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Spring 2020 Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards

Many of us, teachers and students alike, have found solace during this pandemic in the phenomenal children’s and young adult books that are available in print and online, through digital library collections and author read-alouds. Throughout all of this, the field of children’s literature has continued to produce titles that inspire, comfort, celebrate, and challenge readers in remarkable ways. Each spring, a number of awards are announced to honor and highlight those books, authors, and illustrators who push the field forward with quality, creativity, and care. 

Below are links to the books that we blogged about over the last year that have won recent awards and honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. We invite you to explore our previously written blog entries for these winners and honor books. The following awards announced each spring are included in this post:

  • 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Award
  • 2020 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts (Children’s Literature Assembly)
  • 2020 Notable Books for a Global Society (International Literacy Association)
  • 2020 Best STEM Books (National Science Teachers Association)
  • 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (National Council for the Social Studies)

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

Written by Margarita Engle

Illustrated by Rafael López

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect us Today (Revised Edition)
*note that our entry discusses the original edition
Written by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson
Published by Peachtree Publishers
2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Fry Bread

Written by Kevin Noble Maillard

Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Published by Roaring Brook Press

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Going Down Home with Daddy

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons

Illustrated by Daniel Minter

Published by Peachtree

2020 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Indian No More

Written by Charlene Willing McManis, with Traci Sorell 

Published by Tu Books, Lee and Low Books

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese

Published by Beacon Press

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Moth: An Evolution Story

Written by Isabel Thomas

Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

My Papi Has a Motorcycle

Written by Isabel Quintero

Illustrated by Zeke Peña

Published by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House

2020 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Honor Award

Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away

Written by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve

Published by Aladdin Books, Simon and Schuster

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

New Kid

Written by Jerry Craft

Published by HarperCollins Children’s

2020 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

Room on Our Rock

Written by Kate and Jol Temple

Illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

Published by Kane Miller

2020 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution

Written by Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Published by Random House

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

Edited by Miranda Paul

Illustrated by Marlena Myles 

Published by Millbrook Press

2020 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

The Undefeated

Written by Kwame Alexander

Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Published by Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2020 Notable Books for a Global Society

2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Grace Enriquez About Grace Enriquez

Grace is an associate professor of language and literacy at Lesley University. A former English Language Arts teacher, reading specialist, and literacy consultant, she teaches and writes about children’s literature, critical literacies, and literacies and embodiment. Grace is co-author of The Reading Turn-Around and co-editor of Literacies, Learning, and the Body.