Beyond the Caldecott & the Nobel: Diverse Literary Award Winners 2020

Prior Lists

Content note & welcome

It’s time for my list of award-winning representative books! 2020 marks the fifth year I have compiled this list; it includes awards for both works for adults and works for young folks—though, as a librarian, I feel honor-bound to note that there’s often a good deal of crossover, and adults and young folks needn’t read in silos, but find what pleases them, and run with it. (And there are so many amazing books here! Surely there will be plenty to please you, whatever your reading preferences may be.)

I use a broad definition of diverse (or, as I have come to prefer, representative) texts, built around this one from We Need Diverse Books. This project is, indeed, inspired by We Need Diverse Books, because we need representative texts for adults, too, and we who are educators or librarians or relations of young folks need to be aware of what’s out there.

Finally, I make an attempt to link out to all winners and finalists. I use Goodreads as much as possible for several reasons: it’s a great way to keep track of your books (and show off how many you read this year, if you read 150+ the way I often do, of which at least 60 are admittedly picture books), but Goodreads also links out to local libraries and more—so you’ll always have easy options for tracking those books down. (Not sure where your local library is? This tool may help.) If you’re interested in purchasing, can I suggest trying your local indie bookstore? There’s also indiebound, Bookshop, and my personal favorite indies, 57th Street Books and the Seminary Co-Op, where I have spent many and many a happy hour.

One final content note! There have been a few name changes among our old friends this year. While they have new names, however, they are still our old friends, and their contents are just as wonderful as they were before. (And yeah, I’m a librarian, I’ve noted every single name change.)

Happy reading! And please, wherever you are, take care of yourselves, and stay well.

American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2020

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards have been presented every two years (on an even year) since 2006. They were presented last in 2018 and were presented in 2020; they will be presented again in 2022. They are intended to showcase and celebrate “the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.” All winners, going back to 2006, can be found at the main link. 2020 winners are discussed in this press release as well as at the main link.

Picture Books

Middle School

  • Winner: Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua/Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde) with Traci Sorrell (Cherokee)
  • Honor Books

Young Adult

Arab American Book Award, 2020

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

The Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award

The George Ellenbogen Poetry Award

Children/Young Adult

Association of Jewish Libraries Literary Awards, 2020

As I did last year, I’ll continue to give the AJL’s Sydney Taylor Awards their own category; other AJL awards will be listed here, each with their own heading. Happy reading!

AJL Jewish Fiction Award, 2020

The AJL Jewish Fiction Award, included here for the second time, was established in 2017. It celebrates works published in English that (extensively) explore Judaism, Jewish identity, history, culture, and more. Press releases are available in downloadable Word format. 2020 winners were announced in late January and are included below.

AJL Judaica Reference & Bibliography Awards, 2020

Going by the list on the AJL’s website, the AJL Judaica Reference Awards appear to have been presented first in 1984, and then almot yearly since 1986 (hello, award that is basically my age). The Judaica Reference Award, established by Dr. Greta Silver, celebrates the best in Jewish reference works (which warms this librarian’s heart, obvs); the Judaica Bibliography Award, meanwhile, is funded by Eric Chaim Kline and celebrates (and encourages) excellence in Jewish bibliography. Winners are listed on the same page, back to 1984. This is the second year I have included the AJL Judaica Reference & Bibliography Awards on this list; additional information on the winners can be found on this pdf.

Bank Street College of Education Best Spanish Language Picture Books of the Year

The Bank Street College of Education’s Best Spanish Language Picture Book of the Year award was presented for the very first time in 2020, and was drawn from their booklist of best Spanish language picture books of the year. I will include the award-winner; I’d suggest checking out the longer list as well (it is a pdf). While the prize can include either books originally written or translated into Spanish, it does appear that this list is largely, if not entirely, comprised of translations.

Bank Street College of Education has several other booklists and book awards; while most are not diversity-focused, they are a great source of excellent children’s books.

Best Spanish-Language Picture Book of the Year

Mildred L. Batchelder Awards, 2020

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 at this link. This award emphasizes publishing houses, letting readers know who is supporting literature in translation and, by extension, a wider understanding of our world.

Winner

Brown, written by Håkon Øvreås, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson. Published by Enchanted Lion Books.

Honor Books

  • When Spring Comes to the DMZ written & illustrated by Uk-Bae Lee and translated from the Korean by Chungyon Won & Aileen Won. Published by Plough Publishing House.
  • The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree written by Paola Peretti, illustrated by Carolina Rabei, and translated from the Italian by Denise Muir. Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
  • Do Fish Sleep? written by Jens Raschke, illustrated by Jens Rassmus, and translated from the German by Belinda Cooper. Published by Enchanted Lion Books.
  • The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano. Published by Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Contains books 1-2 of the Beast Player series.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Book Award, 2020

The BCALA Book Awards celebrate excellence in literary works for adults by African-American authors. 2020 winners were announced in late January 2020. I still haven’t figured out how long these awards have been given; I will continue to search for more information. In the meantime, selected prior winners and honor books can be located through these press releases.

First Novelist Award

Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Water Dancer

Fiction Award

Nonfiction Award

Poetry Award

Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation Award

Hollywood Black: The Stars, the Films, the Filmmakers by Donald Bogle

Américas Award (CLASP), 2020

The Américas Award has been presented yearly since 1993; the next award will be presented in 2021. It celebrates “quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.” All past winners are listed at Award Winners, and you can peruse this annotated bibliography of 2020 winners (it’s a pdf). Resources for teachers (also useful for librarians and parents!) are available. You can also follow the Américas Award on Facebook.

Winners

Honorable Mention

Amelia Bloomer List: see Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, 2020

The Amelia Bloomer List is now Rise! It’s listed below, under Rise, and is just as marvelous as it ever was. Check it out!

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, 2019-2020

The Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, aka the APALA Awards, have been presented yearly (in January) since 2003. They recognize excellence in literature about Asian/Pacific Americans. The APALA Awards celebrate works for both adults and youths. This year’s awards—the 2019-2020 APALA Awards—were presented January 27, 2020.

Adult Fiction

Adult Nonfiction

Young Adult Literature

Children’s Literature

Picture Books

CSMCL Best Books of the Year, 2019

The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature has, since 2013 (or maybe earlier—that’s the earliest I found on their website), compiled a list of the very best in multicultural children’s literature, from picture books through books for teens. I’ve included it here since 2018. The list is presented the following year; hence, there is as yet no 2020 list, while the 2019 is available, and listed here. Submission guidelines are posted, and the list can also be downloaded as a pdf (check the bottom left corner of the 2019 page). The original list includes considerably more information, including age ranges for materials included, so I strongly suggest heading on over. The CSMCL is an amazing resource, and I totally suggest following it—through its website, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed, and its Pinterest. You won’t regret it.

Children’s Africana Book Award (CABA), 2020

The CABA awards have been presented yearly since 1992. They celebrate the best in literature about Africa for children. Past winners for young children are listed going back to ’92; past winners for middle graders and teens are available as well. The CABAs, starting in 2018, also celebrate adult works, generally those with a strong crossover appeal to young/new adults.

Books for Young Children

Books for Older Readers

Best Book for New Adults

Gold of Our Fathers by Kwei Quartey (Ghana, from the Darko Dawson series)

Coretta Scott King Book Awards, 2020

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which commemorate Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, have been presented yearly since 1970. A complete list of past winners since ’70 is available. The awards honor outstanding work by African-American authors and illustrators, with special awards given for new talent, as well as a lifetime achievement award. The Award now maintains a blog.

Author Award

Illustrator Award

The John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2020

Mildred D. Taylor, author

Freeman Book Awards, 2019

The Freeman Book Awards join this list for the first time in 2020, and I’m very excited to have them here. They appear to have been presented yearly since 2016 by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University. They celebrate and honor children’s and young adult books that “contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia.” Awards are presented in January for the preceding year; 2020 awards will be presented in January of 2021, and will appear on this list in 2021. The Freeman Book Awards also provide lists of recommended books, which include winners of the Freeman Awards; all prior award winners, honorable mentions, and books of note are available from the landing page.

Children’s Literature

Young Adult/Middle School Literature

Young Adult/High School Literature

Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize, 2020

I’m super stoked to add the Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize to this list of books! The Translated YA Book Prize was awarded for the first time in 2019 (I wish I’d noticed it then); I’ll list both 2019 and 2020 winners here. The award celebrates outstanding YA work published in a language other than English; in its early years, it will dip back at least three years in publication. This is affiliated with the American Library Association.

A note: I include translation prizes such as this one as we tend to see only literature from our small corners of the world; novels (and other literature) in translation allows us a window into a world beyond the one we know best.

2020 Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize

2019 Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize

  • Winner: My Brother’s Husband vol. 1 & 2 by Gengoroh Tagame, translated from the Japanese by Anne Ishii, & published by Pantheon
  • Honor Books
    • La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel, & published by the Feminist Press
    • Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais, translated from the French by Clémentine Beauvais, & published by Pushkin Children’s Books.
    • Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg, & published by Flatiron Books

Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award, 2020

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award, presented every other year by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, honor works that “authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and Down syndrome.” The winner below is from 2020; the award will next be presented in 2022. Note that the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award has, as of 2020, a lovely new website all to itself. (The award is named for Dolly Gray.)

The Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis

The International Latino Book Awards, 2020

The International Latino Book Awards have been presented yearly since 1998 as a joint venture of Latino Literacy Now, Las Compadres Para las Américas, and REFORMA (otherwise known as one of two professional memberships I maintain even when I have no money, the other being this one here.) They celebrate the best in Latinx literature, including works in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, as well as mixes and bilingual variants thereof. They are awarded yearly, in September, and have a website available here; a pdf of this year’s winners and honor books is also available. (The organizations also celebrate Latino Books into Movies—check those out, too!)

I’m handling this award a little differently than I handle most: because there are so many winners—there are, quite literally, multiple pages of award winners and honorees, from multiple continents and countries—I am going to link out to the winners, as well as to the main page. The Awards’ home page isn’t that easy to navigate, but it is worth a look. The International Latino Book Awards themselves are pretty incredible: they cover the length and breadth of publishing, and draw not only from Usonian works but from works around the Latinx world, including Brazil. That’s great, but also can be frustrating: you’re definitely not going to find every one of these books at your favorite indie, and it’s definitely not going to be on Amazon, either. (If your favorite local indie happens to be the Seminary Co-Op or 57th Street Books, however, it might be there! You never know.)

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

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 of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.” Prior award winners can be found via several access points, all linked off the award’s landing page.

This year the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award has shaken up their process: they will list finalists in November before presenting the award in January of 2021. Rather than include the finalists here, I will present the 2019 awards, and plan to include 2020 winners on the upcoming 2021 version of this list. Their schedule, if you are interested, is available here, preserved forever in digital amber thanks to the Wayback Machine.

Books for Younger Children, 2019

Books for Older Children, 2019

Lambda Literary Award (the Lammys), 2020

The Lambda Literary Awards have been awarded yearly since 1989 for excellence in LGBTQ literature. A complete list of all 2020 award winners is available, as is the complete list of 2020 finalists (I saved it on the WayBack Machine just for this!), so happy Lammy reading!

Lammys: Fiction

The Lammys award prizes in lesbian, gay, bisxeual, and transgender fiction.

Lesbian Fiction

Gay Fiction

Bisexual Fiction

Transgender Fiction

Lammys: Nonfiction

The Lammys award prizes in bisexual, LGBTQ, and transgender nonfiction. I list finalists alphabetically by author.

Bisexual Nonfiction

Transgender Nonfiction

LGBTQ Nonfiction

Lammys: Poetry

The Lammys award prizes in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender poetry.

Lesbian Poetry

Gay Poetry

Bisexual Poetry

Transgender Poetry

Lammys: Mystery

The Lammys awarded prizes in lesbian and gay mystery in 2020.

Lesbian Mystery

Gay Mystery

Lammys: Memoir & Biography

In 2020, the Lammys awarded prixes in lesbian and gay memoir and biography (both winners happen to be memoirs).

Lesbian Memoir

Gay Memoir

Lammys: Romance

In 2020, the Lammys awarded prizes in lesbian and gay romance.

Lesbian Romance

Gay Romance

Lammys: LGBTQ Anthology

Lammys: LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult

The Lammys award prizes in children’s/middle grade and young adult. (I’d love to see them expand to cover additional territory, so if you’re listening out there, Lammys, pretty please!)

