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2022 Winners and Finalists

The Kids’ Book Choice Awards are the only national book awards chosen solely by kids and teens!

Winner
We All Play: kimêtawânaw

We All Play

By: Julie Flett
Illustrated by:
Julie Flett
ISBN: 9781771646079
Fiction, 4-6, Background / Culture

 
The Big Bath House

The Big Bath House

By: Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by:
Gracey Zhang
ISBN: 9780593181959
Fiction, 4-6, Background / Culture
 
Mel Fell

Mel Fell

By: Corey R. Tabor
Illustrated by:
Corey R. Tabor
ISBN: 9780062878014
Fiction, 4-6, Action / Adventure
 
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

Nina

By: Traci N. Todd
Illustrated by:
Christian Robinson
ISBN: 9781524737283
Nonfiction, 4-6, Background / Culture
 
Over the Shop

Over the Shop

By: Jonarno Lawson
Illustrated by:
Qin Long
ISBN: 9781536201475
Fiction, 4-6, LGBTQIA+
 
Watercress

Watercress

By: Andrea Wang
Illustrated by:
Jason Chin
ISBN: 9780823446247
Fiction, 4-6, Diversity
Winner
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Unspeakable

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by:
Floyd Cooper
ISBN: 9781541581203
Nonfiction, 7-12, History

 
1619 Project, The: Born on the Water

1619 Project, The

By: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson
Illustrated by:
Nikkolas Smith
ISBN: 9780593307359
Nonfiction, 7-12, Background / Culture
 
The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy

By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by:
Sophie Blackall
ISBN: 9781536213614
Fiction, 7-12, Fantasy
 
Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet

Hello, Earth!

By: Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by:
Miren Asiain Lora
ISBN: 9780802855282
Nonfiction, 7-12, Poetry
 
Stuntboy, in the Meantime

Stuntboy, in the Meantime

By: Jason Reynolds
Illustrated by:
Raúl the Third
ISBN: 9781534418165
Fiction, 7-12, Humor
Winner
Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

By: Malinda Lo
ISBN: 9780525555278
Fiction, Teen, Hisotrical Fiction

 
Disability Visability (Adapted for Young Adults): 17 First-Person Stories for Today

Disability Visability (Adapted for Young Adults)

By: Alice Wong
ISBN: 9780593381670
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
The Hazards of Love: Bright World

The Hazards of Love

By: Stan Stanley
ISBN: 9781620108574
Fiction, Teen, Romance
 
Himawari House

Himawari House

By: Harmony Becker
ISBN: 9781250235565
Fiction, Teen, Coming of Age
 
The Other Talk Reckoning with Our White Privilege

The Other Talk Reckoning with Our White Privilege

By: Brendan Kiely
ISBN: 9781534494046
Nonfiction, Teen, How-to / Activity
 
A Sitting in St. James

A Sitting in St. James

By: Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780062367310
Fiction, Teen, Historical Fiction
Winner
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Shutdown

Fallout

By: Steve Sheinkin
ISBN: 9781250149015
Nonfiction, Teen, History

 
Borders

Borders

By: Thomas King
Illustrated by:
Natasha Donovan
ISBN: 9780316593069
Fiction, 7-12, Folklore / Fairytales / Myths
 
The Last Cuentista

The Last Cuentista

By: Donna Barba Higuera
ISBN: 9781646140893
Fiction, Teen, Fantasy
 
Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

By: Varian Johnson
ISBN: 9781338348538
Fiction, 7-12, Coming of Age
 
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Revolution in Our Time

By: Kekla Magoon
ISBN: 9781536214185
Nonfiction, Teen, Biography / Memoir
 
The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

The Sea-Ringed World

By: Maria Garcia Esperón; tr. by David Bowles
Illustrated by:
Amanda Mijangos
ISBN: 9781646141517
Nonfiction, 7-12, History
Winner
Big Brain Book: How It Works and All Its Quirks

Big Brain Book

By: Leanne Boucher Gill
ISBN: 9781433830457
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science

 
Animated Science: Periodic Table

Animated Science

By: John Farndon
Illustrated by:
Shiho Pate
ISBN: 9781338753660
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Legacy

By: Nikki Grimes
ISBN: 9781681199443
Fiction, 7-12, Poetry
 
Look Up to See What the Weather Will Be

Look Up to See What the Weather Will Be

By: Guy Brown
Illustrated by:
Mario Lugo
ISBN: 9781938492433
Fiction, 7-12, Animals
 
MinuteEarth Explains – How Did Whales Get So Big?

