks, as it “dings and dongs, and rattles and roars.” And sometimes, maybe even some of the best times, it just listens.

 

 

Schneider Family Honor Books for Young Children:

A Walk in the WordsA Sky-Blue Bench“A Walk in the Words,” written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House; and “A Sky-Blue Bench,” written by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Peggy Collins and published by Pajama Press, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Schneider Family Book Award for Middle Grades (ages 9 to 13):

A Bird Will SoarA Bird Will Soar, written by Alison Green Myers and published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, is the winner for middle grades (ages 9 to 13).

Axel loves everything about birds, especially eagles. No one worries that an eagle will fly too far and not come home–a fact Axel wishes his mother understood. Deep down, Axel knows that his mother is like an osprey–the best of all bird mothers–but it’s hard to remember that when she worries and keeps secrets about important things. His dad is more like a wild turkey, coming and going as he pleases. His dad’s latest disappearance is the biggest mystery of all.

Despite all this, Axel loves his life–especially the time he spends with his friends observing the eagles’ nest in the woods near his home. But when a tornado damages not only Axel’s home but the eagles’ nest, Axel’s life is thrown into chaos. Suddenly his dad is back to help repair the damage, and Axel has to manage his dad’s presence and his beloved birds’ absence. Plus, his mom seems to be keeping even more secrets.

But Axel knows another important fact: an eagle’s instincts let it soar. Axel must trust his own instincts to help heal his family and the nest he loves.

 

 

Schneider Family Honor Books for Middle Grades:

Stuntboy, In the MeantimeA Kind of Spark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Stuntboy, in the Meantime,” written by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raúl the Third and published by Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; and “A Kind of Spark,” written by Elle McNicoll and published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

For an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:

Temple Alley SummerTemple Alley Summer is the 2022 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Japanese as “Kimyōji Yokochō no Natsu,” the book was written by Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa and published by Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers.

One rainy night, Kazu sees a strange figure in a white kimono sneak out of his house–was he dreaming? Did he see a ghost? The next day at school, the very same person is sitting in his class–and all his friends are convinced that the ghost-girl Akari has been their friend for years. If that isn’t weird enough, Kazu learns that his house is in the exact location of an ancient temple called Kimyō, which, legend has it, could bring the dead back to life! Kazu sets out to discover what happened to Kimyō Temple and if the rumors of its power are true. His investigation draws the unwanted attention of his neighbor Ms. Minakami and his mysterious new classmate Akari, who is definitely not what she seems. Now, Kazu and Akari must join forces to find and protect the source of the temple’s power, before it’s too late.

 

 

Batchelder Honor Books:

Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost

In the Meadow of Fantasies

The Most Beautiful Story

Sato the Rabbit

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

 

 

 

 

 

“Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost,” published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Betina Birkjær, illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard and translated by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov; “In the Meadow of Fantasies,” published by Elsewhere Editions, written by Hadi Mohammadi, illustrated by Nooshin Safakhoo and translated by Sara Khalili; “The Most Beautiful Story,” published by Enchanted Lion Books, written by Brynjulf Jung Tjønn, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter and translated by Kari Dickson; “Sato the Rabbit,” published by Enchanted Lion Books, written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoya and translated by Michael Blaskowsky; and “The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas,” published by Levine Querido, written by María García Esperón, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos and translated by David Bowles.

 

Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Award:

Honoring Latinx illustrators whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

Vamos Let's Cross the Bridge¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, is the 2022 Pura Belpré Youth Illustration Award winner. The book was written by Raúl Gonzalez and published by Versify, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Little Lobo and Bernabé are bringing supplies to the big celebration in the country across the bridge — but everyone else seems to be going, too! During the long delay, they see all kinds of people on the bridge for different reasons and speaking different languages, but when someone has a grumpy moment, they all come together to make the wait as good as can be.

 

 

Belpré Youth Illustration Honor Books:

Boogie, Boogie, Y'allBright Star

May Your Life Be Deliciosa

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Boogie Boogie, Y’all,” illustrated and written by C. G. Esperanza and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Bright Star,” illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House; “De aquí como el coquí,” illustrated and written by Nomar Perez, translated by Farah Perez and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House; and “May Your Life Be Deliciosa,” illustrated by Loris Lora, written by Michael Genhart and published by Cameron Kids, an imprint of Cameron + Company, a division of ABRAMS.

Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award:

The Last CuentistaThe Last Cuentista written by Donna Barba Higuera, is the 2022 Pura Belpré Children’s Author Award winner. The book is published by Levine Querido.

Petra’s world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity’s past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard – or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

 

 

Belpré Children’s Author Honor Books:

Barefoot Dreams of Petra LunaChild of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna,” written by Alda P. Dobbs and published by Sourcebooks Young Readers, an imprint of Sourcebooks Kids; “Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua,” written by Gloria Amescua, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS; and “De aquí como el coquí,” written and illustrated by Nomar Perez, translated by Farah Perez and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

For most distinguished informational book for children:

The People's Painter
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“The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art,” written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Evan Turk, is the 2022 Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sibert Honor Books:

The Great Stink

Fallout
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We Are Still Here!Summertime SleepersUnspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

 

 

 

 

 

“The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem,” written by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown,” written by Steve Sheinkin and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know,” written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge; “Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate,” written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen and published by Charlesbridge; and “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper and published by Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award:

Given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

Too Bright to SeeToo Bright to See, written by Kyle Lukoff and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is the 2022 recipient of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s Literature Award.

It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl. Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: a ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light–Bug is transgender.

 

Stonewall Honor Books:

Almost FlyingGrandad's Camper

 

 

 

 

 

“Almost Flying,” written by Jake Maia Arlow and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House; “The Darkness Outside Us,” written by Eliot Schrefer and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Grandad’s Camper,” written and illustrated by Harry Woodgate and published by Little Bee Books.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:

For the most distinguished beginning reader book:

Fox at Night

Fox at Night, written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor is the 2022 Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

In his next I Can Read adventure, Fox-the hilarious trickster character featured in Geisel Award-winning Fox the Tiger-overcomes his fear of monsters when he meets real nocturnal animals. Fox is up late in the night. There are shadows and noises everywhere. Fox is sure the night is full of monsters! Then he meets the real creatures of the night and realizes they are not so scary after all. Carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and whimsical illustrations, Fox at Night is ideal for sharing with your emergent reader. The active, engaging My First I Can Read stories have appealing plots and lovable characters, encouraging children to continue their reading journey.

 

Geisel Honor Books:

Beak & Ally: Unlikely Friends

I Hop

Nothing Fits a Dinosaur

 

“Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends,” written and illustrated by Norm Feuti and published by HarperAlley, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “I Hop,” written and illustrated by Joe Cepeda and published by Holiday House; and “Nothing Fits a Dinosaur,” written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske and published by Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

American Indian Youth Literature Awards

These awards are announced in even years (e.g. 2022, 2024, 2026) and were established to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives. Selected titles present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts. This year’s winners include:

Healer of the Water Monster

Middle Grade Book: Healer of the Water Monster, written by Brian Young [Diné], cover art by Shonto Begay [Diné] and published by Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer, with no electricity or cell service. Still, he loves spending time with Nali and with his uncle Jet, though it’s clear when Jet arrives that he brings his problems with him. One night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds someone extraordinary: a Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story–a Water Monster–in need of help. Now Nathan must summon all his courage to save his new friend. With the help of other Navajo Holy Beings, Nathan is determined to save the Water Monster, and to support Uncle Jet in healing from his own pain.

 

Also:

Picture Book: “Herizon,” written by Daniel W. Vandever [Diné], illustrated by Corey Begay [Diné] and published by South of Sunrise Creative; and Young Adult Book: “Apple (Skin to the Core),” written by Eric Gansworth [Onondaga], cover art by Filip Peraić and published by Levine Querido.

2022 American Indian Youth Literature Awards Honor titles:

I Sang You Down from the StarsWe Are Still Here!

