Beyond the Caldecott & the Nobel: Diverse Literary Award Winners 2017

Last year, I compiled a list of the diverse literary award winners I found in a scouring of the internet—and then I decided to make it an annual excursion. We know that diversity in publishing is sadly underrepresented: that, even now, precious few of our books show something close to the world many of us recognize as our own. Thus, while these are hardly the only books out there—and they really aren’t!—these winners of diverse literary awards are an excellent place to start, and a great way to help show publishing that we want (as well as need) diverse books.

We need diverse books for kids, but we also need them for adults, and I’m glad to say that the awards covered here celebrate literature for kids, adults, and everything in between. They run the gamut from popular literature and genre fiction (big genre reader, here) to scholarly works, works in translation (some of them are popular works, too!), and poetry. In short, no matter what your tastes, I think you’ll find at least something here to read.

If I find additional awards before the end of 2017, I will add them. If there are typos or errors (which are, alas, quite likely, since I am the compiler), I will fix them as I notice them—and I apologize in advance. In the meantime, since every book is its own journey—bon voyage! 

American Indian Youth Literature Awards

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards have been presented every two years since 2006; they were presented in 2016 and will be presented again in 2018. They are intended to showcase and celebrate “the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.” I will list the 2016 winners here. All winners, going back to 2006, can be found at the main link.

Picture Book

  • Winner: Little You by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by Julie Flett
  • Honor Book: Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. Nelson

Middle School

  • Winner: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • Honor Book: Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Young Adult

  • Winner: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle
  • Honor Book: Her Land, Her Love by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie

Arab-American Book Award, 2017

The Arab-American Book Award has been presented yearly since 2007 to books celebrating the Arab-American experience. Reading guides are available for some titles. Celebrated titles include adult works (from the scholarly to the popular) as well as works for teens and little folks. Past award winners can be found through the links at the bottom of the main page.

Fiction

  • Winner: The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine
  • Honorable Mention: 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl by Mona Awad

The Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award

  • Winner: Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine by Steven Salaita
  • Honorable Mention: Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt by Hanan Hammad

The George Ellenbogen Poetry Award

  • Winner: Something Sinister by Hayan Charara
  • Honorable Mention: One Hundred Hungers by Lauren Camp
  • Honorable Mention: Hagar Poems by Mohja Kahf

Children/Young Adult

  • Winner: The Treasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun
  • Honorable Mention: The Three Lucys written by Hayan Charara and illustrated by Sara Kahn
  • Honorable Mention: Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat

Batchelder Awards, 2017

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award has been presented yearly since 1968 to outstanding children’s books in English translation. All winners since 1968 can be found here.

Winner

Cry, Heart, But Never Break, written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, and translated from the Dutch by Robert Moulthrop. Published by Enchanted Lion Books.

Honor Books

  • Over the Ocean, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi (1979) and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman. Published by Chronicle Books LLC.
  • As Time Went By, written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the Spanish by Audrey Hall. Published by NorthSouth Books, Inc.
  • The Ballad of a Broken Nose, by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Amelia Bloomer List, 2017

The Amelia Bloomer List, which honors the indomitable early feminist Amelia Bloomer, curates a yearly list of recommended feminist literature for all ages. I will list first the Bloomer List’s Top 10, followed by the entire list, also available here; I also suggest checking out prior years’ lists, accessible from the main page.

Amelia Bloomer List 2017 Top Ten

  • Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland
  • Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat
  • Becoming Unbecoming by Una
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Take It As a Compliment by Maria Stoian
  • Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… And Why by Sady Doyle
  • We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

Amelia Bloomer List: Full

Early Readers

Fiction

  • Bloom by Doreen Cornin & illustrated by David Small
  • Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Women’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar & illustrated by Jen Hill
  • Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins & illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko.

Nonfiction

  • Bessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot by Carol Alexander
  • U.S. Women’s Soccer: Go for Gold! By Aimee Bissonette & illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen
  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh & illustrated by Raúl Colón
  • Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser & illustrated by Leire Salaberria
  • Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang & illustrated by Raúl Colón
  • Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang & illustrated by Jordi Solano
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy & illustrated by C.F. Payne
  • As a Boy by Plan International
  • Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport & illustrated by  Matt Faulkner
  • Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff & illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
  • Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff & illustrated by Hadley Hooper
  • Amelia Earhart by Ma. Isabel Sánchez Vegara & illustrated by Mariadiamantes
  • Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland
  • How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk & illustrated by Valentina Belloni
  • To The Stars! The First American Women to Walk in Space by Carmella Van Vleet and Dr. Kathy Sullivan & illustrated by Nicole Wong
  • The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Steven Salerno

