Kids’ Indie Next List Summer 2020

IndieBound has announced their Indie Next List that is focused on children’s books coming out this summer. The recommendations come from independent booksellers across the country.  They include specific lists for ages four through teen. Here is their Top Ten list for the summer:

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox

Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay

Soaked! by Abi Cushman

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

2020 CILIP Medal Winners

The winners of the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. These are the UK’s oldest book awards for literature for young people. Visit the award website to learn more about the winners and read their statements.

CARNEGIE MEDAL

Lark

Lark by Anthony McGowan

 

KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL (for illustration)

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

2020 Eisner Award Nominees

Comic-Con has announced the nominees for the 2020 Eisner Awards, which celebrate comics and graphic novels. The awards are given in 31 categories. Here are the ones specifically for younger audiences:

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS

Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti

Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur by John Patrick Green

The Pigeons HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems

A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse by Frank Viva

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third

Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS

Akissi: More Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey

Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Also nominated for Best Writer/Artist)

New Kid by Jerry Craft

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

The Wolf in Underpants by Wilfrid Lupano, Mayana Itoïz, and Paul Cauuet

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (Also nominated for Best Writer and Best Penciller/Inker)

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Also nominated for Best Writer and Best Penciller/Inker)

Penny Nichols by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle (Also nominated for Best Writer)

 

2020 Forest of Reading Winners

The Canadian Broadcast Company has announced the winners of the 2020 Forest of Reading. The winners were selected by over 110,000 readers across Canada. I posted on the nominees last week. The winners are:

BLUE SPRUCE AWARD

That's Not Hockey!

That’s Not Hockey by Andree Poulin, illustrated by Felix Girard

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS AWARD

Megabat (Megabat #1)

Megabat by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich

 

SILVER BIRCH FICTION

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1)

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

 

YELLOW CEDAR AWARD

Too Young to Escape

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family
by Van Ho & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

 

RED MAPLE AWARD

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

 

WHITE PINE AWARD

Sadie

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Forest of Reading Awards

The 2020 Forest of Reading Award finalists have been announced. Each year, students across Canada vote for their favorite title to select the winner. The winners will be announced on June 16th in an online children’s book festival hosted by the CBC. Here are the awards and their respective finalists:

BLUE SPRUCE AWARD (picture books for K-2)

Emma's Gems

Emma’s Gems by Anne Renaud & Leanne Franson

Giraffe and Bird Together Again

Giraffe & Bird Together Again by Rebecca Bender

The Magic Boat

Magic Boat by Katherine Farris & Kit Pearson, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

Me, Toma & the Concrete Garden by Andrew Larson, illustrated by Anne Villeneuva

Mustafa

Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay

A Plan for Pops

A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

The Reptile Club

Reptile Club by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Elina Ellis

Sleep, Sheep!

Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Lyn Sparrow, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault

Sloth at the Zoom

Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Orbie

That's Not Hockey!

That’s Not Hockey by Andree Poulin, illustrated by Felix Girard

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS AWARD (Grages 3-4)

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World

Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photograph that Changed the World by James Gladstone, illustrated by Christy Lundy

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew, illustrated by Joe Morse

Light A Candle/Tumaini Pasipo Na Tumaini

Light a Candle: Tumaini Pasipo Na Tumaini by Godfrey Knongolo and Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell

Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat

Meet Tom Longboat by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas

Megabat (Megabat #1)

Megabat by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich

The Mushroom Fan Club

The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel

Wicked Nix

Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley, illustrated by Jaime Zollars

 

SILVER BIRCH FICTION AWARD (Grades 3-6)

Anyone's Game

Cross Ups: Anyone’s Game by Sylv Chiang, illustrated by Connie Choi

Inkling

Inkling by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith

My Life as a Diamond

My Life as a Diamond by Jenny Manzer

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane, #1)

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Oculum

Oculum by Philippa Dowding

Orange for the Sunsets

Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying

A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Wings of Olympus (Wings of Olympus #1)

Wings of Olympus by Kallie George, illustrated by Fiona Hsieh

Winnie's Great War

Winnie’s Great War by Linsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

 

YELLOW CEDAR AWARD (Nonfiction for Grades 4-8)

Be Prepared!