Children’s/Middle Grade and Young Adult

LGBTQ Drama

  • Winner: A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson, produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73
  • Finalists
    • Dr. Ride’s American Beach House by Liza Birkenmeier, produced by Ars Nova
    • The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison/Samuel French, Inc

LGBTQ Comics

LGBTQ Erotica

LGBTQ Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror

LGBTQ Studies

Museum of African American History Stone Book Award

The MAAH Stone Award, which honors and encourages scholarship in African American history, appears to have been presented for the first time in 2018; this is the first year I’ve included it. I will list only 2020 winners, finalists, and shortlisted books, but I do suggest checking out both longlisted books and awards from prior years as well—they are a wealth of books, indeed.

NCAAP Image Awards, 2020

The NAACP Image Awards have been presented yearly since 1967. The winners and nominees listed below are from the 50th Annual Image Awards Ceremony. I list only literary winners but do suggest checking out the entire spread, provided here by Hollywood Reporter (with winners, nominees included) and here by the NAACP, by way of the Way Back Machine (nominees).

Outstanding Literary Work: Adults

Fiction

Nonfiction

Debut Author

Biography/Autobiography

Instructional

Poetry

Outstanding Literary Work: Children

Outstanding Literary Work: Youth/Teens

National Jewish Book Awards, 2019

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.” The Jewish Book Council maintains a list of all prior winners (and here it is via Wayback Machine, in case it disappears the way it did last year).

2020 award winners have yet to be announced (submissions close in early October; the award will be announced in January 2021). All winners listed below are 2019 winners and finalists. The Carolyn Starman Hessel Award was presented this year to Dena W. Neusner.

Jewish Book of the Year: Everett Family Foundation Award

America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today by Pamela S. Nadell

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter

Men­tor­ship Award in Hon­or of Car­olyn Star­man Hessel

Dena W. Neusner (editor, Behrman House)

American Jewish Studies Celebrate 350 Award

Anthologies and Collections

Autobiography & Memoir: the Krauss Family Award in Memory of Simon & Shulamith (Sofi) Goldberg

Biography: In Memory of Sara Berenson Stone

Book Club Award: The Miller Family Award in Memory of Helen Dunn Weinstein and June Keit Miller

Children’s Literature

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

Debut Fiction: the Goldberg Prize

Education and Jewish Identity: In Memory of Dorothy Kripke

Fiction: JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Food Writing & Cookbooks: The Jane and Stu­art Weitz­man Fam­i­ly Award

History: The Ger­rard and Ella Berman Memo­r­i­al Award

Holocaust: In Memory of Ernest W. Michel

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

Poetry: Berru Award in Mem­o­ry of Ruth and Bernie Weinflash

Scholarship: The Nahum M. Sar­na Memo­r­i­al Award

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

Visual Arts

Women’s Studies: the Bar­bara Dobkin Award

Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Revolution in the Name of Tradition by Naomi Seidman

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

Young Adult Literature

Middle East Book Award, 2020

The Middle Eastern Book Award, which joined this list in 2018, honors children’s and young adult books that “contribute meaningfully to understanding of the Middle East” (and check their page for the full definition of what constitutes “Middle East” for this award) and has been presented yearly since 1999 by the Middle East Outreach Council. Three of its sister awards—the Américas Award, the CABA, and the South Asia Book Award—have been on this list since the first year I did it, while I’ve added the Freeman Book Awards this year; you’ll find them all these sister awards here as well. A list of all winners can be downloaded as a pdf from the site.

There are generally three categories: picture books, youth litearture, and youth non-fiction. There appears to have been no award presented in youth non-fiction this year, which is why it’s missing from the 2020 list.

Picture Books

Youth Literature

New Voices Book Award for Authors of Color, Lee & Low, 2019

The New Voices Award is presented in January for the previous year; hence, I will provide the 2019-2020 winner, rather than the soon-to-be-announced 2020 winner. Information on the award is available. Publishing house and award-giver Lee & Low specialize in diverse materials and are an excellent choice to follow for those interested in representative works.

  • Winner: Alana Tyson for The Longest Swim
  • Honor: Belen Medina Sabot for The Seesaws

Notable Books for a Global Society, 2020

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. All winners, including prior years, are available through this landing page. Lists are in pdf format. The 2020 list (also a pdf) includes annotations for each book; it is definitely worth a look. Books are listed alphabetically and pertain to multiple different age ranges (which are noted in the original—for real, head on over). Links below are to Goodreads pages.

The Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award)

The Otherwise Award, formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, is presented to speculative fiction that “explore[s] and expand[s] gender.” It has been awarded yearly since 1995, when it was founded at a feminist sci-fi convention.

2020 award winners will be announced in spring 2021; listed winners are from 2019. Take a look at this year’s winner and honor books; meander over to the Award database for even more, from multiple award years. See everything suggested for the award with the Recommended list, which includes rationale. (Note that books can be recommended by anyone.) The awards page includes information about each book, as well as a discussion of why it was chosen. And there is even a list of all jurors involved with selection.

Pura Belpré Award, 2020

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. (Note that the picture book about her life, available in both English and Spanish, has now won several awards.) 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, are listed.

2020 Author Award

2020 Illustrator Award

Rainbow Booklist, 2020

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.” Booklists since 2008 (the first year the list was compiled) are available. I’ve split out this year’s To Ten.

Rainbow List: Top Ten

Rainbow List

Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, 2020 (formerly the Amelia Bloomer List)

Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer List, curates an annual list of the very best in feminist literature for young folks. Check out the original list for a LOT more information than I provide here—and follow the website for a running tally of the upcoming year’s nominees!

Rise Top Ten

Rise: A Feminist Book Project, 2020

Tómas Rivera Book Award, 2020

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) are available as a list; they can also be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document. Awards are given for younger readers, older readers: middle grade category, and older readers: young adult; this year, there are winners listed only for middle grade and younger readers.

Winner: My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, 2020

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature has been awarded yearly since 2006 by the Jewish Book Council. It celebrates the importance of contemporary literature in the “transmission and examination of the Jewish experience.” A list of all winners is available, as are lists of Choice Award winners and finalists. This year, for the first year, the Sami Rohr Prize has its own dedicated website—which is awesome, but also totes a pain, since my links on prior iterations of this list are now dead. Note that no Choice award appears to have been given in 2020.

Schneider Family Book Award, 2020

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 (this one might even take you right there, although the ALA’s links do not, alas, always work). The award further maintains a “Select Bibliography of Children’s Books About the Disability Experience,” available at the link as a downloadable pdf. No finalists or honor books are listed for the Schenider Family Book Award. (As I have discussed previously, and will discuss again, I am dyslexic from a long line of dyslexics; this award is very personally important to me.)

Young Children

Middle Grade

Teen

Scholastic Asian Book Award

The Scholastic Asian Book Award does not appear to have been awarded since 2018. I will continue to check the site, but I’m not really expecting anything to appear at this point. Alas.

Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2020

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 include only these “Multicultural & International Books.” The full list, with extensive annotations, is available as a pdf. 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).

South Asia Book Award, 2020

The South Asia Book Award seeks to recognize quality children’s and young adult literature about South East Asians. The award has been presented yearly by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium since 2012; it’s based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A list of past award winners is available. I list winners and honors alphabetically by author, rather than by age range or title.

Winners

Honor Books

Highly Commended Titles

Stonewall Book Awards, 2020

The Stonewall Book Awards, which celebrate “hallmark works in GLBT publishing,” have been awarded yearly since 1971; all honored books since 1971 are listed on this massive page (you can sort it, kinda). They are awarded by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

The Barbara Gittings Literature Award

Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award

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

Sydney Taylor Book Award, 2020

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 are listed on downloadable pdfs, linked from the main page. 2020 winners and notable books are listed on this pdf. (They really love pdfs, including this press release.)

Picture Books

Middle Grade

Young Adult

Body of Work Award

Lesléa Newman

James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award is Now the Otherwise Award!

Virginia Library Association (VLA) Graphic Novel Diversity Award, 2019

The VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award appears on my list for the second time this year. It’s a remarkable award, one focusing entirely on graphic works—and how I wish that there were more awards like this one, because graphic works are sorely underappreciated and underutilized. The award, which was first presented in 2015, celebrates diversity in graphic novels; for more information, including an extensive and thoughtful discussion of diversity in the context of the award, check out their page.

Adult

Youth

Walter Awards, 2020

The Walter Awards are 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. This year’s Walters include books for teens and middle-grade readers.

Teen Category

Younger Readers Category

Carter G. Woodson Book Award

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 United States young people’s literature depciting ethnicity. A list of all winners and honor books is available, as is an annotated list of this year’s winners and honorees.

Elementary Level

Middle/Secondary Level

Industry Statistics

Very Selected Resources

Note bene, here: there are so many MORE resources out there.