2021 Youth Book Prize for Social Justice Shortlist

Goddard Riverside and the Children’s Book Council have announced the shortlist for the 2021 Goddard Riverside / CBC Young People’s Book Prize for Social Justice. The award “recognizes nonfiction books for children and teens related to urban life and issues that support values such as community, equality, opportunity, mutual understanding, respect, caring, and justice.” The winning book will be announced on October 18th. Here are the titles on the shortlist:

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Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution by De Nichols

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Concrete Kids by Amyra Leon, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

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Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpre Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette bay Pimentel, illustrated by Magaly Morales

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Something Happened in Our Park: Standing Together after Gun Violence by Ann Hazzard, Marietta Collins, and Marianne Celano, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

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Tani’s New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness in America by Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi, illustrated by Courtney Dawson

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Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alverez by Larry Dane Brimner, illustrated by Maya Gonzalez

National Book Award Finalists

The Finalists for the 2021 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature have been announced by the National Book Foundation. The five finalists are mostly first-time nominees with the exception of Kekla Magoon who has received her second nomination. Here are the finalists:

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

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The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor

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Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

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Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

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Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

2021 Kids’ Book Choice Award Finalists

Every Child a Reader has rebranded their annual awards into the Kids’ Book Choice Awards with new categories. The awards are voted on by children with voting currently open until November 14th. Here are the finalists in each category:

BEST PICTURE BOOK DUO (AGE 3-8)

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Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Felicia Marshall

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Click Clack, Good Night by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

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The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara, illustrated by Christine Battuz

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How Do Dinosaurs Show Good Manners? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague

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Lift by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat

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The Merry Christmas Mittens by Sarah Janco, illustrated by Blayne Fox

BEST PICTURE BOOK PAGE (AGE 3-8)

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All Along the River by Magnus Weightman

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

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The Alphabet’s Alphabet by Chris Harris, illustrated by Dan Santat

Cover for Arlo the Lion Who Couldn't Sleep

Arlo the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner

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Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone by Denise Turu

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How to Spot an Artist by Danielle Krysa

FAVORITE EARLY READER SERIES

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Billie B. Brown Series by Sally Rippin, illustrated by Aki Fukuoka

Cover for I'm On It! (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!)

Elephant and Piggie Like Reading Series by Ryan T. Higgins and Mo Willems

Cover for A Feel Better Book for Little Poopers

Feel Better Books Series by Leah Bowen and Holly Brochmann, illustrated by Shirley Ng

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Little People, Big Dreams Series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Sophie Beer

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Little Monster Series by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by Bonnie Leick

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The Magnificent Makers Series by Theanne Griffith, illustrated by Reggie Brown

FAVORITE ILLUSTRATED CHARACTER

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Bentley Bee from Bee Heartful by Frank J. Sileo, illustrated by Claire Keay

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Little Blue Truck from Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

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Nibbles the Book Monster from Nibbles: Colors by Emma Yarlett

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Ms. Johnson from The Noisy Classroom by Angela Shante, illustrated by Alison Hawkins

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Old Dog from This Old Dog by Martha Brockenbrough, illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo

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The Princess in Black from The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: K-2ND GRADE

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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

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Every Color of Light by Hiroshi Osada, illustrated by Ryoji Arai

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I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

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I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

BEST BOOK OF FACTS (AGE 8-12)

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50 Adventures in the 50 States by Kate Siber, illustrated by Lydia Hill

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Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Hudson, illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

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Hop To It: Poems to Get You Moving by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, illustrated by Franzi Paetzold

Cover for I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast

I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast by Michael Holland, illustrated by Phillip Giordano

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Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments by Kate Biberdorf

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A Search for the Northern Lights by Elizabeth and Izzi Rusch, illustrated by Cedar Lee

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL (AGE 8-12)

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Big Nate: The Gerbil Ate My Homework by Lincoln Pierce

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Class Act by Jerry Craft

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InvestiGators by John Patrick Green

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Max Meow: Cat Crusader by John Gallagher

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Camping with Unicorns by Dana Simpson

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When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

FAVORITE AUTHOR (AGE 8-12)

Chris Grabenstein

Jeff Kinney

Dav Pilkey

Jason Reynolds

Rick Riordan

Trudi Trueit

Jacqueline Woodson

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: 3RD-4TH GRADE

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Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

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Girl on a Motorcycle by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Julie Morstad

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Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

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The Paper Boat by Thao Lam

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Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

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Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: 5TH-6TH GRADE

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

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Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

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Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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Once Upon an Eid edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

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Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright

BEST FANTASY WORLD BUILDING (AGE 12-18)

Cassandra Clare

Suzanne Collins

Helena Dahlgren

Melissa de la Cruz

Sabaa Tahir

F.C. Yee

FAVORITE BOOK COVER (AGE 12-18)

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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

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Camper Girl by Glenn Erick Miller

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Fangs by Sarah Anderson

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

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What If…? by Carrie Turley, illustrated by Lara Law

FAVORITE TRUE STORY (AGE 12-18)

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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

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Blood and Germs: The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease by Gail Jarrow