MinuteEarth Explains – How Did Whales Get So Big?

By: MinuteEarth
ISBN: 9781642506310
Nonfiction, 7-12, Science
 
Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies

Timelines from Black History

By: DK
ISBN: 9780744039092
Nonfiction, 7-12, History
Winner
This Book is Feminist

This Book is Feminist

By: Jamia Wilson
Illustrated by:
Aurélia Durand
ISBN: 9780711256415
Nonfiction, Teen, How-to / Activity

 
BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)

BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)

By: Jessica Speer
Illustrated by:
Elowyn Dickerson
ISBN: 9781641701952
Fiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
Call Us What We Carry

Call Us What We Carry

By: Amanda Gorman
ISBN: 9780593465066
Nonfiction, Teen, Poetry
 
The Girl from the Sea

The Girl from the Sea

By: Molly Knox Ostertag
Illustrated by:
Molly Knox Ostertag
ISBN: 9781338746471
Fiction, Teen, LGBTQIA+
 
Jo & Rus OGN SC

Jo & Rus OGN SC

By: Audra Winslow
Illustrated by:
Audra Winslow
ISBN: 9781684156108
Fiction, 7-12, Coming of Age
 
The Magical Imperfect

The Magical Imperfect

By: Chris Baron
ISBN: 9781250767820
Fiction, 7-12, Fantasy
Winner
Nerdycorn

Nerdycorn

By: Andrew Root
Illustrated by:
Erin Kraan
ISBN: 9781534460058
Fiction, 4-6, Animals

 
1, 2, 3 Do the Shark

1, 2, 3 Do the Shark

By: Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by:
Rosalind Beardshaw
ISBN: 9781684643172
Fiction, 4-6, Animals
 
Aaron Slater, Illustrator

Aaron Slater, Illustrator

By: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by:
David Roberts
ISBN: 9781419753961
Fiction, 4-6, Music / Art
 
Madeline the Mermaid

Madeline the Mermaid

By: Julie Awerkamp & Holly Andreason
Illustrated by:
Jesi Yap
ISBN: 9781952209628
Fiction, 4-6, Fantasy
 
Milo Imagines the World

Milo Imagines the World

By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by:
Christian Robinson
ISBN: 9780399549083
Fiction, 4-6, Background / Culture
 
Off to See the Sea

Off to See the Sea

By: Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by:
Elizabeth Zunon
ISBN: 9781492638292
Fiction, 4-6, Mental/Physical Health
Winner
The Hawthorne Legacy

The Hawthorne Legacy

By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
ISBN: 9780759557635
Fiction, Teen, Romance

 
Beasts of Prey

Beasts of Prey

By: Ayana Gray
ISBN: 9780593405680
Fiction, Teen, Fantasy
 
Blackout

Blackout

By: Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
ISBN: 9780063088092
Fiction, Teen, Contemporary
 
Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit

Call Me Athena

By: Colby Cedar Smith
ISBN: 9781524865603
Fiction, Teen, Historical Fiction
 
Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

By: Angeline Boulley
ISBN: 9781250766564
Fiction, Teen, Mystery / Thriller
 
Heartstopper #3

Heartstopper #3

By: Alice Oseman
Illustrated by:
Alice Oseman
ISBN: 9781338617535
Fiction, Teen, LGBTQIA+
Winner
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

Beasts and Beauty

By: Soman Chainani
Illustrated by:
Julia Iredale
ISBN: 9780062652638
Fiction, 7-12, Folklore / Fairytales / Myths

 
Ace of Spades

Ace of Spades

By: Faridah Abike-Iyimide
ISBN: 9781250800817
Fiction, Teen, LGBTQIA+
 
Adventure Kingdom

Adventure Kingdom

By: Steve Foxe
Illustrated by:
Pedro Rodríguez and Dan Nordskog
ISBN: 9781524869823
Fiction, 7-12, Action / Adventure
 
All Of Us Villains

All Of Us Villains

By: Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
ISBN: 9781250789259
Fiction, Teen, Action / Adventure
 
All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change

All the Feelings Under the Sun

By: Leslie Davenport
Illustrated by:
Jessica Smith
ISBN: 9781433833915
Nonfiction, Teen, Mental/Physical Health
 
Chandu and the Super Set of Parents

Chandu and the Super Set of Parents

By: Roopa Raveendran-Menon
Illustrated by:
C. B. Royal
ISBN: 9781646030149
Fiction, 7-12, Cultural Diversity
Winner
Heartstopper #3

Heartstopper #3

By: Alice Oseman
Illustrated by:
Alice Oseman
ISBN: 9781338617535
Fiction, Teen, LGBTQIA+

 
Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

By: Angie Thomas 
ISBN: 9780062846716
Fiction, Teen, Coming of Age
 
Firekeeper’s Daughter

Firekeeper’s Daughter

By: Angeline Boulley
ISBN: 9781250766564
Fiction, Teen, Mystery / Thriller
 
The Hawthorne Legacy

The Hawthorne Legacy

By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
ISBN: 9780759557635
Fiction, Teen, Romance
 
The Heartbreak Bakery

The Heartbreak Bakery

By: A.R. Capetta
ISBN: 9781536216530
Fiction, Teen, Contemporary
 
Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing

By: Nicola Yoon
ISBN: 9781524718961
Fiction, Teen, Romance
Winner
Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day

Misty the Cloud

By: Dylan Dreyer
Illustrated by:
Rosie Butcher
ISBN: 9780593180389
Fiction, 4-6, Science

 
Ambitious Girl

Ambitious Girl

By: Meena Harris
Illustrated by:
Marissa Valdez
ISBN: 9780316229692
Fiction, 4-6, Contemporary
 
Barbara Throws a Wobbler

Barbara Throws a Wobbler

By: Nadia Shireen
Illustrated by:
Nadia Shireen
ISBN: 9781684642250
Fiction, 4-6, Social Emotional Learning
 
The Boy in the Orange Cape

The Boy in the Orange Cape

By: Adam Ciccio
Illustrated by:
Emmanuel Volant
ISBN: 9781605375991
Fiction, 4-6, Animals
 
Chi Chi the Rescue Dog: Never Give Up

Chi Chi the Rescue Dog

By: Elizabeth Howell
Illustrated by:
Blayne Fox
ISBN: 9781612545332
Fiction, 4-6, Animals
 
Neverwoof

Neverwoof

By: Gabe Jensen
Illustrated by:
Gabe Jensen
ISBN: 9781641704618
Fiction, 4-6, Humor
Winner
Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy

By: Kwame Mbalia
ISBN: 9780593379936
Fiction, 7-12, Diversity

 
Amari and the Night Brothers

Amari and the Night Brothers

By: B.B. Alston
ISBN: 9780062975171
Fiction, 7-12, Fantasy
 
The Hero Handbook

The Hero Handbook

By: Matt Langdon
ISBN: 9781433827969
Nonfiction, 7-12, How-to / Activity
 
Linked

Linked

By: Gordon Korman
ISBN: 9781338629118
Fiction, 7-12, Mystery / Thriller
 
One Bee Too Many

One Bee Too Many

By: Andrés Pi Andreu
Illustrated by:
Kim Amate
ISBN: 9781642505948
Fiction, 7-12, Diversity
 
The People’s Painter

The People’s Painter

By: Cynthia Levinson
Illustrated by:
Evan Turk
ISBN: 9781419741302
Nonfiction, 7-12, Biography / Memoir
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