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2020 Awards, Medals and Honors

Scroll down the page to find the lists of selected awards, medals, and honors. 

Check the library catalog for title availability.

For more information on Juvenile Award Winner books, it is recommended  to consult one of the databases.

Just use the links on the Find Information on Juvenile Books page of this guide.

*Note that a number of titles appear in two or more lists as they are winners of multiple awards and honors.

Also note that unless otherwise indicated, the awards are announced in late January of each year the Midwinter meeting of the American Library Association.

  • American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • American Library Association Notable Children’s Books
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Announced late May)
  • Caldecott Medal and Honors
  • Coretta Scott King Book Awards
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children (Announced in May)
  • Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)
  • Green Earth Book Awards
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award
  • Michael L. Printz Award/Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
  • Newbery Medal and Honors
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • Pura Belpré Award and Honors
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors
  • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors
  • USBBY: Outstanding International Book List
  • YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults

* denotes the title was selected as a top ten.

All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick.

All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle.

The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  

Birthday by Meredith Russo

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lai.

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Dig by A. S. King.

The Disasters by M. K. England

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer.

*The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe.

Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams.

*Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis.

*Heroine by Mindy McGinnis.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins.

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S. J. Goslee.

How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters.

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow.

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen.

Internment by Samira Ahmed.

It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories. Ed. by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman.

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg.

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron.

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah.

*Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian.

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali.

*Lovely War by Julie Berry.

The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston.

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen.

Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen.

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

*On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

*Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.

*Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert.

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz.

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

SLAY by Brittney Morris.

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley.

Spin by Lamar Giles.

*The Stars and the Blackness between Them by Junauda Petrus.

Start Here by Trish Doller  

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton.

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool.

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves behind Them All by Laura Ruby.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura.

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi.

We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.

When the Ground Is Hard by Malla Nunn.

Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton.

Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill.

*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books

Younger Readers

Across the Bay. By Carlos Aponte.

Art This Way. By Tamara Shopsin.

At the Mountain's Base. By Traci Sorell. Illus. by Weshoyot Alvitre.

B Is for Baby. By Atinuke. Illus. by Angela Brooksbank,  

The Balcony. By Melissa Castrillón. Illus. by the author.

Bear Came Along. By Richard T. Morris. Illus. by LeUyen Pham.

The Bell Rang. By James E. Ransome. Illus. by the author.

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border. By Mitali Perkins. Illus. by Sara Palacios. 

A Big Bed for Little Snow. By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author.

The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs. By Fiona Robinson. Illus. by the author. 

Brown: My Alter Ego Is a Superhero. By Håkon Øvreås. Illus. by Øyvind Torseter. Tr. by Kari Dickson.

The Book Hog. By Greg Pizzoli. Illus. by the author.

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come. By Sue Macy. Illus. by Stacy Innerst.

Carter Reads the Newspaper. By Deborah Hopkinson. Illus. by Don Tate.

Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! By Cece Bell. Illus. by the author.

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln. by Margarita Engle. Illus. by Rafael López.

Dinosaur Feathers. By Dennis Nolan. Illus. by the author.

Do Fish Sleep? By Jens Rschke. Illus. by Jens Rassmus. Tr. by Belinda Cooper.

Double Bass Blues. By Andrea J. Loney, Illus. by Rudy Gutierrez.

Field Trip to the Moon. By John Hare. Illus. by the author.. 

Firefighters' Handbook. By Meghan McCarthy. Illus. by the author.  

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! By J. E. Morris.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. By Kevin Noble Maillard. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Going Down Home with Daddy. By Kelly Starling Lyons. Illus. by Daniel Minter.

Grandpa's Top Threes. By Wendy Meddour. Illus. by Daniel Egnéus.

Hey, Water! By Antoinette Portis. Illus. by the author.

How to Read a Book. By Kwame Alexander. Illus. by Melissa Sweet.

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Julie Morstad.

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet. By Curtis Manley. Illus. by Jessica Lanan.  

The Last Peach. By Gus Gordon. Illus. by the author

Let's Scare Bear. By Yuko Katakawa. Illus. by the author.

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons. By Laura Purdie Salas. Illus. by Mercè López.

Luca's Bridge/El Puente de Luca. By Mariana Llanos. Illus. by Anna López Real.

