2020 Lambda Literary Award Winners

Vanity Fair has the news of the winners of the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards. The awards are given in a wide variety of categories, one of which is specifically for children’s and YA books. You can see all of the finalists in my previous post about the award. Here are the winners in the youth category:


Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow


The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The winners of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced on May 27th during SLJ’s virtual Day of Dialog. A winner and two honor books were selected in each of the three categories. Here are the winners:


Saturday by Oge Mora


King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender


Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan


Birdsong by Julie Flett

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller


Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way written by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Julie Morstad

Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020

Publishers Weekly has released their list of summer reads for the season. They include a list of children’s titles from picture books through YA. Here are the books that they picked:


Hello Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Jules vs. the Ocean by Jessie Sima

Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Outside In by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby

Prairie Days by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Micha Archer

You Matter by Christian Robinson


Chance: Escape from the Holocaust by Uri Shulevitz

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao

Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly


Again Again by E. Lockhart

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer

Parachutes by Kelly Yang

2020 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist

The shortlist for the Australian 2020 Environment Award for Children’s Literature has been announced. Awarded by the Wilderness Society of Australia, the award for children’s nature writing has been around since 1994. Here is the shortlist:

Microbat Mayhem (Eco Rangers, #2)

Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem by Candice Lemon-Scott; illustrated by Aśka

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! by Tim Flannery; illustrated by Sam Caldwell

The Fate of Fausto

The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers

Fauna: Australia's most curious creatures

Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney

A Hollow Is a Home

A Hollow is a Home by Abbie Mitchell; illustrated by Astred Hicks

One careless night

One Careless Night by Christina Booth

One Tree

One Tree by Christopher Cheng; illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Ocean's Revenge (Super Sidekicks, #2)

Super Sidekicks 2: Ocean’s Revenge by Gavin Aung Than


Wilam by Andrew Kelly and Aunty Joy Murphy, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

You Can Change the World

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell; illustrated by Astred Hicks

2020 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Longlists

The longlists for the Australian Booksellers Association’s 2020 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards have been announced. For the first time, the awards will be presented in three categories rather than one title from any category. Shortlists will be announced on June 4th and winners on July 8th.

Here are the longlisted titles in the children’s books of the year category:

All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors

All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell, illus by Jenny Lovlie

As Happy as Here

As Happy As Here by Jane Godwin

Bluey: The Beach: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Bluey: The Beach

Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths by Eddie Woo

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!

Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing by Tim Flannery, illus by Sam Caldwell

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals

Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street: a collection of recipes to share

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala

Mr Chicken All Over Australia

Mr. Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobbs

Sick Bay

Sick Bay by Nova Weetman

The Tiny Star

The Tiny Star by Mem Fox, illus by Freya Blackwood

Young Dark Emu

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe


2020 Children’s Books Ireland Awards

The award announcement ceremony for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards was broadcast online for the first time in the award’s 30-year history. And all of the winners are women! The awards celebrate the best of Irish books for young people. Some of the winners are in the Irish language.



Nóinín by Máire Zepf



Toffee by Sarah Crossan (Published in U.S. in July 2020 as Being Toffee)



The Tide by Ashling Lindsay



Mor agus Muilc 2019 (Hardback)

Mór agus Muilc by Kim Sharkey



The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan (coming to the U.S. in February 2021)

Anna Dewdney Read Together Awards

The winner of the Fourth Annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award has been announced as well as the honor books for 2020. The award is giving to a “picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.” The award is given by Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. Here are the winners:


Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora



Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Everybody Says Meow by Constance Lombardo

Love Is Kind by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Lison Chaperon

Made for Me by Zack Bush, illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis

Welcome Little One by Sandra Magsamen

2020 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

YALSA has announced their Teens’ Top Ten nominees for 2020. The list is a teen choice list where teens nominate and select their favorite books from the year before. The list will be shortened to the official top ten after teens vote online from August 15 through October 12. Winners are announced the following week.

Here are the 25 nominated titles:

#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. Translated by Cathy Hirano

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Illustrated by Frances Castle

Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki. Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Lovely War by Julie Berry

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Los Angeles Times Book Awards

The winners of the 2020 Los Angeles Times Book Awards were announced on their Twitter feed. One of the awards is for YA literature. Here is the winner of that category as well as its list of finalists:


When the Ground Is Hard by Malla Nunn



Butterfly Yellow by Thanhh Lai

Dig by A. S. King

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson