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2022 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.

Ace of Spades. By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé.  

Amari and the Night Brothers. By B.B. Alston.

American Betiya. By Anuradha D. Rajurkar.

The Awakening of Malcolm X. By Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson.

The Barren Grounds. By David A. Robertson. 2020.

Beasts of Prey. By Ayana Gray.

*Blackout. By Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon.

The Block. By Ben Oliver.

Bluebird. By Sharon Cameron.

*The City Beautiful. By­­ Aden Polydoros.

*Concrete Rose. By Angie Thomas.

The Corpse Queen. By Heather M. Herrman.

The Cost of Knowing. By Brittney Morris.

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. By Laura Taylor Namey. 2020.

Curses. By Lish McBride.

The Darkness outside Us. By Eliot Schrefer.

Don't Hate the Player. By Alexis Nedd.

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love. By Jared Reck.

Dustborn. By Erin Bowman.

*Electric Kingdom. By David Arnold.

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. By Joya Goffney.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega. By Crystal Maldonado.

Fierce as the Wind. By Tara Wilson Redd.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun. By Jonny Garza Villa.

*Firekeeper's Daughter. By Angeline Boulley.

The Forest of Stolen Girls. By June Hur.

Gilded. By Marissa Meyer.

The Girls I’ve Been. By Tess Sharpe.

The Great Bear.

The Heartbreak Bakery. By A.R. Capetta.

Hold Back the Tide. By Melinda Salisbury.

Home Is Not a Country. By Safia Elhillo.

*How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe. By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland.

Hunting by Stars. By Cherie Dimaline.

Hurricane Summer. By Asha Bromfield.

*In the Wild Light. By Jeff Zentner.

Indestructible Object. By Mary McCoy.

Indivisible. By Daniel Aleman.

The Initial Insult. By Mindy McGinnis.

Kate in Waiting. By Becky Albertalli.

Kneel. By Candace Buford.

*Last Night at the Telegraph Club. By Malinda Lo.

The Life I’m In. By Sharon G. Flake.

Like Other Girls. By Britta Lundin.

List of Ten. By Halli Gomez.

*Little Thieves. By Margaret Owen.

Love in English. By Maria E. Andreu.  

Luck of the Titanic. By Stacey Lee.

Margot Mertz Takes It Down. By Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy.

*Me (Moth). By Amber McBride.

The Mirror Season. By Anna-Marie McLemore.

Mister Impossible. By Maggie Stiefvater.

My Contrary Mary. By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

Not My Problem. By Ciara Smyth.

Off the Record. By Camryn Garrett.

One of the Good Ones. By Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite.

*The Ones We’re Meant to Find. By Joan He.

The Other Merlin. By Robyn Schneider.

The Other Side of Perfect. By Mariko Turk

Perfect on Paper. By Sophie Gonzales.

Perfectly Parvin. By Olivia Abtahi

Pumpkin. By Julie Murphy.

The River Has Teeth. By Erica Waters.

Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America. Edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter.

She Drives Me Crazy. By Kelly Quindlen

A Sitting in St. James. By Rita Williams-Garcia.

Six Crimson Cranes. By Elizabeth Lim.

The Sky Blues. By Robbie Couch.

A Snake Falls to Earth. By Darcie Little Badger.

Some Girls Do. By Jennifer Dugan.

Somewhere between Bitter and Sweet. By Laekan Zea Kemp.

Starfish. By Lisa Fipps.

Sugar Town Queens. By Malla Nunn.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. By Wai Chim. 2020.

Sway with Me. By Syed M. Masood.

Switch. By A.S. King.

This Poison Heart. By Kalynn Bayron.

This Will Be Funny Someday. By Katie Henry.

The Way Back. By Gavriel Savit. 2020.

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire. By Joy McCullough.

What About Will. By Ellen Hopkins

What Beauty There Is. By Cory Anderson.

When We Make It. By Elisabet Velasquez.

Where the Rhythm Takes You. By Sarah Dass

 Who I Was with Her. By Nita Tyndall. 2020.

 With You All the Way. By Cynthia Hand.

The Words in My Hands. By Asphyxia.

Year of the Reaper. By Makiia Lucier

Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger. By Margarita Engle.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Books

Younger Readers

Alaina and the Great Play. By Eloise Greenfield. Illus. by Colin Bootman.

Amira’s Picture Day. By Reem Faruqi. Illus. by Fahmida Azim.

Areli Is a Dreamer. By Areli Morales. Illus. by Luisa Uribe

Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends. By Norm Feuti. Illus. by the author

The Big Bath House. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Gracey Zhang.

Bodies Are Cool. By Tyler Feder. Illus. by the author.

Boogie Boogie, Y’all. By C. G. Esperanza. Illus. by the author.

Bright Star. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author.

Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost. By Betina Birkjær. Illus. by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard. Tr. by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov.

Coquí in the City. By Nomar Perez. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Farah Perez.

The Cot in the Living Room. By Hilda Eunice Burgos. Illus. by Gaby D’Alessandro.

A Day for Rememberin': Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day. By Leah Henderson. Illus. by Floyd Cooper.

Don’t Hug Doug: (He Doesn’t Like It). By Carrie Finison. Illus. by Daniel Wiseman.

Dream Street. By Tricia Elam Walker. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.

Except Antarctica. By Todd Sturgell. Illus. by the author.

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners. By Joanna Ho. Illus. by Dung Ho.

The First Blade of Sweetgrass: A Native American Story. By Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey. Illus. by Nancy Baker.

Fox at Night. By Corey R. Tabor. Illus. by the author.

From the Tops of the Trees. By Kao Kalia Yang. Illus. by Rachel Wada.

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem. By Colleen Paeff. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? By Shawn Harris. Illus. by the author.

I Am Smoke. By Henry Herz. Illus. by Mercè López.

I Dream of Popo. By Livia Blackburne. Illus. by Julia Kuo.

I Hop: An I Like to Read® Book. By Joe Cepeda. Illus. by the author.

I Sang You Down from the Stars. By Tasha Spillett-Sumner. Illus. by Michaela Goade

In the Meadow of Fantasies. By Hadi Mohammadi. Illus. by Nooshin Safakhoo. Tr. by Sara Khalili.

In My Mosque. By M.O. Yuksel. Illus. by Hatem Aly.

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. By Stephen Costanza. Illus. by the author.

Laxmi’s Mooch. By Shelly Anand. Illus. by Nabi H. Ali

Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens. By Elizabeth Lilly. Illus. by the author. 

The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess. By Tom Gauld. Illus. by the author.

The Longest Storm. By Dan Yaccarino. Illus. by the author.

The Lost Package: A Lot Can Happen Between the Post Office and the Destination. By Richard Ho. Illus. by Jessica Lanan.

May Your Life Be Deliciosa. By Michael Genhart. Illus. by Loris Lora.

Mel Fell. By Corey R. Tabor. Illus. by the author.

Milo Imagines the World. By Matt de la Peña. Illus. by Christian Robinson.

Mornings with Monet. By Barb Rosenstock. Illus. by Mary GrandPré.

The Most Beautiful Story. By Brynjulf Jung Tjønn. Illus. by Øyvind Torseter. Tr. by Kari Dickson.

My First Day. By Phùng Nguyên Quang & Huỳnh Kim Liên. Illus. by the authors.

My Two Border Towns. By David Bowles. Illus. by Erika Meza.

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone. By Traci N. Todd. Illus. by Christian Robinson.

Not Little. By Maya Myers. Illus. by Hyewon Yum.

Nothing Fits a Dinosaur. By Jonathan Fenske. Illus. by the author.

Odd Beasts: Meet Nature’s Weirdest Animals. By Laura Gehl. Illus. by Gareth Lucas.

Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World's First Female Rabbi. By Sigal Samuel. Illus. by Vali Mintzi.

Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race. By Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli. Illus. by Isabel Roxas.

Outside, Inside. By LeUyen Pham. Illus. by the author.

Over the Shop. By JonArno Lawson. Illus. by Qin Leng.

The People Remember. By Ibi Zoboi. Illus. by Loveis Wise.

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art. By Cynthia Levinson. Illus. by Evan Turk.

Room for Everyone. By Naaz Khan. Illus. by Mercè López.

Sato the Rabbit. By Yuki Ainoya. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Michael Blaskowsky.

