This list is very late, and not as well laid out as I’ve done it in the past, but it’s finally here. I’ve linked out to the winners and honorees and, whenever possible, have also provided links to archived versions on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Happy reading! 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2020 The American Indian Youth Literature … Continue reading Beyond the Caldecott & the Nobel: Diverse Literary Award Winners 2021
Representative & diverse literary awards, from youth to adult and from board books to erotica and literary fiction. The sky’s the limit! Continue reading Beyond the Caldecott & the Nobel: Diverse Literary Award Winners 2020
Lists 2016 2017 2018 2020 2021 It’s time for this year’s best of the best book lists! (And there are so very, very many of them out there!) And so, continuing a now-annual tradition I began in 2016, I’ve put together a massive list of diverse literary awards, in time, I hope, for your Small Business Saturday holiday shopping, or just in time to give … Continue reading Beyond the Caldecott & the Nobel: Diverse Literary Award Winners 2019
For two years, I have put together a master list of all the diverse literary awards I could find, and all the winners—and, when I can find them, the finalists and honor books as well. This year, in a time of terror and fear, this is a tiny thing to do—and yet I would argue that it is more important than ever.
And so, in time, I hope, for your holiday shopping, here is a list of 2018’s diverse literary award winners, books that will drop you into your own world, just an angle of it that may (or may not) be your own.
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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!
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There are a number of very famous literary awards out there, from the Caldecotts and Newberys of children’s literature fame to the Man Bookers, the Hugos, and the Pulitzers—not to mention the Nobels—of adult literature. They award many great authors; they sometimes make incredibly bizarre choices (see the Nobel award for “literature,” 2016). They often do not, however, do a grand job of selecting representative fiction—which is to say, of course, that, despite problems in the industry, far more than men (often of one race, writing about other men) write great literary works. (There are some bright spots: Paul Beatty won the 2016 Man Booker prize for a novel about race in America! The National Book Awards celebrated diverse voices!)
However, there are also literary prizes out there which seek to recognize everything from literature celebrating the Arab-American experience to literature offering strong representations of characters with disabilities. I have tried to pull together as many of these diverse literary award winners in one space as I could; perhaps they can be among your 2017 reading challenges. The awards here include those specifically focusing upon adult’s and children’s literature, as well as awards which celebrate both.
I will edit the list with additional awards as I find them.