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Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Veronica Chambers

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No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley

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This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

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We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Deborah Hopkinson

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: TEEN

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

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Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

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The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Winter/Spring 2022 Indies Introduce Titles

The American Booksellers Association has announced their picks for the Winter/Spring 2022 Indies Introduce program. The books selected by booksellers across the country are focused on debut titles. There is both an adult and kids list. Here are the titles on the 2022 Kids’ Debuts list:

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And We Rise by Erica Martin

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Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdom by Jamar Perry

A Comb of Wishes

A Comb of Wishes by Lisa Stringfellow

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Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

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Hide and Geek by T. P. Jagger

Love Radio

Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao

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A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

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The Way I Say It by Nancy Tandon

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What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat

Diverse Book Awards Shortlist 2021

The Author School has announced the shortlist for The Diverse Book Awards 2021. The books highlight the best diverse books published in the UK during 2020. The awards are open only to UK-based authors. Here are the shortlists for the Children’s and Young Adults categories:

CHILDREN’S

Baller Boys

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

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Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola

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Do You Know Me? by Rebecca Westcott, Libby Scott

Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad and Henry White, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

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Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

Windrush Child

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas

YOUNG ADULTS

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

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Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu

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Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

Eight Pieces of Silva

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Hideous Beauty

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

Run, Rebel

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

Wonderland

Wonderland by Juno Dawson

2021 Kirkus Prize Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers have been announced. The finalists are selected from books published between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021 that have received a Kirkus star. Two finalists are selected in each age group. Here are the selected titles:

PICTURE BOOKS

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Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

MIDDLE GRADE

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Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

YOUNG ADULT

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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

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The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

2021 Shortlists for the CCBC Book Awards

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has announced the shortlists for their 2021 awards. This is the first year for the Jean Little First-Novel Award. Here are the shortlisted titles in each of the English-language categories:

TD CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AWARD

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The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers

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The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

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A Beginner’s Guide to Goodbye by Melanie Mosher

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Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

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When Emily Was Small by Lauren Soloy

MARILYN BAILLIE PICTURE BOOK AWARD

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The Barnabus Project by the Fan Brothers

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Golden Threads by Suzanne Del Rizzo, illustrated by Miki Sato

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Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

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Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, illustrated by Maya McKibbin

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Weekend Dad by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Frank Viva

NORMA FLECK AWARD FOR CANADIAN CHILDREN’S NONFICTION

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111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh, illustrated by Marianne Ferrer

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Crows: Genius Birds (Science Comics) by Kyla Vanderklugt

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The Eagle Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrated by Natasha Donovan

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Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon

GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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Barry Squires, Full Tilt by Heather Smith

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The Brushmaker’s Daughter by Kathy Kacer

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Journal of a Travelling Girl by Nadine Neema, illustrated by Archie Beaverho

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The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor

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Under Amelia’s Wing by Heather Stemp

AMY MATHERS TEEN BOOK AWARD

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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

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Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather

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Followers by Raziel Reid

Cover for He Must Like You

He Must Like You by Danielle Young-Ullman

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The Silence of Bones by June Hur

JEAN LITTLE FIRST-NOVEL AWARD

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Journal of a Travelling Girl by Nadine Neema, illustrated by Archie Beaverho

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My Name Is Konisola by Alisa Siegel

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No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

2021 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced. Five finalists will be selected from this list and announced on October 5th with the winner announced on November 17th. Here are the ten longlisted titles:

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

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Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Cover for The Legend of Auntie Po

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor

Cover for Me (Moth)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Cover for The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

Cover for Revolution in Our Time

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

Cover for A Snake Falls to Earth

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

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Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards

The Children’s Book Council of Australia have announced the winners of their annual book awards. The awards are given in a variety of age categories and offer a winner as well as honor books in each category. Here are the winning books:

OLDER READERS

WINNER

The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell

HONOR BOOKS

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore

Where We Begin

Where We Begin by Christie Nieman

YOUNGER READERS

WINNER

Aster's Good, Right Things

Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon

HONOR BOOKS

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty, illustrated by Kelly Canby

Worse Things

Worse Things by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Sarah Davis

EARLY CHILDHOOD

WINNER

No! Never! A Cautionary Tale

No! Never! by Libby Hathorn & Lisa Hathorn-Jarman, illustrated by Mel Pearce

HONOR BOOKS

Anemone is not the Enemy

Anemone Is Not the Enemy by Anna McGregor

We Love You, Magoo

We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart

PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

WINNER

How to Make a Bird

How to Make a Bird illustrated by Matt Ottley, written by Meg McKinlay

HONOR BOOKS

Not Cute

Not Cute by Philip Bunting

Your Birthday was the BEST!

Your Birthday Was the Best! illustrated by Felicita Sala, written by Maggie Hutchings

THE EVE POWNALL AWARD (NONFICTION)

WINNER

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu

Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman, illustrated by Liz Anelli

HONOR BOOKS

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dangerous Animals by Sami Bayly

Strangers on Country

Strangers on Country by David Hartley & Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Dub Leffler

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATOR

This Small Blue Dot

This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder