2021 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for the 2021 Audie Awards. Given in 25 categories, several of the categories are focused on audiobooks for youth. Here are the finalists in those categories:


Genesis Begins Again, written and narrated by Alicia D. Williams

The Good Hawk, by Joseph Elliott, narrated by Fiona Hardingham and Gary Furlong

King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender, narrated by Ron Butler

Say Her Name, by Zetta Elliott, narrated by Channie Waites

Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 1, by Nic Stone, narrated by Anika Noni Rose

We Dream of Space, by Erin Entrada Kelly, narrated by Ramon de Ocampo


Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa

Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story), written and narrated by Daniel Nayeri

Poisoned, by Jennifer Donnelly, narrated by Rosie Jones

A Song Below Water, by Bethany C. Morrow, narrated by Jennifer Haralson and Andrea Laing

This Is My America, by Kim Johnson, narrated by Bahni Turpin


Going Down Home with Daddy, by Kelly Starling Lyons, narrated by Daxton Edwards

The Overground Railroad, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, narrated by Shayna Small and Dion Graham

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, narrated by
Cherise Boothe

Say Something, written and narrated by Peter H. Reynolds

The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley and Friends

The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley and Friends, by Sesame Workshop, narrated by Lindsey
Briggs, Tyler Bunch, Ryan Dillon, and a full cast

Stuck, by Chris Grabenstein, narrated by Mark Sanderlin, Elizabeth Hess, Oliver Wyman, Farah
Bala, Rita Wolf, Caroline Grogan, Cynthia Darlow, Mateo D’Amato, J.J. Myers, Neil Hellegers,
Genesis Oliver, and Chris Grabenstein


Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo and Melania-Luisa
Marte – Nominated for Multi-Voiced Performance

El Laberinto del Fauno, by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke, narrated by Luis Ávila – Nominated for Spanish Language

Evelyn Del Rey se muda [Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away], by Meg Medina, narrated by Jane
Santos – Nominated for Spanish Language

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt – Nominated for Fantasy

We Wait for the Sun by Katie McCabe

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We Wait for the Sun by Katie McCabe, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa (9781250229021)

This picture book is based on one of Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s favorite stories of her childhood and her grandmother, Rachel Bryant Graham. Born over 100 years ago, Roundtree grew up to be a renowned civil rights attorney. She and her grandmother headed into the night in midsummer. They move through the darkness to the woods to gather blackberries. As they walk through the night, other women join them, silent in the dark. The darkness gets thicker as they move into the woods, and Dovey’s grandmother encourages her to hold onto her apron strings and let her eyes adjust. They reach the blackberry clearing and everyone gets to work but not before Dovey gets the first and best berry to eat. They pick berries, the women chatting, until the sky turns pink and at her grandmother’s command the sun rises over the horizon.

McCabe takes a powerful moment in Roundtree’s life and turns it into a picture book that invites children to explore the woods at night and not be afraid. There is a sense of adventure throughout the book illuminated with the wonder of being out in a summer night. The profound silence of the night and its darkness make for a book full of mystery with text that asks to be read in a hushed tone to share the moment with one another all the way through sunrise.

Figueroa’s illustrations are rich and beautiful. She takes the darkness and tinges it with blue, teal and purple to show paths, faces and the women walking together. She also sweeps the path with fireflies and glimmers, adding to the wonder of the book.

A story that serves as an allegory for resilience, going through the darkness and knowing the sun will rise. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Roaring Brook Press.