Middle Grade

Fiction

Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

Nonfiction

  • Loretta Lynch: First African American Woman Attorney General by Eric Braun
  • Urban Biologist Danielle Lee by Kari Cornell
  • Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs & illustrated by Sophia Foster-DiMino
  • Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes
  • Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth by Barb Rosenstock & illustrated by Gérard DuBois
  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz & illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl
  • Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World by Rachel Swaby

Young Adult

Fiction

  • Giant Days (vol. 1) by John Allison & illustrated by Lissa Treiman
  • Step Aside, Pops!: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Trouble With Women by Jacky Fleming
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
  • Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
  • Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  • The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
  • Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
  • American Girls by Alison Umminger
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson & illustrated by Adrian Alphona

Nonfiction

  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat
  • We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino
  • Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling
  • Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… And Why by Sady Doyle
  • Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi
  • Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights by Diane Eickhoff
  • CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics edited by Betsy Gomez
  • The V-Word: True Stories About First-Time Sex edited by Amber J. Keyser
  • Women: Body-Positive Art to Inspire and Empower by Carol Rossetti
  • Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samancı
  • Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Take It As a Compliment by Maria Stoian
  • Becoming Unbecoming by Una
  • Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  • Fastpitch: The Untold Story of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game by Erica Westly
  • Reproductive Rights: Who Decides? By Vicki Oransky Wittenstein

Nota bene: many of these books are crossovers—you’ll find them in adult or young adult or middle-grade shelving at your local library.

Américas Award (CLASP), 2017

The Américas Award has been presented yearly since 1993; the next award will be presented in 2018. It celebrates “quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.” All past winners can be found here, and you can peruse this annotated bibliography of 2017 winners (it’s a pdf). Resources for teachers (also useful for librarians and parents!) are available here. You can also follow the Américas Award on Facebook, here.

Winners

  • Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood with illustrations by Sally Wern Comport
  • The Only Road by Alexandra Díaz

Honorable Mentions

  • Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn with illustrations by Irene Luxbacher
  • The Distance Between Us (young readers’ edition) by Reyna Grande

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, 2016-’17

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, aka the APALA Awards, have been presented yearly since 2003. They recognize excellence in literature about Asian/Pacific Americans. Adult and youth literatures are recognized.

Adult Fiction

  • Winner: Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua
  • Honor: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Winner: Picture Bride: Stories by Barbara Kawakami
  • Honor: Changing Season: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm by Mas and Niko Masumoto

Young Adult

  • Winner: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • Honor: Watched by Marina Budhos

Children’s

  • Winner: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Honor: Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway

Picture Book

Winner: Puddle by Hyewon Yum

Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA), 2017

The CABA awards have been presented yearly since 1992. They celebrate the best in literature about Africa for children. Past winners for young children can be found here; past winners for middle graders and teens are available here.

Best Books for Young Children

  • Gizo-Gizo! A Tale from the Zongo Lagoon by Emily Williamson with the students and teachers of the Hassaniyya Quranic School in Cape Coast Ghana
  • The Storyteller by Evan Turk

Best Books for Older Readers

Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid anthology compiled by Equal Education, Muizenberg, South Africa.

Honor Books

  • Aluta by Adwoa Badoe
  • The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
  • The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye by Manu Herbstein

Notable Books

The World Beneath by Janice Warman

Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 2017

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which commemorate Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, have been presented yearly since 1970. A list of past winners can be found here. They honor outstanding work by African-American authors and illustrators.

Author Award

  • Winner: Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (et al) for March: Book Three
  • Honor: as brave as you by Jason Reynolds
  • Honor: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Illustrator Award

  • Winner: Javaka Steptoe, for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Honor: R. Gregory Christie, for Freedom in Congo Square, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Honor: Ashley Bryan, for Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
  • Honor: Jerry Pinkney, for In Plain Sight, by Richard Jackson

John Steptoe Award For New Talent

Winner: Nicola Yoon, for The Sun Is Also A Star

Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita at The Ohio State University

Dolly Gray Children’s Book Award

The Dolly Gray Children’s Book Awards honor books “that appropriately portray individuals with developmental disabilities.” It is presented biennially by the Division on Autism and Other Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. 2016 winners are listed below; 2018 winners will be announced early in the coming year, at the organization’s biennial conference.

