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Our latest acquisitions in Children's and Young Adult Literature, as well as Teacher Resources, are featured here. 

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New Children's and Young Adult (YA) Books in the IMC

When the Stars Came Home

Picture Book
By Brittany Luby; Natasha Donovan (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "After his family moves to the city, young Ojiig misses the life he knew back home and the night sky full of stars until his parents help him find ways to make the city feel more like home." --From Publisher's Description

The Artivist

Picture Book
By Nikkolas Smith
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Motivated by the realization of global inequities, a young boy embraces his dual identities as an artist and activist, becoming an "Artivist" to make a positive change." --From Publisher's Description

Mermaid Day

Picture Book
By Diana Murray; Luke Flowers (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "On Mermaid Day, the mer-queen throws a big bash and sea creatures of all kinds attend, including a shy shark who joins in the dancing." --From Publisher's Description

Papá's Magical Water-Jug Clock

Picture Book
By Jesús Trejo; Eliza Kinkz (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades PreK -3
Pages: 32
Summary: "Today, little Jesús has a big job to do. He's helping Papá at work, and he's in charge of the water jug -- which is also a magical clock!" --From Publisher's Description

The Mermaid with No Tail

Picture Book
By Jessica Long; Airin O'Callaghan (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A mermaid with no tail decides she wants to compete in the Mermaid Games. The other mermaids make fun of her for being different, but she trains hard, maintains a good attitude, and is eventually victorious." --From Publisher's Description

In Every Life

Picture Book
By Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades K to 3
Pages: 32
Summary: "A story that celebrates both the highs and lows that everyone experiences in the course of a lifetime." --From Publisher's Description

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Picture Book
By Astrid Kamalyan
Recommended: Ages 3 to 7
Pages: 32
Summary: "With bubbles and suds floating like clouds and snowflakes, Tato and her siblings help Bábo scrub the rugs clean." --From Publisher's Description


Picture Book
By Federico Gastaldi
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A young boy grieves when his pet fish dies, but his heart is full of good memories." --From Publisher's Description

Stickler Loves the World

Picture Book
By Lane Smith
Recommended: Ages 3 to 7
Pages: 32
Summary: "Stickler is a woodland creature who reminds us to appreciate the everyday wonders we often ignore." --From Publisher's Description

Friends Beyond Measure

Picture Book
By Lalena Fisher (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 40
Summary: "Different types of charts and graphs show how Harwin's friendship with Ana will survive after she moves away." --From Publisher's Description

Will It Be Okay?

Picture Book
By Crescent Dragonwagon
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A mother comforts a child about her special fears concerning everything from a bee sting to losing a loved one." --From Publisher's Description

A Bed of Stars

Picture Book
By Jessica Love (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 40
Summary: "A father takes his child on their first camping trip where he shows, under a blanket of stars, that the universe is a friendly place." --From Publisher's Description

The Skull

By Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades K to 3
Pages: 105
Summary: "In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. So begins this retelling of an old Tyrolean tale." --From Publisher's Description

Desert Queen

By Jyoti Rajan Gopal; Svabhu Kohli (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades PreK to 3
Pages: 32
Summary: "This picture book biography in verse follows the life of beloved Rajasthani drag performer Queen Harish, known as the Whirling Desert Queen of Rajasthan." --From Publisher's Description

Planet Life

By Aina Bestard (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 3 to 6
Pages: 73
Summary: "Peel back the layers of history and compare the plants and animals that lived in prehistoric landscapes with the fossils they left behind." --From Publisher's Description

These Olive Trees

By Aya Ghanameh (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Oraib loves the olive trees that grow outside the refugee camp where she lives. But war has come to their door once more, forcing them to flee." --From Publisher's Description

From Archie to Zack

By Vincent X. Kirsch
Recommended: Grades K to 3
Pages: 32
Summary: "Archie and Zack are inseparable, both in school and outside it, but Archie is having trouble telling Zack about his love, so he writes a letter, from A. to Z." --From Publisher's Description

