Category: Awards

Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists

The finalists for the first Anna Dewdney Read Together Award have been announced by Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. The winner will be a picture book that is “both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.” The award commemorates the late Anna Dewdney.

Here are the finalists:

28954177 Last Stop on Market Street

Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

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Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins

Toby by Hazel Mitchell

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Y




2017 Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for their Edgar Awards. Here are the nominees in the juvenile categories:


The Bad Kid Cover Framed! Cover

The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere

Framed! by James Ponti

Ocdaniel Cover Some Kind of Happiness Cover

OCDaniel by Wesley King

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Summerlost Cover Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry Cover

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught



The Girl I Used to Be Cover Girl in the Blue Coat Cover

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

My Sister Rosa Cover Thieving Weasels Cover

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor

Three Truths and a Lie Cover

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

2017 British Book Awards

A Children’s book category was added last year to the British Book Awards. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and then the overall winning book will be selected by another panel. Here is the shortlist for the 2017 award for the Children’s category:

The Christmasaurus The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: Fifteen Stories and Recipes for Children

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, illustrated by Clair Rossiter

Oi Dog! The World's Worst Children

Oi Dog! by Kes and Claire Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams and Tony Ross

2017 Klaus Flugge Prize Longlist

This is the second year of the Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration. It is given to “the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration.” There are 15 books on the longlist for this British prize:

Animal Surprises Baxter’s Book

Animal Surprises by Abbie Cameron, written by Nicola Davies

Baxter’s Book by Hrefna Bragadottir

Bob the Artist Duck Gets A Job

Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars

Duck Gets a Job by Sonny Ross

28645701 Hannah and Sugar

First Snow by Bomi Park

Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube

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Hiding Heidi by Fiona Woodcock

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

28114595 Little Mouse's Big Breakfast

Life is Magic (Rabbit Magic in the US) by Meg McLaren

Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast by Christine Pym

Little One Little Red

Little One by Jo Weaver

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

The Lonely Giant The Museum of Me

The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose

The Museum of Me by Emma Lewis

A World of Information

A World of Information by James Brown, written by Richard Platt

2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

YALSA has announced their list of the 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. This is one of my favorite lists of the year, since it always has books that will be popular with teens that aren’t found on other lists. There is also a top ten list shown below:

All American Boys Cover Daughters Unto Devils Cover

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Kiely Brendan

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Feminism Cover

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by EK Johnston

Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word by Nadia Abushanab Higgins

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love Cover If I Was Your Girl Cover

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Plutona Cover Symptoms of Being Human Cover

Plutona by Jeff Lemire

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Tell Me Three Things Cover This Is Where It Ends Cover

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has announced their list of 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Part of that list is a top ten, those titles are below:

Black Panther, Book 1 Cover Filmish Cover

Black Panther, Book One: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze

Filmish: a Graphic Journey Through Film by Edward Ross

Giant Days, Volume 1 Cover March, Book Three Cover

Giant Days (Volumes 1 & 2) by John Allison and Lissa Treiman

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Mighty Jack Cover Orange Cover

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

orange: The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano

Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Plutona Cover

Paper Girls 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

Plutona by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lennox

Prez, Vol. 1: Corndog-in-Chief We Stand On Guard

Prez, Volume 1: Corndog in Chief by Mark Russell, Ben Caldwell and Mark Morales

We Stand On Guard by Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce and Matt Hollingsworth

2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists

The Children’s Book Council has announced the seven finalists in each of the categories for the 2017 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. The award is the only national US book award voted on by children and teens. Here are the finalists:


Don't Wake Up the Tiger Cover Frankencrayon Cover

Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall

King Baby Cover Madeline Finn and the Library Dog Cover

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Nanobots Cover Peep and Egg Cover

Nanobots by Chris Gall

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan

The Thank You Book Cover

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems



The Ant and the Grasshopper (Sommer-Time Story Classic Series Book 13) Duck on a Tractor Cover

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Carl Sommer, illustrated by Ignacio Noe

Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon

The Hole Story of the Doughnut Cover Noodlehead Nightmares Cover

The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Noodlehead Nightmares by Tedd Arnold

Once Upon an Elephant Cover Whoosh! Cover

Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate

Wolf Camp Cover

Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill



Booked Cover Fuzzy Cover

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

Garvey's Choice Cover Hilo Cover

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Maker Lab Cover The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1 Cover

Maker Lab by Jack Challoner

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Rachel Renee Russell

Wet Cement Cover

Wet Cement by Bob Raczka



A Court of Mist and Fury Cover Crooked Kingdom Cover

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Crown Cover Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) Cover

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

The Sun Is Also a Star Cover This Is Where It Ends Cover

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

A Torch Against the Night Cover

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir