Book Awards

Newbery Award Winner 2022

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Newbery Honor 2022

Red, White, and Whole, written by Rajani LaRocca
A Snake Falls to Earth, written by Darcie Little Badger
Too Bright to See, written by Kyle Lukoff
Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

Caldecott Winner 2022

Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin, written by Andrea Wang

Caldecott Honor 2022

Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, illustrated and written by Shawn Harris
Mel Fell, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Wonder Walkers illustrated and written by Micha Archer

Coretta Scott King Author Winner 2022

Carole Boston Weatherford for Unspeakable

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner 2022

Floyd Cooper for Unspeakable

Coretta Scott King Author Honor 2022

Home Is Not a Country, written by Safia Elhillo

Revolution in Our Time, written by Kekla Magoon

The People Remember, written by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor 2022

 Nina: A Story of Nina Simone, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Traci N. Todd

We Wait for the Sun, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe

Soul Food Sunday, illustrated by C.G. Esperanza, written by Winsome Bingham

Pura Belpré Awards 2022

Youth Illustration:  ¡Vamos! Let’s Cross the Bridge, by  Raúl the Third, Illustrated by  Raúl the Third

Youth Author: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award 2022

Amber McBride for Me (Moth)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2022

The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art by Cynthia Levinson

Robert F. Sibert Honor 2022

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem, written by Colleen Paeff, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, written by Steve Sheinkin

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, written by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac

Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate, written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Stonewall Book Award 2022

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Sydney Taylor Book Awards 2022

Picture Book: The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel

Middle Grade: How to Find What You’re Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot Against President Garfield by Gail Jarrow

For a complete list of the 2022 award winners, please visit the American Library Association webpage.


The 2021-2022 MCBA Nominees List


The 2021 winner of the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is:

Front Desk by Kelly Yang!

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award honors books that promote reading for pleasure
among students in grades four through six. The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is sponsored by Salem State University and coordinated by Dr. Cami Condie. More about the Massachusetts Choice Book Award


Interested in seeing more? To browse more books visit the Minuteman Book Award List, Kids and Teens.

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