2016 Winners

  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  • My Friend Suhana by Shaila Abdullah and Aanyah Abdullah

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards

In keeping with the spirit of the lady for whom they are named, the Jane Addams Book Awards, given yearly since 1953, honor “children’s books that engage young people in thinking creatively about peace, social justice, world community, and racial and gender equity.” Prior award winners can be accessed via several access points, including a limited database (2000-present) and a pdf with every winner since 1953.

Books For Younger Children

  • Winner: Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband
  • Honors Book: First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation On Trial by Susan E. Goodman and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • Honors Book: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Books for Older Children

  • Winner: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren B. Stelson
  • Honor Book: We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
  • Honor Book: Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, 2017

The Ezra Jack Keats Book Award honors outstanding emergent illustrators and authors of children’s books. Since its inception as a yearly award in 1985, it has grown to include the New Illustrator Award (2001) and to include Honor Books in 2012. Previous award winners can be found here.

New Writer Award

  • Winner: Jeri Watts for A Piece of Home.
  • Honor Book: Francesca Sanna for The Journey
  • Honor Book: Stacy McAnulty for Excellent Ed

New Illustrator Award

  • Winner: Micha Archer for Daniel Finds a Poem
  • Honor Book: Francesca Sanna for The Journey
  • Honor Book: Daisy Hirst for The Girl With the Parrot On Her Head

Lambda Literary Award (aka the Lammys), 2017

The Lambda Literary Awards have been awarded yearly since 1989 for excellence in LGBTQ literature. All award winners can be found here. Finalists from 2017 can be found here.

Lesbian Fiction

Winner

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Finalists

  • Bull & Other Stories by Kathy Anderson
  • Tears in the Grass by Lynda A. Archer
  • A Thin Bright Line by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
  • Pretend I’m Your Friend by MB Cashetta
  • The Day After Death by Lynn C. Miller
  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Gay Fiction

Winner

The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine

Finalists

  • The Rope Swing by Jonathan Corcoran
  • What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell
  • Hide by Matthew Griffin
  • Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo
  • Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
  • The Cosmopolitans by Sarah Schulman
  • Moonstone by Sjón

Bisxeual Fiction

Winner

Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith

Finalists

  • Mouth to Mouth by Abigail Child (winner, poetry)
  • When Watched by Leopoldine Core
  • Beautiful Gravity by Martin Hyatt

Bisexual Nonfiction

Winner

Black Dove: Mama, Mi’jo, and Me by Ana Castillo

Finalists

  • I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris by Elizabeth Hall
  • Women in Relationships With Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Sara Lubowitz
  • The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy

Bisexual Poetry

Winner

Mouth to Mouth by Abigail Child

Finalists

None listed (Mouth to Mouth a finalist under Bisexual Fiction).

Transgender Fiction

Winner

Small Beauty by jia qing wilson-yang

Finalists

  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

LGBT Nonfiction

Winner

How to Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France

Finalists

  • Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York by Donald Albrecht with Stephen Vider
  • The Estrangement Principle by Ariel Goldberg
  • Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity by David Grevin
  • Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability by Kristen Hogan
  • Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman
  • Pride & Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City by Jurek Wajdowicz
  • Transgender Nonfiction

Winner

Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China by Lei Ming and Laura Frazey

Finalists

  • You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition by Chase Joynt and Mike Hoolbloom
  • Trunky (Transgender Junky): A Memoir by Samuel Peterson
  • Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism by Julia Serano
  • Outside the XY: Black and Brown Queer Masculinity by Morgan Mann Willis

Lesbian Poetry

Winners (Tie!)

  • play dead by francine j. Harris
  • The Complete Works of Pat Parker edited by Julie R. Enszer

Finalists

  • Storm Queen’s Crown by Stephanie Adams-Santos
  • Night by Etel Adnan
  • Bestiary by Donika Kelly
  • The Old Philosopher by Vi Khi Nao
  • Journal of Ugly Sites by Stacy Szymaszek
  • You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White

Gay Poetry

Winner

Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams

Finalists

  • Trouble the Water by Derrick Austin
  • DIG by Bryan Borland
  • Rapture by Sjohnna McCray
  • The Taxidermist’s Cut by Rajiv Mohabir
  • Primer by Aaron Smith
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
  • The Halo by C. Dale Young

Transgender Poetry

Winner

Reacquainted With Life by KOKUMO

Finalists

  • Sympathetic Little Monster by Cameron Awkward-Rich
  • Safe Space by Jos Charles
  • The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide by Jai Arun Ravine
  • even this page is white by Vivek Shraya

