Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the first annual Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards have been announced. The awards will be given in three age categories with the winners announced on May 3. Here are the six shortlisted titles in each category:


All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Every Night Is Pizza Night by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt; illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero  

Fern & Otto by Stephanie Graegin

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

The Whatifs by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Zoe Persico 

What the Road Said by Cleo Wade; illustrated by Lucie de Moyencourt


Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Twins by Varian Johnson; illustrated by Shannon Wright

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Wink by Rob Harrell


The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yuself Salaam

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong