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The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen, 2023)

   Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of the Year

   The Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

   Booklist Editors’ Choice

   Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year

   SLJ Best Book of the Year

   Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

   Kids' Indie Next Selection

   Instant New York Times Bestseller

   Instant Indie Bestseller


Compound Fracture by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen, 2024)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

Rooting for Plants by Janice S. Harrington (Calkins Creek/Astra, 2023)

   Bank Street 2024 Best Book for Harrington

Night Owl Night by Susan Edwards Richmond (Charlesbridge, 2023)

   Bank Street 2024 Best Book for Richmond

Rolling On Down the Line by Helen Kampion and Renee Critcher Lyons (Sleeping Bear, 2024)

   Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

The Lobster Lady by Alexandra Hinrichs (Charlesbridge, 2023)

   Lupine Award for picture books, Maine Library Association

There Are No Dragons in this Book by Donna Weidner (NorthSouth Books, 2024)

   Finalist, The German Children's Literature Award

Frances and the Werewolves of the Black Forest by Refe Tuma (Harper Childrens, 2023)

   Finalist, The Bram Stoker Award

The Last Apple Tree by Claudia Mills (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House due June 18, 2024)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

   Starred Review in Kirkus

Lily Leads the Way by Margi Preus (Candlewick, 2022)

   Northeastern Minnesota Children's Literature Award

Swarm by Jennifer D. Lyle (Sourcebooks Inc., 2023)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

The Fog Catcher's Daughter by Marianne McShane, illustrated by Alan Marks (Candlewick Press, 2022)

   Long-listed for the UK's prestigious Carnegie Medal 

Other Side of the Tracks by Charity Alyse (Denene Millner Books, 2022)

  Starred Review in School Library Journal

You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce! by Chiquita Mullins Lee and Carmella Van Vleet (Kokila, 2023)

  Starred Review in Booklist
  Starred Review in Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  Starred Review in School Library Connection

  Booklist Editors' Choice Best Book 2023

  A Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature Best Book 2023

  Named a 2023 Best of the Best Book, Black Caucus of the American Library               Association

  CCBC Choices 2024, annual best-of-the-year list, Cooperative Children’s Book            Center

  2024 Great Reads title for Ohio, Centers for the Book, Library of Congress

Elephants Remember by Jennifer O'Connell (Tilbury House, 2022)

   Starred Review in Booklist

Frances and the Monster by Refe Tuma (Harper Childrens, 2022)

   Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly

Close Up on War by Mary Cronk Farrell (Abrams, 2022)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

   Starred Review in Booklist

   Starred Review in School Library Journal

   Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly

Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne (Wednesday Books, 2022)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

   Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly


Everything Together by Benjamin Klas (One Elm Books, 2021)

   Independent Booksellers Association's Ben Franklin Award

   Nautilus Book Awards Gold Medal for Middle-Grade Fiction

   2022 Stepping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural and International Books

Windswept by Margi Preus (Abrams, 2022)

   Junior Library Guild Selection


Treasure Tracks by Sallie Anne Rodriguez (FSG, 2022)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

   Florida's Sunshine State's Young Readers Award finalist 

   2023-24 Sunshine State Young Readers Award finalist


Nothing is Little by Carmella Van Vleet (Holiday House, 2022)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

   Rhode Island Children's Book Award Finalist

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree Teen, 2022) 

   #6 on the New York Times Bestseller, June 2022

   Starred Review in Kirkus

   Starred Review in Booklist

   Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly

   Named One of the 10 Best YA Books of 2022 by Publisher's Weekly

Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn (, 2021)

   Nebula Award Nominee

The Lost Language by Claudia Mills (Holiday House, 2021)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

   2021 Blue Ribbon Book by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)


The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk (Sourcebooks, 2022)

   Library Reads Pick for January 2022

   Canadian Independent Bookseller's Best Seller List

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Marcia Thornton Jones, Debbie Dadey and Pearl Low (Graphix 2021)

   Selected for "The Very Best Comics of 2021" list by

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo (Tordotcom, 2021)

   NPR Best Book of the Year

   Named One of the 15 Best Books by LGBTQ+ Authors by NBC News 


I Wish You Knew by Jackie Azúa Kramer (Roaring Brook, 2021)

   Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

Boogie Bass, Sign Language Star, book #4 in the After-School Superstars series by Claudia Mills (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House, 2021)

   Junior Library Guild Selection

Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel (Harper Childrens, 2021)

   Junior Library Guild Selection


Benjamin Klas's middle-grade debut novel Second Dad Summer (One Elm, 2020)       ALA's 2021 Rainbow Book List by the LGTB Round Table

   2020 Nautilus Book Award's Silver Award for Middle-Grade Fiction 

The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus (Holiday House, 2020)

   Received the Northern Lights Award for Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

   The Historical Novel Society, Editor's Choice (May issue)


The Boy and the Gorilla by Jackie Azúa Kramer (Candlewick Press, 2020)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

   SCBWI Crystal Kite Award

   Bank Street College 2021 Best Children's Book of the Year

   Bronze Award in Japan’s Kembuchi Picture Book Awards

Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital by Maurice Benard (HarperCollins, 2020)

   Instant New York Times Bestseller

   Mental Health America Award

   Christopher Award

Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII by Mary Cronk Farrell (Abrams, 2019)
   A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Buzzing with Questions by Janice Harrington (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills Kane, 2019)

   Selected by NSTA & CBC as 2020 Best STEM Book

   Selected as a 2023 Illinois Read


Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus (Abrams/Amulet, 2020)
   Junior Library Guild Selection

Simone Biles: Making a Case for the Greatest of All Time by Susan Blackaby (Sterling, 2019)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

Eliza Bing is (Not) a Star by Carmella Van Vleet (Holiday House, 2018) 
   Junior Library Guild Selection

The Jumbie God's Revenge by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2019)

   Starred Review in Kirkus

   Publishers Weekly Noteworthy Novel Sequel, September 2019

Claudia Mills won the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota on March 27, 2019 for her contribution to children's literature.


Survivor Girl by Erin Teagan (Clarion, 2019)

   Junior Library Guild Selection


The Clue in the Trees by Margi Preus (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

   Midwest Bookseller's Choice Award

Black Sheep White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country by Jim Kristofic (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) 

   2018 Skipping Stones Honor Book

A Whale in Paris by Claire Polders and Daniel Presley (Atheneum, 2018)
  Scholastic Teacher's list of Magical Summer Reads for 3-5 graders
  Barnes & Noble Kids list of top 10 new middle grade books

   Horned Toad Tales 2019-2020 Award Title

   Tome Society Elementary School IT List Book

Minecraft: The Crash by Tracey Baptiste (Del Rey, 2018)
  #5 on The New York Times Bestseller List, July 2018

Alice Paul & the Fight for Women's Rights by Deborah Kops (Boyds Mills Press, 2017)

   Bank Street 2018 Best Books of the Year


Fannie Never Flinched (Abrams, 2017)

   2018 Amelia Bloomer List


Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie and Baldev Lamba, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017)

    2019 BookRiot List of the Best Children's Books About Health and Safety

    2018 PA-DE American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award,

       Communications Category

    2018-2019 Read on Wisconsin (ROW) Reading List title

    CBC and NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018

    2017 Best in Rhyme Award nominee

    National Aquarium's Fall 2017 Reef to Read Book Club List

    Cooperative Children’s Book Center's Choices 2018 Best of the Year List -

       Picture Books for Young Children

    2020 BookRiot List of 10 Picture Books for the Budding Environmentalist

Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2017)

     Starred review in Kirkus

     Starred review in School Library Journal

     Junior Library Guild Selection

     A School Library Journal Best Book 2017

     A Kirkus Best Middle Grade Fantasy of 2017

     An NPR Best Book of 2017

     A Bank Street's Best Children's Book of the Year 2018

​The Green Umbrella by Jackie Kramer (North-South Books, 2017)

      A 2017 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

      2017 Chidren's Choice Silver Medal Winner

      Best Spanish Language Picture Books of 2023 by Bank

         Street College

Catching a Storyfish by Janice Harrington (Boyds Mills Press, 2016)

      Arnold Adoff Poetry Award Honor Book

      Winner of the 2017 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (grades 4-6)

      CCBC 2017 Best Book of the Year List

Girl Mans Up by M.E. Girard (HarperTeen, 2016)

      Winner of the 2017 Lambda Award

      Finalist for ALA's William C. Morris Award

      A 2018 TAYSHAS List Title

To the Stars! by Carmella Van Vleet and Dr. Kathy Sullivan (Charlesbridge, 2016)

      2017 Amelia Bloomer List

      2019 PBS Youth List

Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry (Random House, 2016)

       Starred review in School Library Journal

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2015)

       We Need Diverse Books 10 Must Reads 2015

       New York Public Library Top 100 Notable Title 2015

       Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club Selection

       Essence Magazine Top Pick

       Junior Library Guild Selection

       A Bank Street's Best Children's Book of the Year 2016

       Association of Children's Librarians Distinguished Book of 2015

       2018-19 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

       A 2019 TODAY show "8 Best Books to Read This Spring" Title

​​Eliza Bing is (Not) a Big Fat Quitter by Carmella Van Vleet (Holiday House, 2014)

       2015 Christopher Award Winner

       Junior Library Guild Selection

       Oklahoma Library Association's 2017 Sequoyah Book Award

       Pennsylvania School Libraries Association's Young Readers Choice Award

         for 2016-2017

       2016-2017 Arkansas Charlie May Simon Book Award

       South Carolina's Children's Book Award

       Choose to Read Ohio Master List 2017-2018

Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell (Abrams, 2014)

       Finalist for Washington State Book Award

       Eureka! Children’s Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction from the

          California Reading Association (2014)

       Booklist Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth (2014)

       Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2015)

       Blue Ribbon Award from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


       Notable: Women in History for Young Readers Tampa Bay Times

       Amelia Bloomer Project List (2015)

Mending Horses by M. P. Barker (Holiday House, 2014)

       Booklist's Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth 2015

       2014 Top Shelf Title from VOYA Magazine

       Starred Review from Booklist

       Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews

       2015 "Must Read," Massachusetts Center for the Book

West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Amulet/Abrams, 2014)

        Minnesota Book Award for Young People's Literature

        Society of Midland Authors's Award for Children's Fiction

        ALA/ALSC Notable Book

        2014 Parents' Choice Award Silver Honor Winner for Historical Fiction

        2014 Best Children’ Books List, PW

        2014 Best Children’s Books List, Kirkus

        2014 Best Children’s Books List, SLJ

        Five starred reviews: Booklist, SLJ, Kirkus, PW, Horn Book

Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier (Chronicle, 2013)

        2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor winner

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2013)

Winner of the 2017 Audiobook Parent's Choice Award

Sid Fleischman Award for Humor

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist

Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award 2015 (honorable mention)

Rave review in The New York Times!

Starred Review from Booklist

Starred Review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee, 2014

ALA’s Rainbow List

Texas Library Association’s TAYSHAS List (Top Ten Title)

CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin) Choices Lost, 2014

Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Children’s Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education (Starred Title)

Notable Book for a Global Society Award – IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG

Georgia Peach Award nominee

North Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee

Capital Choices Noteworthy Books for Teens List

Summer ’13 Kids’ Indie Next List


The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root by Christopher Pennell

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)

Autumn 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List

ABC's launch of New Voices Choice winner


Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry (Random House, 2013)

2014 WILLA Award (Women Writing the West)

2013 Junior Library Guild Selection

2013 Mock Newbery List Andersons Bookstore

2013 Short list for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award

2013 NYPL 100 best books for reading & sharing

2013 Amelia Bloomer Project list for books with significant feminist content

2014 finalist for the Oregon Book Award

2014 Best Book of the Year list from Bank Street Children's Literature Center


Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus (Amulet/Abrams, 2012)

Premio ITAS del Libro di Montagna 2017

ALSC Tween Recommended Reading List

Bank Street College Best Books of the Year

Notable Books for a Global Society 2013

Dorothy Canfield Fisher 2013-2014 List

Young Hoosier Award List 2013

Judy Lopez Memorial Book Award

Minnesota Book Award Finalist

Kirkus Best of 2012


Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

(Holiday House, 2012)

Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year, 2012

ALA Advancement of Science Top in Summer Book

IRA Teacher’s Choice Book 2013

National Science Teachers Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2013

John Burroughs Riverby Award, 2012

Amelia Bloomer Project List, 2013

Green Earth Book Award Honor, 2013


Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic, 2011)

PEN Center USA Award for Children’s Literature

Edgar Award

Parent’s Choice Gold Medal

Judy Lopez Memorial Award


Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (Amulet/Abrams, 2010)

Newbery Honor Medal

Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature

ALSC Notable Children’s Book

Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year List, 2011

2011 Kiddo Award-Editor’s Pick

Notable Book for a Global Society, 2011

Listed as "one of the best children’s books of 2010" 

by Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews

Young Hoosier Award nominee

2013 Global Reading Challenge Book-Seattle Public Library


Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010)

PEN/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship


The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic, 2009)

PW Flying Leap


All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Scholastic, 2009)

ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010


The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (St Martins, 2009)

ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults 2010

ALA’s Quick Picks 2010

ALA’s Amazing Audios for Young Adults 2010

ALA's Amelia Bloomer Feminist Books List for 2010

Rodda Award, Church & Synagogue Library Association 


Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry (Random House, 2009)

Association of Booksellers for Children Best Books 2009

Rodda Award, Church & Synagogue Library Association

The Horn Book Magazine’s Fanfare Best Books of 2009

Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book Award (Women’s National Book Association)


Carolina Harmony by Marilyn Taylor McDowell (Random House, 2009)

Top Historical Fiction for Youth 2009, Booklist

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