Lesbian Mystery

Winner

Pathogen by Jessica L. Webb

Finalists

  • Final Cut by Lynn Ames
  • Collide-O-Scope by Andrea Bramhall
  • Blood Money Murder by Jessie Chandler
  • Walk-In by T.L. Hart
  • Bury Me When I’m Dead by Cheryl A. Head
  • Under Contract by Jennifer L. Jordan
  • Requiem for Immortals by Lee Winter

Gay Mystery

Winner

Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery by J. Aaron Sanders

Finalists

  • Homo Superiors by L.A. Fields
  • Nights in Berlin by Janice Law
  • Bitter Legacy by Dal MacLean
  • Lay Your Sleeping Head by Michael Nava

Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Winner

The Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde by Dr. Gloria Joseph

Finalists

  • A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby
  • A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain by Christina Crosby
  • I’m Just A Person by Tig Notaro
  • Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier by Joanne Passat

Gay Memoir/Biography

Winner

When We Rise by Cleve Jones

Finalists

  • Proxies by Brian Blanchfield
  • Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs
  • Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
  • Capsid: A Love Song by Joseph Osmundson
  • One Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin by Michael Schrieber
  • Books For Living by Will Schwalbe
  • Cursed Legacy: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann by Frederic Spotts

Lesbian Romance

Winner

The Scorpion’s Empress by Yoshiyuki Ly

Finalists

  • Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert
  • Lost in the Starlight by Kiki Archer
  • Little Lies by Lila Bruce
  • Finding Lizzie by Karma Kingsley
  • The Liberators of Willow Run by Marianne K. Martin
  • Perfect Pairing by Rachel Spangler
  • Coils by Barbara Ann Wright

Gay Romance

Winner

Into the Blue by Pene Henson

Finalists

  • Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon
  • Pansies by Alexis Hall
  • Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry
  • Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh
  • Country by Jeff Mann
  • Rank by Richard Compson Sater
  • Femme by Marshall Thornton

LGBT Erotica

Winner

Soul to Keep by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Finalists

  • Steel and Promise by Alexa Black
  • Skyscraper by Scott Alexander Hess
  • Camp Rewind by Meghan O’Brien
  • Roped In by Marie Sexton and L.A. Witt

LGBT Anthology

Winner

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care by Zena Sharman

Finalists

  • Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry edited by Martha Amore and Lucian Childs
  • Queer by David J. Getsy
  • No Tea, No Shade: New Writings In Black Queer Studies by E. Patrick Johnson
  • ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators from Prism Comics edited by Jon Macy and Tara Madison Avery

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

Winner

Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard

Finalists

  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
  • The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  • Gravity by Juliann Rich
  • Our Chemical Hearts by Chrystal Southerland
  • Beast by Brie Spangler
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

LGBT Drama

Winner

Barbecue/Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara

Finalists

  • Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week by Lois Fine
  • Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne

LGBT Graphic Novels

Winner

Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal by Ed Luce

Finalists

  • Active Voice The Comic Collection: The Real Life Adventures Of An Asian-American, Lesbian, Feminist, Activist And Her Friends by P. Kristen Enos with Heidi Ho; Illustrated by Derek Chua, Leesamarie Croal, Casandra Grullon, Beth Varni, and Dan Parent
  • The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker by Eric Liberge and Arnaud Delalande; translated by David Homel

LGBT SF/F/Horror

Winner

The Devourers by Indra Das

Finalists

  • Lily by Michael Thomas Ford
  • Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston
  • All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
  • Irish Black by David Lennon
  • A Little Queermas Carol by Sassafras Lowrey
  • Style of Attack Report by Ras Mashramani, Rasheedah Phillips, Alex Smith, and M. Eighteen Téllez
  • Kissing Booth Girl by A.C. Wise

LGBT Studies

Winner

Sex Museums: The Politics and Performances of Display by Jennifer Tyburczy

Finalists

  • Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two Spirit Memory by Qwo-Li Driskill
  • Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution by Omar G. Encarnación
  • Melodrama: An Aesthetics of Impossibility by Jonathan Goldberg
  • Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community by Andrew J. Jolivette
  • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From The March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis by Kevin Mumford
  • Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics by Timothy Stewart-Winter
  • Hominturn by Gregory Woods

Lifetime Achievement Honorees

  • Jeanette Winterson
  • Jacqueline Woodson

NAACP Image Awards, 2017

The NAACP Image Awards have been presented yearly since 1967. The winners and nominees listed below are from the 48th Annual Image Awards Ceremony. The 49 Annual NAACP Image Awards Ceremony will take place on Martin Luther King Day (January 15, 2018). Find the Image Awards toolkit here. I list only literary winners but do suggest checking out the entire spread, which can be found here (titles in bold are 2017 winners).