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Honor Books: “Diné Bich’eekę Yishłeeh [Diné Bizaad]/Becoming Miss Navajo [English],” by Jolyana Begay-Kroupa [Diné], designed by Corey Begay [Diné] and published by Salina Bookshelf, Inc.; “Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Gold Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer,” by Traci Sorell [Cherokee], illustrated by Natasha Donovan [Métis] and published by Millbrook Press; “Learning My Rights with Mousewoman,” written and illustrated by Morgan Asoyuf [Ts’msyen] and published by Native Northwest; “I Sang You Down from the Stars,” by Tasha Spillet-Sumner [Cree and Trinidadian], illustrated by Michaela Goade [Tlingit & Haida] and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group; and “We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know,” by Traci Sorell [Cherokee], illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc. / Live Oak Media.

Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-be Best FriendThe Sea in Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grade Honor Books: “Ella Cara Deloria: Dakota Language Protector,” by Diane Wilson [Dakota], illustrated by Tashia Hart [Red Lake Anishinaabe] and published by Minnesota Humanities Center; “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” by Katrina M. Phillips [Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe], illustrated by Tashia Hart [Red Lake Anishinaabe] and published by Pebble, an imprint of Capstone; “Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend,” by Dawn Quigley [Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe], illustrated by Tara Audibert [Wolastoqey] and published by Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Peggy Flanagan: Ogimaa Kwe, Lieutenant Governor,” by Jessica Engelking [White Earth Band of Ojibwe], illustrated by Tashia Hart [Red Lake Anishinaabe] and published by Minnesota Humanities Center; and “The Sea in Winter,” by Christine Day [Upper Skagit], cover art by Michaela Goade [Tlingit and Haida] and published by Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature:

The award promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit. The award offers three youth categories including Picture Book, Children’s Literature and Youth Literature.  The award is administered by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association.  This year’s winners include:

The Picture Book winner is: Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House.

Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

 

 

 

Amina's SongThe Children’s Literature winner is Amina’s Song, written by Hena Khan and published by Salaam Reads/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Feeling pulled between two cultures after a month with family in Pakistan, Amina shares her experiences with Wisconsin classmates through a class assignment and a songwriting project with new student Nico.

 

Asian/Pacific American Honor Titles:

A Boy Named Isamu

Finding Junie Kim

 

 

 

 

 

The committee selected one Picture Book honor title: “A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi” written and illustrated by James Yang and published by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House. The committee selected one Children’s Literature honor title: “Finding Junie Kim,” written by Ellen Oh and published by HarperCollins.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Gold Medalists:

Presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.

Picture Books:

The Passover Guest

Picture Book winner: The Passover Guest, by Susan Kusel, illustrated by Sean Rubin and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House;

Muriel assumes her family is too poor to hold a Passover Seder this year, but an act of kindness and a mysterious magician change everything.

 

 

 

 

Middle Grades:

How to Find What You're Not Looking ForMiddle Grades winner: How to Find What You’re Not Looking For, by Veera Hiranandani and published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House

New historical fiction from a Newbery Honor–winning author about how middle schooler Ariel Goldberg’s life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she’s forced to grapple with both her family’s prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences, as she defines her own beliefs. Twelve-year-old Ariel Goldberg’s life feels like the moment after the final guest leaves the party. Her family’s Jewish bakery runs into financial trouble, and her older sister has eloped with a young man from India following the Supreme Court decision that strikes down laws banning interracial marriage. As change becomes Ariel’s only constant, she’s left to hone something that will be with her always–her own voice.

 

 

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalists:

Picture Books:

Nicky & Vera

Dear Mr. Dickens
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The Christmas Mitzvah

 

 

 

 

Picture Book honors: “Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued,” written and illustrated by Peter Sis and published by Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company; “Dear Mr. Dickens,” by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe and published by Albert Whitman & Company; and “The Christmas Mitzvah,” by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Michelle Laurentia Agatha and published by Creston Books;

Middle Grades:

The Genius Under the Table
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Linked

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Grades honors: “The Genius Under the Table: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain,” written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin and published by Candlewick Press; and “Linked,” by Gordon Korman and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.

 

Librarians are still in the process of getting some of these award-winners, so if the book you want is not in the catalog, check this blog in a few weeks and we may have some updated links!

Remember you can find readalikes for many of these books using our database Novelist K-8 Plus and lots of other great reading suggestions on our Children’s Book Suggestions LibGuide!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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