2020 Locus Awards Finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Locus Awards have been announced. The awards are given for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year in a wide variety of categories that include books, magazines, artists, editors and publishers. They have one category specifically for the best YA novel. Here are the finalists in that category:

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer

Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Wicked King by Holly Black

2020 Lambda Literary Award Winners

Vanity Fair has the news of the winners of the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards. The awards are given in a wide variety of categories, one of which is specifically for children’s and YA books. You can see all of the finalists in my previous post about the award. Here are the winners in the youth category:


Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow


The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

13 New June Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 13 picture books coming out in June that are getting lots of positive buzz:

Dusk Explorers by Lindsay Leslie, illustrated by Ellen Rooney

From Ed’s to Ned’s by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson

Joy by Yasmeen Ismail, illustrated by Jenni Desmond

Little Bear’s Treasures by Stella Dreis

Love by Sophia by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret by Jess Keating, illustrated by Katie Hickey

Our Favorite Day of the Year by A. E. Ali, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell

Rescuing Mrs. Birdley by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Emma Reynolds

Sloth Went by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Benson Shum

Tad by Benji Davies

The Word for Friend by Aidan Cassie

When Emily Was Small by Lauren Soloy