Be Prepared! The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything
by Frankie MacDonald & Sarah Sawler

Beavers

Beavers by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith

Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

Extreme Abilities: Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science behind Them by Galadriel Watson, illustrated by Cornelia Li

Follow Your Stuff: Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

Follow Your Stuff: What Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get To You? by Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka

Amazing Hockey Stories: Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley Wickenheiser: Amazing Hockey Stories by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illustrated by D.A. Bishop

Highrise: The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers

Highrise: The Towers in the World & The World in the Towers by Katerina Cizek

Hubots: Real-World Robots Inspired by Humans

Hubots: Real-World Robots Inspired by Humans by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alex Ries

Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History

Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History
by Allison Matthews-David & Serah-Marie McMaho, illustrated by Gillian Wilson

My River: Cleaning Up the Lahave River

My River: Cleaning Up the LaHave River by Anne Laurel Carter with Stella Bowles

Too Young to Escape

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family
by Van Ho & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

 

RED MAPLE AWARD (Fiction for Grades 7-8)

Call of the Wraith (The Blackthorn Key, #4)

Call of the Wraith by Kevin Sands

Crush (Berrybrook Middle School, #3)

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova

A Grain of Rice

A Grain of Rice by Nhung Tran-Davies

In the Key of Nira Ghani

In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen

The Light Between Worlds

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

Operatic

Operatic by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiller

Stowaway

Stowaway by Pam Withers

Surviving the City (Surviving the City, #1)

Surviving the City by Tasha Spillet, Illustrated by Natasha Donovan

The Unteachables

The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

 

WHITE PINE AWARD (Fiction for High Schoolers)

All Our Broken Pieces

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

Baggage

Baggage by Wendy Phillips

The Beauty of the Moment

Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

Comics Will Break Your Heart

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers, #1)

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Sadie

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Synchro Boy

Synchro Boy by Shannon McFerran

We Contain Multitudes

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

 

New Zealand Book Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for children and young adults have been announced. The awards are given in a wide variety of categories. Here are the shortlisted titles:

PICTURE BOOK AWARD

Abigail and the birth of the sun

Abigail and the Birth of the Sun, Matthew Cunningham, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins

How Maui Slowed the Sun: Tales From Aotearoa

How Māui Slowed the Sun, written and illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Goody Four-Shoes (Mini Whinny, #2)

Mini Whinny: Goody Four Shoes, Stacy Gregg, illustrated by Ruth Paul

Santa's Worst Christmas

Santa’s Worst Christmas, Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

The Gobbledegook Book

The Gobbledegook Book, Joy Cowley, illustrated by Giselle Clarkson

 

WRIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION ESTHER GLEN AWARD FOR JUNIOR FICTION

#Tumeke!

#Tumeke!, Michael Petherick

Lizard's Tale

Lizard’s Tale, Weng Wai Chan

Moonlight The Unicorn's High Tea Hiccup (Miniwings, #6)

Miniwings Book 6 Moonlight the Unicorn’s High Tea Hiccup, Sally Sutton, illustrated by Kirsten Richards

Prince of Ponies

Prince of Ponies, Stacy Gregg

Time Machine and other stories

Time Machine and other stories, Melinda Szymanik

 

YOUNG ADULT FICTION AWARD

Afakasi Woman

Afakasi Woman, Lani Wendt Young

Aspiring

Aspiring, Damien Wilkins

The History Speech

The History Speech, Mark Sweet

Ursa

Ursa, Tina Shaw

Wynter's Thief

Wynter’s Thief, Sherryl Jordan

 