Outstanding Literary Work: Fiction

Winner

The Book of Harlan by Bernice

Nominees

  • The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • The Mother by Yvette Edwards
  • The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Outstanding Literary Work: Nonfiction

Winner

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Finalists

  • Writing on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
  • Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Outstanding Literary Work: Debut Author

Winner

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Finalists

  • United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and on Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker
  • Grace: A Novel by Natashia Déon
  • Carry On by Lisa Fenn
  • Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court by Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

Outstanding Literary Work: Biography/Autobiography

Winner

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Finalists

  • Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji B. Henson
  • Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America by Nathaniel Jones
  • My Life With Earth, Fire, and Water by Herb Powell and Maurice White
  • Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith

Outstanding Literary Work: Instructional

Winner

The Power of Broke: How How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John with Daniel Paisner

Finalists

  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next by LA Reid
  • Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults by Joy M. Scott-Carroll and Anthony Sparks
  • Green Smoothies for Life by JJ Smith

Outstanding Literary Work: Poetry

Winner

Collected Poems: 1974-2004 by Rita Dove

Finalists

  • The Sobbing School by Joshua Bennett
  • The Big Book of Exit Strategies by Jamaal May
  • Counting Descent by Clint Smith
  • Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams

Outstanding Literary Work: Children

Winner

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and illustrated by Colin Bootman

Finalists

  • Daddy’s Little Girl by Karissa Culbreath
  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
  • The Golden Girls of Rio by Nikkolas Smith
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Outstanding Literary Work: Youth/Teens

Winner

as brave as you by Jason Reynolds

Finalists

  • Riding Chance by Christine Kendall
  • Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, and RJ Peete
  • Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
  • The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend by Sharon Robinson

National Jewish Book Awards

The National Jewish Book Awards, awarded yearly since 1949, celebrate and encourage “outstanding literature in the field” and continued literary production on themes of interest to the Jewish community.” All past winners can be found here (it’s quite a list).

2017 award winners have yet to be announced (submissions close in early October). All winners listed below are 2016 winners and finalists.

Jewish Book of the Year: Everett Family Foundation Award

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

JBC Modern Jewish Literary Achievement Award

Michael Chabon

American Jewish Studies: the Celebrate 350 Award

Winner

Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food by Roger Horowitz

Finalists

  • Who Rules the Synagogue?: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism by Zev Eleff
  • The Salome Ensemble by Alan Robert Ginsberg

Anthologies and Collections

Winner

Makers of Jewish Modernity: Thinkers, Artists, Leaders, and the World They Made edited by Jacques Picard, Jacques Revel, Michael P. Steinberg, and Idith Zertal

Finalists

  • Love Finer Than Wine: The Writings of Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker by Edward C. Bernstein
  • Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution by Sylvia Barack Fishman
  • Have I Got a Story For You: More Than A Century of Fiction from the Forward by Ezra Glinter

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir: The Krauss Family Award in Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg

Winner

But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens; translated by Sandra Smith

Finalist

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi

Book Club Award: The Debby and Ken Miller Award

Winner

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer

Finalists

  • Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev; translated by Stuart Schoffman
  • Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levy; translated by Anthony Berris

Children’s Literature

Winner

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Finalists

  • Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice: Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award

Winner

Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by Rabbi David Jaffe

Finalists

  • The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods by Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz
  • The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort by Rabbi Marc Katz
  • Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting by Danya Ruttenberg

Debut Fiction: The Goldberg Prize

Winner

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Finalists

  • The Yid by Paul Goldberg
  • The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

Education and Jewish Identity: In Memory of Dorothy Kripke

Winner

Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations by Mike Uram

Finalist

Judaism: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper

Fiction: JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Winner

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

Finalists

  • Carry Me by Peter Behrens
  • Charlotte: A Novel by David Foenkinos

History: Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award

Winner

The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph

Finalists

  • Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Movement to Boycott Israel edited by Cary Nelson
  • East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” by Philippe Sands

Holocaust

Winner

Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World by Michael Bazyler

Finalists

  • The Holocaust in Croatia by Ivo Goldstein and Slavko Goldstein
  • A History of the Grandparents I Never Had by Ivan Jablonka; translated by Jane Kuntz
  • Lessons of the Holocaust by Michael R. Marrus
  • East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” by Philippe Sands

Modern Jewish Thought and Experience: Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson

Winner

Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque by Miriam Udel

Finalist

Modern Orthodox Judaism: A Documentary History by Zev Eleff

Poetry: Berru Award in Memory of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash

Winner

Almost Complete Poems by Stanley Moss

Finalists

  • Two Worlds Exist by Yehoshua November
  • Go On by Ethel Rackin

Scholarship: Nahum M. Sarna Memorial Award

Winner

Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response 1391-1392 by Benjamin R. Gampel

Finalists

  • Clepsydra: Essay on the Plurality of Time in Judaism by Sylvie Anne Goldberg; translated by Benjamin Ivry
  • The Zohar: Reception and Impact by Boaz Huss
  • Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud: Christian and Sasanian Contexts in Late Antiquity by Yishai Kiel

Sephardic Culture: Mimi S. Frank Award in Memory of Becky Levy

Winner

Extraterritorial Dreams: European Citizenship, Sephardi Jews, and the Ottoman Twentieth Century by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Finalists

  • Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora by Monique Rodrigues Balbuena
  • Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response 1391-1392 by Benjamin R. Gampel
  • Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece by Devin Naar

Women’s Studies: Barbara Dobkin Award

Winner

The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate edited by Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr and Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf

Finalists

None listed

Writing Based on Archival Material: The JDC-Herbert Katzki Award

Winner

Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece by Devin Naar

Finalist

Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response 1391-1392 by Benjamin R. Gampel

Young Adult: The Posner Award

Winner

On Blackberry Hill by Rachel Mann

Finalists

  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • Another Me by Eva Wiseman

New Voices Book Award for Authors of Color 2016, Lee & Low

The New Voices Award is presented in January for the previous year; hence, I will provide the 2016/2017 winner, rather than the soon-to-be-announced 2017 winner. Information on the award can be found here. Publishing house and award-giver Lee & Low specialize in diverse materials and are an excellent choice to follow for those interested in representative works.

New Voices Award Winner

Roberto Peñas for Pedro Flores: The Toymaker

New Voices Award Honor

Gloria Amescua for Luz Jiménez, No Ordinary Girl

Notable Books for a Global Society, 2017

Notable Books for a Global Society is an offshoot of the Children’s Literature & Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. It honors books which encourage understanding of the world’s people and cultures. Previous winners can be found here.

2017 Notable Books for a Global Society

  • Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat
  • Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac
  • Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
  • Watched: Someone Is Always Watching by Marina Budhos
  • Missing Nimama by Melanie Florence; illustrated by François Thisdale
  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  • The Tree in the Courtyard by Jeff Gottsfield; illustrated by Peter McCarty
  • Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman
  • Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
  • Look Up! by Jung Jin-Ho
  • Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
  • A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
  • This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Nizr Badr
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepeys
  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson
  • The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg; illustrated by Ted Papoulas
  • Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood; illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpré Award, 2017

The Pura Belpré Awards are named for the trailblazing Puerto Rican American librarian Pura Belpré, who was the first Latina to serve as a librarian in New York City. The award which honors her “is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” Past winners of the award, biennial from 1996-2008 and annual since 2009, can be found here.

2017 Author Award

  • Winner: Juana Medina (author & illustrator) for Juana & Lucas
  • Honor: Alexandra Diaz for The Only Road

2017 Illustrator Award

  • Winner: Raúl Gonzalez for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (graphic novel) by Cathy Camper
  • Honor: Duncan Tonatiuh for Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood
  • Honor: Duncan Tonatiuh for The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh

Rainbow Book List ,2017

The Rainbow Book List, compiled by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable of the American Library Association, provides a list of “quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content.” It is presented yearly. Booklists since 2008 (the first year the list was compiled) can be accessed here.

2017 Rainbow Book List

Picture Books

  • Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian & illustrated by Mike Cuatro
  • Big Blob, Little Blob by James Howe & illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
  • I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail
  • Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton & illustrated by Dougal MacPherson
  • Home At Last by Vera Williams & Chris Raschka

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  • The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
  • The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Middle Grade Non-Fiction

Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community by Robin Stevenson

Young Adult Fiction

  • Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
  • How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
  • Look Both Ways by Allison Cherry
  • Jess, Cunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Boy Robot by Simon Curtis
  • Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • Dryland by Sara Jaffe
  • You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour
  • True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
  • Without Annette by Jane B. Mason
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Drag Teen by Jeffrey Self
  • Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
  • Beast by Brie Spangler
  • Under Threat by Robin Stevenson
  • Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki
  • The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
  • The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
  • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Kat Winters

 

