2020/2021 Azia Books Diversity Award

The winners and listed titles for the Azia Books – Diversity Award have been announced. The awards celebrate a children’s book that “reflects multicultural/multiracial protagonists and families.” The books range in publication dates from 1997 to 2020 for this year’s lists and awards. I’ll list the winners first and then the full lists of titles for both age groups.


Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown


The First Rule of Punk by Celica C. Pérez


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Dream Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans

The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez

What’s in There? All about Before You Were Born by Robbie Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez and Jaime Kim


Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barbara Higuera

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

Thief of Hearts by Laurence Yep

The Window by Michael Dorris

The World of Daughter McGuire by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich

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13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich, illustrated by David Clark (9781580898904)

In this hilarious reverse counting book, various creatures consume the thirteen flies. The various flies are given their specific species names as they are eaten. Facts are also shared about each of the predators. The book is inviting and offers a humorous take on the science of eating flies. There are frogs that eat them, spiders, other insects, fish, birds, bats, and even one human (who eats the last fly by mistake!) And remember, even as these 13 flies are eaten, more are emerging all the time.

Heavenrich takes clear glee in sharing strange and fascinating ways that flies can be eaten. She shares facts that will have children turning the pages to discover the next amazing piece of information. Even those who think they know all about insects, frogs and animals will be intrigued by some of the data. After all, who wouldn’t want to learn about a fungus that turns a fly into a zombie!

The art in this nonfiction picture book adds to the joy of the text. Clark creates dramatic moments with his humorous illustrations, depicting the last moments of each fly’s life just before they are eaten. The googly-eyed flies are full of gangly legs, beating wings and despair.

The ultimate in gross and cool nonfiction. Appropriate for ages 5-8.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Charlesbridge.