Grandma's Tipi

By S. D. Nelson
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Clara spends her summer visiting her grandma and cousin on Standing Rock reservation, where she and her family set up the ancestral tipi and tell stories, sing songs, and learn about their Lakota roots." --From Publisher's Description

A Day with No Words

By Tiffany Hammond; Kate Cosgrove (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Learn what life can look like for an autistic child who uses nonverbal communication by following a mother and child on a day where they utilize tools to communicate with others." --From Publisher's Description

The Last Plastic Straw

By Dee Romito; Ziyue Chen (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 1 to 4
Pages: 32
Summary: "A history of the technological advancements behind the straw, how modern plastic straws harm the environment, and what is being done to solve the problem of plastic pollution." --From Publisher's Description

Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

By Randy Roberts; Johnny Smith; Margeaux Weston
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 228
Summary: "This in-depth portrait showcases the complex bond between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, revealing how Malcolm aided in molding Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali. Adapted for young readers." --From Publisher's Description


By Nora Nickum
Recommended: Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 192
Summary: "The endangered Southern Resident orcas whistle and click their way around the waters of the Pacific Northwest in three small family groups while facing boat noise, pollution, and scarce food. The author also discusses her work on laws to protect the orcas." --From Publisher's Description

Of All Tribes

By Joseph Bruchac
Recommended: Grades 5 to 9
Pages: 246
Summary: "On November 20, 1969, a group of 89 young Native Americans activists crossed San Francisco Bay to occupy the abandoned prison on Alcatraz Island and bring attention to the injustices of the federal government's Indian policies." --From Publisher's Description

Where Are the Aliens?

By Stacy McAnulty
Recommended: Ages 10 and Up
Pages: 225
Summary: "Scientists haven't discovered life beyond Earth. But there's a whole lot of outer space, and humans have searched only a fraction of a fraction of it. So do you believe in the possibility of life out there?" --From Publisher's Description

The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

Graphic Novel
By Mac Barnett; Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 266
Summary: "In a world of villainous cowboys, high-speed chases, and falling pianos, can our iconic trio find their way back to one another and save the Moon Queen before it's too late? The second volume in the series." --From Publisher's Description

Family Style

Graphic Novel
By Thien Pham
Recommended: Ages 14 to 18
Pages: 234
Summary: "After the Pham family arrives at a refugee camp in Thailand, they struggle to survive. Things don't get much easier once they resettle in California. Through each chapter of their lives, food takes on a new meaning." --From Publisher's Description

Stars in Their Eyes

Graphic Novel
By Jessica Walton
Recommended: Grades 7 and Up
Pages: 209
Summary: "Maisie is on her way to her first fancon and she can't wait to meet her idol, an action star who had an above-the-knee amputation, just like Maisie. But then she meets Ollie and notices feelings that she's never had before. Could Ollie feel the same way?" --From Publisher's Description

CatStronauts: Space Station Situation

Graphic Novel
By Drew Brockington
Recommended: Grades 1 to 5
Pages: 160
Summary: "When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, a bold recovery plan falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet!" --From Publisher's Description


Graphic Novel
By Breena Bard
Recommended: Ages 8 to 14
Pages: 271
Summary: "After Julianna's rural home is destroyed, her family moves to the city where she commits to taking action in the face of climate change." --From Publisher's Description

Curlfriends: New in Town

Graphic Novel
By Sharee Miller
Recommended: Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 282
Summary: "Charlie has a foolproof plan for the first day at her new middle school. She's hiding any interests that may seem 'babyish,' updating her look, and doing her best to leave her shyness behind her. But is erasing the real Charlie the best way to make friends?" --From Publisher's Description

Sinner's Isle

By Angela Montoya
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 370
Summary: "Now 18, Rosa will be the prized commodity at this year's Offering. That is why she must flee--before someone forces the vicious phantoms within her to destroy everything she touches." --From Publisher's Description

Plan A

By Deb Caletti
Recommended: Grades 10 to 12
Pages: 404
Summary: "Instead of spending the summer in her small Texas town working at the local drugstore and swooning over her boyfriend, Ivy is planning a cross-country road trip to her grandmother's house on the West Coast where she can legally obtain an abortion." --From Publisher's Description

Where Echoes Die

By Courtney Gould
Recommended: Ages 14 to 18
Pages: 340
Summary: "Sisters Beck and Avery travel to an isolated Arizona town to investigate its connection to their mother's death, but uncover more than they anticipated." --From Publisher's Description

Four Found Dead

By Natalie D. Richards
Recommended: Grades 10 to 12
Pages: 380
Summary: "Tempest Theaters is closing: tonight is their last night, and Jo and her six coworkers have the final shift. When a body is discovered, their only escape is through the dark, shuttered mall." --From Publisher's Description

When Sea Becomes Sky

By Gillian McDunn
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 24
Summary: "As Pelican Island's history-making drought wears on, the water level on Bex and Davey's beloved marsh reveals the hand of a statue that has been underneath the water for who knows how long, and the siblings are determined to find out more." --From Publisher's Description

The Dreamatics

By Michelle Cuevas
Recommended: Grades 4 to 6
Pages: 311
Summary: "A fantastical theatre and its troupe perform a young girl's dreams, until nightmares take over and one devoted stagehand must bring joy back into the spotlight." --From Publisher's Description

The Puppets of Spelhorst

By Kate DiCamillo
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 138
Summary: "Shut in a trunk by a taciturn old sea captain, five friends dream of song and light, freedom and flight, purpose and glory. At last, their shared fate arrives." --From Publisher's Description

Buffalo Flats

By Martine Leavitt
Recommended: Grades 7 and Up
Pages: 232
Summary: "17-year-old Rebecca has traveled by covered wagon from Utah to the Northwest Territories. There she decides to set her sights on something different: she loves the land and wants her own piece of it." --From Publisher's Description

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

By Andrew Joseph White
Recommended: Grades 9 and Up
Pages: 381
Summary: "London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead has thinned, and violet-eyed mediums commune with spirits. Here, 16-year-old autistic transgender boy Silas must expose a power-hungry secret society while confined to a cruel finishing school." --From Publisher's Description

Bea and the New Deal Horse

By L. M. Elliott
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 375
Summary: "Abandoned by her father at the onset of the Great Depression, 13-year-old Bea convinces Mrs. Scott to take in her and her sister in exchange for farm work. Bea soon bonds with a seemingly untrainable horse, and together they might just save the farm." --From Publisher's Description

The Long Run

By James Acker
Recommended: Ages 14 to 18
Pages: 391
Summary: "Bash 'the Flash' has no idea what he wants out of life until he meets Sandro. When fate brings these two very different track-and-field athletes together, they find a love for which they'd risk everything." --From Publisher's Description

Elf Dog and Owl Head

By M. T. Anderson; Junyi Wu (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 229
Summary: "Quarantined with his family as a global plague ravages the world, Clay retreats to the woods where he meets a special little dog who leads him on surreal adventures. Will they choose the right path, or lose their way?" --From Publisher's Description

Star Splitter

By Matthew J. Kirby
Recommended: Grades 9 and Up
Pages: 305
Summary: "2199. Deep-space exploration is a reality and teleportation is routine. But this time something has gone very, very wrong. 17-year-old Jessica Mathers wakes up in a lander that's crashed onto the surface of planet Carver 1061c and must unravel the mystery of the destruction all around her." --From Publisher's Description

Marya Khan and the Fabulous Jasmine Garden

By Saadia Faruqi
Recommended: Ages 6 to 9
Pages: 142
Summary: "When Marya's class participates in taking care of the school's new garden, Marya wants to be in charge." --From Publisher's Description


By Carl Hiaasen
Recommended: Ages 10 and Up
Pages: 323
Summary: "Valdez Jones VIII calls himself Wrecker because his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather salvaged shipwrecks for a living. So is it destiny, irony, or just bad luck when he comes across a speedboat that has run hard aground on a sand flat?" --From Publisher's Description

