2020 Award Winners*

 

New Kid by Jerry Craft (Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Book Award)

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (Pura Belpré Award)

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly (Schneider Family Book Award)

Dig by A.S. King (Printz Award)

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle (YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction)

White Bird by R.J. Palacio (Sydney Taylor Book Award)

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei (Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult)

Stargazing by Jen Wang (Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Children’s Literature)

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent)

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman (Walter Dean Myers Award)

 

Past Award Winners*

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (National Book Award, Printz Award, Pura Belpré Award, and Walter Dean Myers Award)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (2016 Newbery Medal)

The Unwanted by Don Brown (YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction)

A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield (Coretta Scott King Award)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2000 Printz Award)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (William C. Morris YA Debut Award)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Newbery Medal)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2018 Walter Dean Myers Award)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Walter Dean Myers Award)

Esperanza Rising by Pamela Muñoz Ryan (2002 Pura Belpré Award)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014 National Book Award)

 

New Modern Classics for Keen Young Readers

Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Race to the Sun by Rachel Roanhorse

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

 

Compelling Nonfiction for More Mature Readers*

March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Astronauts by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Americanized by Sara Saedi

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

 

Popular Graphic Novels*

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

March by John Lewis

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

 

* These award winning books contain a range of themes, with some suitable for older children and young adults only. Parental discretion is advised to make sure the content is suitable for your child.