Young Adult Non-Fiction

  • Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper
  • LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Alex Nelson
  • Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
  • The V-Word edited by Amber J. Keyser
  • The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity by Rylan J. Testa, Deborah Coolhart, and Jayme Peta

Graphic Novels

  • Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Anthology edited by Sfe R. Monster
  • The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Expanded Edition edited by Hope Nicholson
  • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
  • The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani & illustrated by Leland Purvis
  • Lumberjanes volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, et al

Rainbow Book List Top Ten (Alphabetical Order)

  • How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? By Yvonne Cassidy
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
  • Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
  • The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
  • Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton & illustrated by Dougal MacPherson
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White

Tómas Rivera Book Award

The Tomás Rivera Book Award has been awarded yearly since 1995. It honors the “authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican-American experience.” All award winners (beginning in 1995) can be found here.

Works for Younger Readers

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael López

Works for Older Readers

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, 2017

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature has been awarded yearly since 2006. It celebrates “outstanding writing of Jewish interest.” A list of all winners can be found here.

Winner

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

Choice Award

The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel by Daniel Torday

Finalists

  • The Yid by Paul Goldberg
  • Inherited Disorders: Stories, Parables & Problems by Adam Erlich Sachs
  • The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff

Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Awards, which “honor an author or illustrator for for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences,” have been awarded yearly since 2004. Due to changes at the American Library Association, it is no longer quite as easy to find previous winners; however, at least some can be accessed through this new database tool. The award further maintains a “Select Bibliography of Children’s Books About the Disability Experience,” available at the link as a downloadable pdf. (As I have discussed previously, I am dyslexic from a long line of dyslexics; this award is very personally important to me.)

Teen Winner

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Middle Grade Winner

as brave as you by Jason Reynolds

Young Children’s Winner

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant & illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Scholastic Asian Book Award

The Scholastic Asian Book Award, a collaborative effort of the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia, seeks to honor the excellence and diversity of fiction pertaining to Asia. It is awarded every two years and will be awarded next in 2018. All winners listed below are 2016 and can be found here. Shortlisted titles for 2016 are available as a pdf here.

Grand Prize Winner

Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus by Aditi Krishnakumar

Runners-Up

  • First Runner-Up: Chasing Freedom by Tina Cho
  • Second Runner-Up: Island Girl by Stephanie Ho Li Ling

Shortlisted Titles

  • The Budding Traveller by Golda Mowe
  • Dragonflies, Jigsaws, and a Rainbow by Varsha Seshan

Skipping Stones Honor Award

The books on the Skipping Stones Honors List have won Skipping Stones’ honor award; selected books encourage a better understanding of the world’s people, cultures, and places. Given the focus of this list, I am including only these “Multicultural & International Books.” This portion of the list can also be accessed as a jpg. The books, below, are organized alphabetically by author’s surname (or, in the event that no author is listed, by the first word of the title).

  • The Art of Memory: Ten Stories Written and Illustrated by Ten Artists/El Arte de Recordar: Diez historias contadas e ilustradas por diez artistas
  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat
  • Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg
  • Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery by Winifred Conkling
  • Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing by Charles Eastman, adapted by Michael O. Fitzgerald, and illustrated by Heidi Rasch
  • Melena’s Jubilee: The Story of a Fresh Start by Zetta Elliott; illustrated by Aaron Boyd
  • Joseph’s Big Ride by Terry Farish; illustrated by Ken Daley
  • Lila and the Crow written and illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
  • Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  • Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep by Bette Killion; illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
  • On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Rights by Monica Kulling; illustrated by Felicita Sala
  • That’s Not Fair!: Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms by Danielle S. McLaughlin; illustrated by Dharmali Patel
  • Making It Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict by Marilee Peters
  • Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andrée Poulin; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
  • The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend by Sharon Robinson
  • Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
  • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
  • Mexican Folk Art & Animal Sounds in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill; illustrated by Rubí Fuentes & Efraín Broa

South Asia Book Award (SABA), 2017

The South Asia Book Award seeks to recognize quality children’s and young adult literature about South East Asians. The award has been given yearly since 2012. Past award winners can be found here.