New Books for Educators and Future Educators

2024 Award Winning Books

The Eyes and the Impossible

Winner of the 2024 John Newbery Medal
By Dave Eggers
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 249
Summary: "Free dog Johannes' job is to observe everything that happens in his urban park and report back to the park's three bison elders, but changes are afoot." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2024 Caldecott Medal
Written and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Recommended: Grade K to 3
Pages: 32
Summary: "Praised for acting like a big girl when she is small, 'big' becomes a word of criticism as she grows." --From Publisher's Description

Nigeria Jones

Winner of the 2024 Coretta Scott King Author Award
By Ibi Zoboi
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 369
Summary: "Nigeria has been raised by her father as part of the Movement. But when her mother disappears, she finds herself stepping into a role she doesn't want." --From Publisher's Description

An American Story

Winner of the 2024 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
By Kwame Alexander; Dare Coulter (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades K to 3
Pages: 32
Summary: "This is the story of American slavery, a story that needs to be told and understood by all of us." --From Publisher's Description

Henry, Like Always

Winner of the 2024 Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children
By Jenn Bailey; Mika Song (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6 to 9
Pages: 40
Summary: "Henry, a first grader on the autism spectrum, attempts to navigate friendships and sudden changes in classroom routines." --From Publisher's Description

The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn

Winner of the 2024 Schneider Family Book Award for Middle Grades
By Sally J. Pla
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 324
Summary: "Follows 13-year-old neurodivergent Maudie during an eventful summer in California with her father, where she struggles with whether to share a terrible secret about life with her mom and stepdad." --From Publisher's Description

Forever Is Now

Winner of the 2024 Schneider Family Book Award for Teens
By Mariama J. Lockington
Recommended: Grades 10 to 12
Pages: 398
Summary: "When 16-year-old Sadie, a queer Black girl, develops agoraphobia the summer before her junior year, she relies on her best friend, family, and therapist to overcome her fears." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2024 Pura Belpre Awards for Author and Illustrator
By Pedro Martín
Recommended: Ages 10-14
Pages: 309
Summary: "Pedro Martin's grown up in the U.S. hearing stories about his legendary abuelito. Then, during a family road trip to Mexico, he learns more about his own Mexican identity in this moving and hilarious graphic memoir." --From Publisher's Description

Saints of the Household

Winner of the 2024 Pura Belpré Award and the 2024 Walter Dean Myers Award for Young Adults
By Ari Tison
Recommended: Grades 10 to 12
Pages: 312
Summary: "When brothers Max and Jay help a classmate in trouble, they struggle with the consequences of their actions and turn to their Bribri roots to find their way forward." --From Publisher's Description

The Mona Lisa Vanishes

Winner of the 2024 Robert F. Sibert Award
By Nicholas Day
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 276
Summary: "On a hot August day in Paris in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum. This book traces the secret at the heart of the most famous painting in the world." --From Publisher's Description

Fox Has a Problem

Winner of the 2024 Theodore "Seuss" Geisel Award
By Corey R. Tabor
Recommended: Grades K to 1
Pages: 32
Summary: "Fox has a not-so-new problem, and all the other animals must come together with the ultimate fix." --From Publisher's Description

Rez Ball

Winner of the 2024 William C. Morris Award and the 2024 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Young Adults
By Byron Graves
Recommended: Ages 13 and Up
Pages: 357
Summary: "Tre sees making the Red Lake Reservation high school basketball team as the first step toward his dream of playing in the NBA, no matter how much the odds are stacked against him." --From Publisher's Description

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed

Winner of the 2024 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
By Dashka Slater
Recommended: Ages 12 to 18
Pages: 480
Summary: "A high school student started a private Instagram account that used racist and sexist memes to make his friends laugh. In the end, no one was laughing." --From Publisher's Description

Ruby Lost and Found

Winner of the 2024 Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature
By Christina Li
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 288
Summary: "13-year-old Ruby retraces her late Ye-Ye's scavenger hunt maps of San Francisco in an attempt to find a way out of her grief." --From Publisher's Description