The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh. By Supriya Kelkar. Illus. by Alea Marley.

A Map into the World. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illus. by Seo Kim.

Moth. By Isabel Thomas. Illus. by Daniel Egnéus. 

My Footprints. By Bao Phi. Illus. by Basia Tran.

My Grandma and Me. By Mina Javaherbin. Illus. by Lindsey Yankey.  

My Papi Has a Motorcycle. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña.

A New Home. By Tania de Regil. Illus. by the author.

Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time. By Linda Sue Park. Illus. by Brian Pinkney. 

One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller. By Kate Read. Illus. by the author.

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist. By Julie Leung. Illus. by Chris Sasaki. 

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré. By Anika Aldamuy Denise. Illus. by Paola Escobar

Pokko and the Drum. By Matthew Forsythe. Illus by the author.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family. By Ibtihaj Muhammad with S. K. Ali. Illus. by Hatem Aly.

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom. By Teresa Robeson. Illus. by Rebecca Huang.

Saturday. By Oge Mora. Illus. by the author.

Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations. By Kelly Starling Lyons. Illus. by Keith Mallett. 

Small in the City. By Sydney Smith. Illus. by the author.

A Stone Sat Still. By Brendan Wenzel. Illus. by the author. 

Stop! Bot! By James Yang. Illus. by the author.

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home. By Guojing. Illus. by the author.

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. By Eloise Greenfield. Illus. by Ehsan Abdollahi.

Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido De Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove. By Christy Hale. Illus. by the author.

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. By Raúl the Third. Illus. by the author.

What Is Given from the Heart. By Patricia C. McKissack. Illus. by April Harrison.

When Aidan Became a Brother. By Kyle Lukoff. Illus. by Kaylani Juanita.

When Spring Comes to the DMZ. By Uk-Bae Lee. Translated by Chungyon Won and Aileen Won.

Why? By Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Illus. by the author.

Middle Readers

All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World. By Lori Alexander. Illus. by Vivian Mildenberger.

The Beast Player. By Nahoko Uehashi. Illus. by Yuta Onoda. Tr. by Cathy Hirano.

Because of the Rabbit. By Cynthia Lord.

The Bridge Home. By Padma Venkatraman.

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree. By Paola Peretti. Illus. by Carolina Rabei. Tr. by Denise Muir.

Each Tiny Spark. By Pablo Cartaya.
For Black Girls Like Me. By Mariama J. Lockington.

The Forgotten Girl. By India Hill Brown.

Hector: A Boy, a Protest, and the Photograph That Changed Apartheid. By Adrienne Wright. Illus. by the author.

Indian No More. By Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorrell.

It Rained Warm Bread: Moishe Moskowitz's Story of Hope. By Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith. Illus. by Lea Lyon.

Lalani of the Distant Sea. By Erin Entrada Kelly. Illus. by Lian Cho. 

Let 'er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion. By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illus. by Gordon C. James.

Lety Out Loud. by Angela Cervantes.

Pie in the Sky. By Remi Lai. Illus. by the author

Scary Stories for Young Foxes. Christian McKay Heidicker. Illus. by Junyi Wu.

Some Places More Than Others. By Renée Watson.

Stargazing. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author.

Older Readers

Accused! The Trials of the Scottsboro Boys: Lies, Prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment. By Larry Dane Brimner.

All the Greys on Greene Street. By Laura Tucker. Illus. by Kelly Murphy. 

Beverly, Right Here. By Kate DiCamillo.  

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race across America. By Steve Sheinkin. Illus. by Bijou Karman.

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany. By Andrew Maraniss. 

Genesis Begins Again. By Alicia D. Williams.

I Can Make This Promise. By Christine Day.

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States for Young People. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace. By Ashley Bryan. Illus. by the author.

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks. By Jason Reynolds.

Maybe He Just Likes You. By Barbara Dee.

New Kid. By Jerry Craft. Illus. by the author.

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir. By Nikki Grimes.

Other Words for Home. By Jasmine Warga.

The Other Half of Happy. By Rebecca Balcárcel.

A Place to Belong. By Cynthia Kadohata. Illus. by Julia Kuo. 

The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in our Food and Drugs. By Gail Jarrow.

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. By Carlos Hernandez.

A Story about Cancer (with A Happy Ending). By India Desjardins. Illus. by Marianne Ferrer.