Someone Builds the Dream. By Lisa Wheeler. Illus. by Loren Long.

A Song of Frutas. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Sara Palacios.

Soul Food Sunday. By Winsome Bingham. Illus. by C. G. Esperanza.

Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate. By Melissa Stewart. Illus. by Sarah S. Brannen.

Sunrise Summer. By Matthew Swanson. Illus. by Robbi Behr.

Ten Beautiful Things. By Molly Beth Griffin. Illus. by Maribel Lechuga.

Too Small Tola. By Atinuke. Illus. by Onyinye Iwu.

¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge. By Raúl the Third. Illus. by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay. 

Watercress. By Andrea Wang. Illus. by Jason Chin.

The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation. By Alice B. McGinty. Illus. by Shonto Begay.

What I Am. By Divya Srinivasan. Illus. by the author.

When Lola Visits. By Michelle Sterling. Illus. by Aaron Asis.

Wishes. By Mượn Thị Văn. Illus. by Victo Ngai.

Wonder Walkers. By Micha Archer. Illus. by the author.

Middle Readers

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water. By Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson. Illus. by Nikkolas Smith.

Amari and the Night Brothers. By B. B. Alston.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids. Ed. by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Bad Sister. By Charise Mericle Harper. Illus. by Rory Lucey.

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. By Alda P. Dobbs.

The Beatryce Prophecy. By Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Sophie Blackall.

Borders. By Thomas King. Illus. by Natasha Donovan.

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls. By Kaela Rivera.

Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua. By Gloria Amescua. Illus. by Duncan Tonatiuh

Healer of the Water Monster. By Brian Young

How to Become a Planet. By Nicole Melleby.

How to Find What You’re Not Looking For. By Veera Hiranandani.

The Leak. By Kate Reed Petty. Illus. by Andrea Bell.

The One Thing You’d Save. By Linda Sue Park. Illus. by Robert Sae-Heng.

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt. By Varian Johnson.

Red, White, and Whole. By Rajani LaRocca.

Root Magic. By Eden Royce.

Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge. By Ray Anthony Shepard. Illus. by Keith Mallett.

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch. By Heidi Tyline King. Illus. by Ekua Holmes.

The Sea in Winter. By Christine Day.

Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman. By Sharice Davids and Nancy K. Mays. Illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley.

Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister? By Chitra Soundar. Illus. by Jen Khatun.

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You. By Sonja Cherry-Paul, Jason Reynolds, and Ibram X. Kendi. Illus. by Rachelle Baker.

Starfish. By Lisa Fipps.

Survivor Tree. By Marcie Colleen. Illus. by Aaron Becker.

Temple Alley Summer. By Sachiko Kashiwaba. Illus. by Miho Satake. Tr. by Avery Fischer Udagawa.

Ten Thousand Tries. By Amy Makechnie.

This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth. By Sean Rubin. Illus. by the author.

Too Bright to See. By Kyle Lukoff.

Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. By Jeff Gottesfeld. Illus. by Matt Tavares.

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Floyd

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know. By Traci Sorell. Illus. by Frané Lessac.

Older Readers

Amber and Clay. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Julia Iredale.

Boy, Everywhere. By A. M. Dassu.

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter. By Veronica Chambers. illus.

Dawn Raid. By Pauline Vaeluaga Smith. Illus. by Mat Hunkin

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown. By Steve Sheinkin.

The Genius under the Table: Growing up behind the Iron Curtain. By Eugene Yelchin. Illus. by the author.

The In-Between. By Rebecca K. S. Ansari.

The Last Cuentista. By Donna Barba Higuera.

The Legend of Auntie Po. By Shing Yin Khor. Illus. by the author.

A Place to Hang the Moon. By Kate Albus.

Race Against Time: The Untold Story of Scipio Jones and the Battle to Save Twelve Innocent Men. By Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. illus.

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life. Ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson. illus.

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People. By Kekla Magoon. illus.

Salt Magic. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Rebecca Mock.

Six Crimson Cranes. By Elizabeth Lim.

A Snake Falls to Earth. By Darcie Little Badger.

Thanks a Lot, Universe. By Chad Lucas.

While I Was Away. By Waka T. Brown.