The Blood Years

Winner of the 2024 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adults
By Elana K. Arnold
Recommended: Ages 14 and Up
Pages: 390
Summary: "Being a Jew is dangerous for Astra. When war breaks out in her town in Romania, she must decide whether holding on to her life might mean letting go of everything else that has ever mattered." --From Publisher's Description

Remember Us

Winner of the 2024 Walter Dean Myers Award for Younger Readers
By Jacqueline Woodson
Recommended: Grades 5 and Up
Pages: 178
Summary: "While Sage prefers to spend her time shooting hoops with the guys, she's also still trying to figure out her place inside the circle of girls she's known since childhood." --From Publisher's Description

A Letter for Bob

Winner of the 2024 American Indian Youth Literature Award, Picture Book
By Kim Rogers
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Ever since the day Mom and Dad brought their car home from the dealership, Bob has been a part of Katie's family." --From Publisher's Description

We Still Belong

Winner of the 2024 American Indian Youth Literature Award, Middle Grade
By Christine Day
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 239
Summary: "Wesley's hopeful plans for Indigenous Peoples' Day (and asking her crush to the dance) go all wrong until she finds herself surrounded by the love of her Indigenous family and community." --From Publisher's Description

2023 Award Winning Books


Winner of the 2023 John Newbery Medal
Winner of the 2023 Coretta Scott King Author Award
By Amina Luqman-Dawson
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 403
Summary: "After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world." --From Publisher's Description

Hot Dog

Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal
By Doug Salati
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "This hot dog has had enough of summer in the city! When he plops down in the middle of a crosswalk, his owner endeavors to get him the breath of fresh air he needs." --From Publisher's Description

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Winner of the 2023 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
By Carole Boston Weatherford; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 1-4
Pages: 32
Summary: "The popular spiritual has been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of African American people and their history. The text and illustrations of this inspirational book are informative reminders of yesterday, hopeful images for today, and aspirational dreams of tomorrow." --From Publisher's Description

All My Rage

Winner of the 2023 Printz Award
By Sabaa Tahir
Recommended: Ages 14 and Up
Pages: 374
Summary: "Sal scrambles to run the family business as his mother's health fails. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope between working at her uncle's liquor store and the fact that she's applying to college so she can escape him. He and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth." --From Publisher's Description

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion

Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children
By Shannon Stocker; Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator), 2022
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 40
Summary: "A nonfiction picture book biography celebrating Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Middle Grades
By C. C. Harrington, 2022
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 324
Summary: "Twelve-year-old Maggie's stutter causes her much heartache and only her menagerie of pets, with whom she can speak with fluidly, provide her comfort. But when she finds Rumpus, an abandoned snow leopard, in a forest in Cornwall, their chance encounter will change their lives forever." -Provided by Publisher

The Words We Keep

Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Young Adults
By Erin Stewart
Recommended: Ages 12 and Up
Pages: 387
Summary: "When sixteen-year-old Lily Larkin's older sister, Alice, begins to struggle with her mental health, Lily attempts to keep everything together and perfect, despite her own growing anxiety." 12 and Up
--From Publisher's Description

Just a Girl

Winner of the 2023 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
By Lia Levi
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 135
Summary: "Six-year-old Lia loves to build sandcastles at the beach, and her biggest problem is her shyness and quiet, birdlike voice. Then prime minister Mussolini joins forces with Hitler in World War II, and everything changes.  Will she ever be 'just a girl' again?" --From Publisher's Description

Where Wonder Grows

Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
By Xelena González; Adriana M. Garcia (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 5-10
Pages: 32
Summary: "Three girls follow their grandmother into her garden, where they examine her collection of rocks, crystals, shells, and meteorites and learn about the marvels they reveal. Gathered together, Grandma and the girls let their surroundings spark their imaginations." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpré Author Award
By Claribel A. Ortega; Rose Bousamra (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 4-8
Pages: 212
Summary: "Marlene doesn't understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of her best friend Camila and cool Tía Ruby, she slowly starts to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair." --From Publisher's Description