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers. By Celia C. Pérez

Survivors of the Holocaust: True Stories of Six Extraordinary Children. Ed. by Kath Shackleton. Illus. by Zane Whittingham.

They Called Us Enemy. By George Takei. Illus. by Harmony Becker.  

This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality. By Jo Allen Joyce and Debbie Levy.

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship." By Deborah Heiligman.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. By Kwame Mbalia.

Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up. By Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman. Illus. by Heather Corinna

We Are Displaced. By Malala Yousafzai.

Where the Heart Is. By Jo Knowles.

Words on Fire. By Jennifer Nielsen.

The Year We Fell from Space. By Amy Sarig King.

All Ages

I Remember: Poems and Pictures of Heritage. Ed. by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Liberty Arrives!: How America's Grandest Statue Found Her Home. By Robert Byrd. Illus. by the author. 

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King and the Speech that Inspired a Nation. By Barry Wittenstein. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War. By Duncan Tonatiuh. Illus. by the author.

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Ed. by Miranda Paul. Illus. by Marlena Myles.

The Undefeated. By Kwame Alexander. Illus. by Kadir Nelson

You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks. By Evan Turk. Illus. by the author.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards


Saturday written and illustrated by Oge Mora


King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender


Infinite Hope by Ashley Bryan


Pokko and the drum by Matthew Forsythe

Birdsong by Julie Flett


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller


It began with a page by Kyo Maclear

Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grime

Caldecott Medal and Honors


The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander


Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris

Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney

Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award Winner

New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft

Illustrator Award Winner

The Undefeated  illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Kwame Alexander

Author Honors

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Illustrator Honors

The Bell Rang illustrated by written by James E. Ransome

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

Sulwe illustrated by Vashti Harrison written by Lupita Nyong’o

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams 

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator)

What Comes from the Heart by April Harrison

Edgar Allan Poe Award - Children

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught



Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)

Bloom. By Kevin Panetta. Art by Savanna Ganucheau.

Cosmoknights: Book One. By Hannah Templer. Art by the author.

I Was Their American Dream: a Graphic Memoir. By Malaka Gharib. Art by the author.

Kiss Number 8. By Colleen AF Venable. Art by Ellen T. Crenshaw.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. By Mariko Tamaki. Art by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell.

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom. By David F. Walker. Art by Damon Smyth, Marissa Louise.

Pumpkinheads. By Rainbow Rowell. Art by Faith Erin Hicks.

Simon & Louise. By Max de Radiguès. Art by the author.

They Called Us Enemy. By George Takei and Justin Eisinger. Art by Harmony Becker.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vols. 1, 2 and 3. By Kamome Shirahama. Art by the author.

Green Earth Book Awards

Picture Book – 

Mario and the Hole in the Sky, How a Chemist Saved Our Planet, written by Elizabeth Rusch

Children’s Fiction –

Out of My Shell, written by Jenny Goebel

Young Adult Fiction –

The Confusion of Laurel Graham, written by Adrienne Kisner

Children’s Nonfiction – 

Giraffe Extinction, written by Tanya Anderson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Brown  written by Håkon Øvreås illustrated by Øyvind Torseter and translated by Kari Dickson.

Michael L. Printz Award/Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature


Dig by A.S. King


The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano

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

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean


Newbery Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft


The Undefeated, written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Scary Stories for Young Foxes, written by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu,

Other Words for Home, written by Jasmine Warga,

Genesis Begins Again, written by Alicia D. Williams

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Award Winner

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation written by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Honor Books

Manhattan: Mapping the story of an island by Jennifer Thermes

Soldier for Equality: José de la luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh

1919: The Year that changed America by Martin W. Sandler

The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs by Gail Jarrow

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Aneka Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar

Pura Belpré Award and Honors

Author Award Winner  

The Poet X, written by Elizabeth Acevedo

Illustrator Award Winner

Dreamers, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Yuyi Morales

Author Honor Book

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, written by David Bowles

Illustrator Honor Books

Islandborn, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, written by Junot Díaz
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, illustrated by Jose Ramirez, written by Michael Mahin

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors

Medal Winner

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, written by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Honor Books

All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World, written by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger   

This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality, written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir, written by Nikki Grimes

Hey, Water! written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

Stop! Bot! written and illustrated by James Yang


Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! written and illustrated by Cece Bell  

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! written and illustrated by J.E. Morris

The Book Hog, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

USBBY: Outstanding International Book List

Preschool–Grade 2

Abadia, Ximo. The Farmer. Trans. by Grace Maccarone & Kelly Loughman. Illus. by the author.