ELSIE LOCKE AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

Kuwi & Friends Maori Picture Dictionary

Kuwi & Friends Māori Picture Dictionary, written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Pānia Papa

Mophead

Mophead, Selina Tusitala Marsh

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, Ross Calman and Mark Derby, illustrated by Toby Morris, translated by Piripi Walker

The Adventures of Tupaia

The Adventures of Tupaia, Courtney Sina Meredith, illustrated by Mat Tait

Three Kiwi Tales: More fabulous fix-it stories from Wildbase Hospital

Three Kiwi Tales, Janet Hunt

 

RUSSELL CLARK AWARD FOR ILLUSTRATION

Dozer the Fire Cat

Dozer the Fire Cat, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, written by Robyn Prokop

Santa's Worst Christmas

Santa’s Worst Christmas, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, written by Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker

Song of the River

Song of the River, illustrated by Kimberly Andrews, written by Joy Cowley

The Adventures of Tupaia

The Adventures of Tupaia, illustrated by Mat Tait, written by Courtney Sina Meredith

Wildlife of Aotearoa

Wildlife of Aotearoa, illustrated and written by Gavin Bishop

 

WRIGHT FAMILY FOUNDATION TE KURA POUNAMU AWARD (books written completely in te reo Māori)

Arapū Toi

Arapū Toi, Moira Wairama, illustrated by Austin Whincup

Ko Flit, Te Tīrairaka me Ngā Hēki Muna (Flit the Fantail and the Mystery Eggs Maori Edition)

Ko Flit, te Tīrairaka, me ngā Hēki Muna, written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Ngaere Roberts

Nga Hoa Hoihoi o Kuwi (Kuwi's Rowdy Crowd Te Reo Maori Edition)

Ngā Hoa Hoihoi o Kuwi,  written and illustrated by Kat Quin, translated by Pānia Papa

Te Kirihimete i Whakakorea (Santa's Worst Christmas Te Reo Maori Edition)

Te Kirihimete i Whakakorea, Pania Tahau-Hodges  and Bryony Walker, illustrated by Isobel Joy Te Aho-White, translated by Kawata Teepa

Tio Tiamu te Tipia (The Smelly Giant Te Reo Maori Edition)

Tio Tiamu, Kurahau, illustrated by Laya Mutton-Rogers

 

BEST FIRST BOOK AWARD

#Tumeke!

Michael Petherick for #Tumeke!

Lizard's Tale

Weng Wai Chan for Lizard’s Tale

Santa's Worst Christmas

Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (illustrator) for Santa’s Worst Christmas, written by Pania Tahau-Hodges and Bryony Walker

The Day the Plants Fought Back

Belinda O’Keefe for The Day the Plants Fought Back, illustrated by Richard Hoit

The Smelly Giant (Tio Tiamu te Tipua English Edition)

Laya Mutton-Rogers (illustrator) for The Smelly Giant, written by Kurahau

 

 

Readings YA Book Prize 2020 Shortlist

Books+Publishing has the announcement of the shortlist for the 2020 Readings YA Book Prize. The Australian prize is open to authors with a debut or second YA novel. The judges looked for books that were “great YA fiction, had diversity in style and subject matter, and were stories that young people would enjoy.” Here are the shortlisted titles:

Devil’s Ballast by Meg Caddy (published in July 2020 in the United States)

Everywhere, Everything, Everyone

Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

Ghost Bird

Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim (published in November 2020 in the United States)

Take the Shot

Take the Shot by Susan White

2020 Américas Awards

The Américas Awards are awarded by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs to “encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States” as well as to provide recommended titles for classroom use. Here are the 2020 awards that were announced in May:

WINNERS

Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads

Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Sara Palacios

HONORABLE MENTIONS

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

2020 Locus Awards Finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Locus Awards have been announced. The awards are given for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year in a wide variety of categories that include books, magazines, artists, editors and publishers. They have one category specifically for the best YA novel. Here are the finalists in that category:

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer

Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Wicked King by Holly Black