Winners

  • What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
  • Maya by Mahak Jain & illustrated by Elly MacKay

Honor Books

  • A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami & illustrated by Julianna Swaney

Highly Commended Books

  • One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi
  • Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
  • When Bholu Came Back by Kavitha Punniyamurthi & illustrated by Niloufer Wadia
  • The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya & illustrated by Rajni Perera

Stonewall Book Awards

The Stonewall Book Awards, which celebrate “hallmark works in GLBT publishing,” have been awarded yearly since 1971; all honored books since 1971 can be found here. They are awarded by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

Barbara Gittings Literature Award

Desert Boys by Chris McCormick

Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award

How to Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France

Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Stonewall Honor Books in Literature

  • Dig by Bryan Borland
  • Hide: A Novel by Matthew Griffin
  • Guapa by Saleem Haddad
  • Beautiful Gravity: A Novel by Martin Hyatt

Stonewall Honor Books in Nonfiction

  • Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality edited by Annika Butler-Wall, Kim Cosier, et al
  • Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan E. Coyote
  • Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From The March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis by Kevin Mumford
  • One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin by Michael Schreiber

Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

  • Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community by Robin Stevenson

Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award has been presented yearly since 1968 by the Association of Jewish Libraries. It honors “quality Judaic literature” for young folks. It is rather a thorough kind of award; past winners can be found in an annotated form here or in a just-the-titles-sir form here. 2017 winners and notable books can be found on this pdf.

Younger Readers

Winner

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy & illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Honor Books

  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards & illustrated by G. Brian Karas
  • Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson & illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

Notable Books

  • The Sundown Kid: A Southwestern Shabbat by Barbara Bietz & illustrated by John Kanzler
  • On One Foot by Linda Glaser & illustrated by Nadia Balaguer
  • The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window by Jeff Gottsfeld & illustrated by Peter McCarty
  • Gabriel’s Horn by Eric Kimmel & illustrated by Maria Surducan
  • Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup by Pamela Mayer & illustrated by Deborah Melmon
  • Not This Turkey by Jessica Steinberg & illustrated by Amanda Pike

Older Readers

Winner

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz & illustrated by Hatem Aly

Honor Books

  • Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy
  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

Notable Books

  • The Ship to Nowhere by Rona Arato
  • Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell
  • The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer

Teen Readers: Winner

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

There are no honor or notable books for teens on the 2017 list.

James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award (named for the science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr., known for deeply understanding women, which might have had something to do with the fact that his real name was Alice B. Sheldon) is awarded to science fiction and fantasy works that explore gender. It has been awarded yearly since 1995, when it was founded at a feminist sci-fi convention.

2017 award winners will be announced in spring 2018; listed winners are from 2016. Information on the winner is availble here; the honor list (previously called the shortlist) is here; the long list is available here; and, finally, a list of all contenders is available here.

James Tiptree, Jr. 2017 Award Winner

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

James Tiptree, Jr. 2016 Honor List

  • Hwarhath Stories:Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason
  • Borderline, the Arcadia Project by Mishell Baker
  • Opals and Clay by Nino Cirpi
  • Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston
  • The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles by Rachael K. Jones
  • Every Heart a Doorway: Wayward Children Book 1 by Seanan McGuire
  • Too Like the Lightning: Terra Incognita Book 1 by Ada Palmer
  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl
  • The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo

James Tiptree, Jr. 2016 Long List

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Waterdancer’s World by L. Timmel Duchamp
  • Lily by Michael Thomas Ford
  • King of the Worlds by M. Thomas Gammarino
  • Vesp: A History of Scaphic Sapphism by Porpentine Heartscape
  • Cantor for Pearls: Twin Kingdoms Romances  Book 2 by M.C.A. Hogarth
  • The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth Book 2 by N.K. Jemisin
  • An Accident of Stars: Manifold Worlds Book 1 by Foz Meadows
  • Sleeping Under the Tree of Life: Conversation Pieces vol. 50 by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Suddenly, Paris: Many Worlds, One Life, Book 1 by Olga Werby and Christopher Werby
  • The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley
  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Walter Dean Myers Award (the “Walter”), 2017

The Walter Dean Myers Award, now in its second year, is named for the prolific, multiple-award-winning writer Walter Dean Myers and run by the We Need Diverse Books initiative. For those interested in nominations and what qualifies a book to be a Walter contender, check out WNDB’s Walter Award FAQ. An archive of newspaper coverage is available. In immensely exciting news, the award is still growing: plans are afoot to bring it to middle grade and eventually picture books as well.

Young Adult

Winner

March: Book Three by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Honor Books

  • Watched by Marina Budhos
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 2017 Award Winners

The Carter G. Woodson Book Awards have been presented annually by the National Council for the Social Studies since 1974. The awards celebrate excellence in literature for young people. All winners and honor books can be found here.

Elementary

Winner

Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service by Annette Bay Pimental

Honor Winners

  • The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman
  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman

Secondary

Winner

March (trilogy) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Honor Winners

  • This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  • Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle

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