All Ages

Hear My Voice / Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States. By Warren Binford for Project Amplify. illus.

I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story. By Martha Brockenbrough and Grace Lin. Illus. by Julia Kuo

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. By Nikki Grimes. illus.

Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent. By Matthew Burgess. Illus. by Kara Kramer.

¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance that Crossed Color Lines. By Dean Robbins. Illus. by Eric Velasquez

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small. By Jess Wade. Illus. by Melissa Castrillón.

Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. By María José Ferrada. Illus. by María Elena Valdez. Tr. by Lawrence Schimel.

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas. By María García Esperón. Illus. by Amanda Mijangos. Tr. by David Bowles.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards


Ain’t Burned All the Bright written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir


Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert


Moon Pops by Heena Baek; translated by Jieun Kiaer 


Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac 
Borders by Thomas King; illustrated by Natasha Donovan


The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri; photographs by Anna Bosch Miralpeix 
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams; illustrated by Tonya Engel 

Caldecott Medal and Honors


Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang


Have You Ever Seen a Flower? illustrated and written by Shawn Harris

Mel Fell, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

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

Wonder Walkers, illustrated and written by Micha Archer


Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award Winner & Illustrator Award Winner

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

Author Honors

Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

Illustrator Honors

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Traci N. Todd
We Wait for the Sun Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe
Soul Food Sunday illustrated by C.G. Esperanza, written by Winsome Bingham

John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Author)

Me (Moth). By Amber McBride.

Edgar Allan Poe Award

Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez



Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Top Ten (YALSA)

Asadora!. By Naoki Urasawa.
The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History. By David F. Walker. Art by Marcus Kwame Anderson.
Boys Run the Riot. By Keito Gaku.
The Girl from the Sea. By Molly Knox Ostertag.  
The Hazards of Love, v.1: Bright World. By Stan Stanley.  
Himawari House. By Harmony Becker.
Let's Talk About It: The Teen's Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human. By Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.
Nubia: Real One. By L.L. McKinney. Art by Robyn Smith.
Run: Book One. By John Lewis, and Andrew Aydin. Art by L. Fury and Nate Powell.
Solo Leveling. By Chugong. Art by Dubu

Green Earth Book Awards

Picture Book –

The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest by Heather lang

Children’s Fiction –

Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Young Adult Fiction –

Whispering Alaska by Brendan Jones

Children’s Nonfiction –

Climate Action by Georgina Stevens

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

Temple Alley Summer. By Sachiko Kashiwaba. Illus. by Miho Satake. Tr. by Avery Fischer Udagawa.

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


Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley


Concrete Rose By Angie Thomas
Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo
Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People By Kekla Magoon
Starfish By Lisa Fipps

Newbery Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

The Last Cuentista, written by Donna Barba Higuera


Red, White, and Whole, written by Rajani LaRocca
A Snake Falls to Earth, written by Darcie Little Badger
Too Bright to See, written by Kyle Lukoff
Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin


NCTE Orbis Pictus Award/Honors for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Award Winner

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone, Written by Traci N. Todd, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Honor Books

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and The Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin
Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers
Unbound: The Life & Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Seet, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Pura Belpré Award and Honors

Author Award Winner  

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higurea

Illustrator Award Winner

¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge by Raul the Third

Author Honor Book

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs

Child of the Flower-Song People by Gloria Amescua

De aquí como el coquí by Nomar Perez

Illustrator Honor Books

Boogie Boogie, Y'all by C.G. Esperanza

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

De aquí como el coquí by Nomar Perez

May Your Life be Deliciosa by Loris Lora

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award/Honors

Medal Winner

The People's Painter by Cynthia Levinson

Honor Books

The Great Stink by Colleen Paeff

Fallout by Steve Sheinkin

We Are Still Here! by Traci Sorell

Summertime Sleepers by Melissa Stewart

Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatheford

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

Medal Winner

Fox at Night by Corey R. Tabor


Beak & Ally: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti

I Hop by Joe Cepeda

Nothing Fits a Dinosaur by Jonathan Fenske

USBBY: Outstanding International Book List

Preschool–Grade 2

Atinuke. Too Small Tola. Illus. by Onyinye Iwu.

Baek, Heena. Moon Pops. Trans. from Korean by Jieun Kiaer. Illus. by author.