Burn down, Rise Up

Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpre Award for Young Adults
By Vincent Tirado
Recommended: Grades 10-12
Pages: 338
Summary: "When an urban legend rumored to trap people inside subway tunnels seems to be behind mysterious disappearances in the Bronx, sixteen-year-old Raquel and her friends team up to save their city--and confront a dark episode from history in the process." --From Publisher's Description

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

Winner of the 2023 Sibert Award
By Elizabeth Partridge; Lauren Tamaki (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 123
Summary: "Three legendary photographers document life at Manzanar, an incarceration camp in the California desert, through words and images." --From Publisher's Description

Love, Violet

Winner of the 2023 Stonewall Book Award for Children
By Charlotte Sullivan Wild; Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Of all the kids in Violet's class, only one leaves her speechless: Mira. But every time Violet tries to tell Mira how she feels, Violet goes shy. As Valentine's Day approaches, Violet is determined to tell Mira just how special she is." --From Publisher's Description

When the Angels Left the Old Country

Winner of the 2023 Stonewall Book Award for Young Adults
Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adults
By Sacha Lamb
Recommended: Grades 7-12
Pages: 400
Summary: "Uriel the angel and Little Ash the demon are the only two supernatural creatures in their shtetl. When one of the young people from the village goes missing, Uriel and Little Ash set off to find her. But there are obstacles ahead of them as difficult as what they've left behind." --From Publisher's Description

I Did It!

Winner of the 2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
By Michael Emberley
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A little creature tries again and again to learn to ride a bicycle, and all their friends help with supportive words of encouragement." --From Publisher's Description

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

Winner of the 2023 William C. Morris Award
By Isaac Blum, 2022
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 218
Summary: "Hoodie Rosen's entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to a quiet, mostly non-Jewish town, but life isn't that bad. That is, until he meets and falls for the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie's community out of the town. Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he's ever known." --Provided by Publisher

Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice

Winner of the 2023 YALSA Nonfiction Award
By Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 200
Summary: "On the podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, gold medalist Tommie Smith raised a black-gloved fist to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory." --From Publisher's Description

From the Tops of the Trees

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Picture Book Award
By Kao Kalia Yang; Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 5-9
Pages: 32
Summary: "The true story of a young girl who has never known life outside a Hmong refugee camp and a father determined to help her dream beyond the fences that confine them." --From Publisher's Description

Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for Middle Grades
By Lisa Yee, 2022
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 276
Summary: "11-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota, for the first time. As her stay unexpectedly lengthens, she makes new discoveries about her family's history. And when a beloved family treasure goes missing, Maizy decides it's time to find the answers." --From Publisher's Description

Himawari House

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adults
By Harmony Becker
Recommended: Ages 14-18
Pages: 374
Summary: "Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage. At the Himawari sharehouse, she meets two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio become fast friends, but will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with the challenges of being fish out of water?" --From Publisher's Description

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs

Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award
By Chana Stiefel; Susan Gal (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Yaffa is a spirited young girl who grows up in a once vibrant town in Poland. She survives World War II, becomes America's foremost Holocaust expert, and creates an exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum using her grandmother's photos." --From Publisher's Description

Aviva vs the Dybbuk

Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Award for Middle Grades
By Mari Lowe
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 171
Summary: "A long ago 'accident.' An isolated girl named Aviva. A community that wants to help, but doesn't know how. And a ghostly dybbuk, that no one but Aviva can see. That is the setting for this suspenseful novel of a girl who seems to have lost everything." --From Publisher's Description

Man Made Monsters

Winner of the 2023 Walter Dean Meyers Award for Teens
By Andrea Rogers, 2022
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 315
Summary: "Follows one extended Cherokee family across the centuries, from the tribe’s homelands in Georgia in the 1830s to World War I, the Vietnam War, our own present, and well into the future, as they encounter predators of all kinds in each time period." --From Publisher's Description

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

Winner of the 2023 Walter Dean Meyers Award for Young Children
By Angela Joy; Janelle Washington (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 2-5
Pages: 32
Summary: "The story of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement." --From Publisher's Description

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