Avingaq, Susan & Vsetula, Maren. The Pencil. Illus. by Charlene Chua

Basil, Krystia. A Sky Without Lines. Illus. by Laura Borràs

Chernysheva, Natalia. The Return. Illus. by the author.

Dekko, Espen. Paws+Edward. Trans. by Kids Can Press. Illus. by Mari Kanstad Johnsen.

Flett, Julie. Birdsong. Illus. by the author.

Iglesias, Juan Pablo. Daniel and Ismail. Trans. by Ilan Stavans, Eliezer Nowodworski, Frieda Press-Danieli, and Randa Sayegh. Illus. by Alex Peris.

Lee, Hyeon-Ju. The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up. llus. by the author.

Meddour, Wendy. Lubna and Pebble. Illus. by Daniel Egnéus.

Ram, Praba & Preuitt, Sheela. Thukpa for All. Illus. by Shilpa Ranade.

Read, Kate. One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller. Illus. by the author.

Tanco, Miguel. Count on Me. Illus. by the author.

Vermette, Katherena. The Girl and the Wolf. Illus. by Julie Flett.

Vilela, Fernando. Along the Tapajós. Trans. by Daniel Hahn. Illus. by the author.

Yoshitake, Shinsuke. The Boring Book. Ed. by Naomi Kirsten from translation. Illus. by the author.

Grades 3–5

Abela, Deborah. The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee

Alvarez, Lorena. Hicotea: A Nightlights Story. Illus. by the author.

Blackcrane, Gerelchimeg. The Moose of Ewenki. Trans. by Helen Mixter. Illus. by Jiu Er.

Dahle, Gro. Angryman. Trans. by Tara Chace. Illus by Svein Nyhus

Huson, Brett D. The Grizzly Mother. Illus. by Natasha Donovan.

Hutchinson, Michael. The Case of Windy Lake.

Ørbeck-Nilssen, Constance. Vanishing Colors. Trans. by Kari Dickson. Illus. by Akin Duzakin

Rundell, Katherine. The Good Thieves.

Smith, Heather. The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden. Illus. by Rachel Wada.

Taylor, Sean & the Khayaal Theatre. Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin. Illus. by Shirin Adl

Vafaeian, Marjan. The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi. Trans. by Azita Rassi. Illus. by the author.

Grades 6–8

Argueta, Jorge. Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk. Trans. by Elizabeth Bell. Illus. by Manuel Monroy.

Gourlay, Candy. Bone Talk.

Kadarusman, Michelle. Girl of the Southern Sea.

Litvina, Alexandra. The Apartment: A Century of Russian History. Trans. by Antonina W. Bouis. Illus. by Anna Desnitskaya

Mello, Roger. Charcoal Boys. Trans. by Daniel Hahn. Illus. by the author

Polak, Monique. The Taste of Rain.

Ross, Alisa. The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women. Illus. by Amy Blackwell.

Strange, Lucy. Our Castle by the Sea.

Vecchini, Silvia. The Red Zone: An Earthquake Story. Trans. by Anna Barton. Illus. by Sualzo.

Grades 9–12

Adams, K. C. Perception: A Photo Series. Illus. by the author.

Fried, Hédi. Questions I Am Asked About the Holocaust.Trans. by Alice E. Olsson.

Kwaymullina Ambelin & Kwaymullina, Ezekiel. The Things She’s Seen.

Magnason, Andri Snær. The Casket of Time. Trans. by Björg Árnadóttir & Andrew Cauthery.

Petreca, Guilherme. Ye. Trans. by Andrea Rosenberg. Illus. by the author.

Sedgwick, Marcus & Sedgwick, Julian. Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black. Illus. by Alexis Deacon.

Various authors. This Place: 150 Years Retold. Illus. by various artists.

YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Free Lunch, written by Rex Ogle


The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance, written and illustrated by Lynn Curlee

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust, written by Albert Marrin

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II, written by Elizabeth Wein

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children's Ship", written by Deborah Heiligman