Flett, Julie. We All Play/ Kimêtawânaw. Trans. by The Cree Literacy Network. Illus. by author.

Kontoleon, Anna and Kontoleon, Manos. Comings and Goings. Illus. by Fontini Tikkou.

Lam, Thao. Thao. Illus. by author.

Larsen, Marit. Agnes’s Place. Trans. from Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Illus. by Jenny Løvlie.

Luby, Brittany. Mii Maanda Ezhi-Gkendmaanh: This Is How I

Know. Trans. from Anishinaabemowin by Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere. Illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley.

Morgan, Sally. Little Bird's Day. Illus. by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr.

Motum, Markus. Ducks Overboard! A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans. Illus. by author.

Pearson, Debora. My Words Flew Away Like Birds. Illus. by Shrija Jain.

Perrin, Clotilde. Inside the Suitcase. Trans. from French by Daniel Hahn. Illus. by author.

Robert, Nadine. On the Other Side of the Forest. Trans. from French by Paula Ayer. Illus. by Gérard Dubois.

Soundar, Chitra. Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister? Illus. by Jen Khatun.

Grades 3–5

Abery, Julie. Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory. Illus. by Chris Sasaki.

Ahn, Angela. Peter Lee's Notes from the Field. Illus. by Julie Kwon.

Atinuke. Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country. Illus. by Mouni Feddag.

Birkjær, Betina. Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost. Trans. from Danish by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov. Illus. by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard.

Böge, Dieter. 189 Canaries. Trans. from German by Laura Watkinson. Illus. by Elsa Klever.

Boivin, Lisa. We Dream Medicine Dreams. Illus. by author.

Buitrago, Jairo. Wounded Falcons. Trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. Illus. by Rafael Yockteng.

Carmona, Hannah. Anita and the Dragons. Illus. by Anna Cunha Lantana.

Fried, Hédi. The Story of Bodri. Trans. from Swedish by Linda Schenck. Illus. by Stina

Fontaine, Valérie. The Big Bad Wolf in my House. Trans. from French by Shelley Tanaka. Illus. by Nathalie Dion.

Hrab, Naseem. The Sour Cherry Tree. Illus. by Nahid Kazemi.

Manrique, María Eugenia. The Caiman. Trans. From Spanish by Amy Brill. Illus. by Ramón París.

Morstad, Julie. Time is a Flower. Illus. by author.

Pang, Hannah. Seasons: A Year in Nature. Illus. by Clover Robin.

Raúf, Onjali Q. The Star Outside my Window. Illus. by Pippa Curnick.

Osada, Hiroshi. Almost Nothing, yet Everything: A Book about Water. Trans. from Japanese by David Boyd. Illus. by Ryōji Arai.

Waters, Fiona. Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year. Illus. by Britta Teckentrup.

Grades 6–8

Cheng, Eugenia. Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries: Ten Interactive Adventures in Mathematical Wonderland. Illus. by Aleksandra Artymowska.

Fung, Rosena. Living with Viola. Illus. by author.

Kuzki, Shaw. Soul Lanterns. Trans. from Japanese by Emily Balistrieri.

Mckay, Hilary. The Swallows’ Flight.

Poulin, Andrée. Burying the Moon. Illus. by Sonali Zohra.

Romanyshyn, Romana and Lesiv, Andriy. How War Changed Rondo. Trans. from Ukrainian by Oksana Lushchevska. Illus. by authors

Grades 9–12

Aisato, Lisa. All the Colors of Life. Trans. from Norwegian by Olivia Lasky. Illus. by author.

Boulerice, Simon. Carry On: Poetry by Young Immigrants. Trans. from French by Susan Ouriou. Illus. by Rogé.

Chim, Wai. Freedom Swimmer.

Kessler, Liz. When the World Was Ours.

Kinew, Wab. Walking in Two Worlds.

Letria, José Jorge. War. Trans. from Portuguese by Elisa Amado.Illus. by André Letria.


YALSA Award and Finalists for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Ambushed! by Gail Jarrow


Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert

From a Whisper to a Rally Cry by Paula Yoo

In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers by Don Brown

The Woman All Spies Fear by Amy Butler Greenfield