Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 22, 2021

Book Winners – Kudos – B&N new Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards


Maria Marshall won THE OWL WHO ASKS WHY by Michelle Garcia Andersen

Jill Nogales won WE’RE BETTER TOGETHER by Eileen Spinelli

Nancy Furstinger won BIRDS OF A FEATHER by Sita Singh

Lynn Marie won BINDU’S BINDIS by Supriya Kelkar


Natasha Zimmers won THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP by by Charlotte Offsay

Wanda Luthman won LITTLE EWE: The Story of One Lost Sheep by Laura Sassi


At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:

Alex Littlefield has been promoted to executive editor

Sarah Kwak has been promoted to associate editor.

Ada Zhang will join Running Press as an associate editor on March 8. Zhang was previously at Sterling Children’s.

At HMH Children’s:

Margaret Raymo has been promoted to vp, senior editorial director

Lily Kessinger to editor

Harriet Low to associate editor

Elizabeth Agyemang to associate editor

Eleanor Hinkle to editorial associate.

Samira Iravani has joined as associate art director; previously she was senior designer at Penguin Children’s.

At Abrams:

Laura Dozier has been promoted to executive editor

Samantha Weiner to executive editor

Chelsea Cutchens to editor

Connor Leonard to associate editor

Barnes & Noble announced the inaugural shortlist for its new Children’s & Young Adult Book Awards, with winners to be chosen on May 3:

Picture Book
All Because You Matter, by Tami Charles; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Every Night is Pizza Night, by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt; illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero
Fern and Otto, written and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin.
Mel Fell, written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
The Whatifs, by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Zoe Persico
What the Road Said, by Cleo Wade; illustrated by Lucie de Moyencourt

Young Readers
Amari and the Night Brothers, by B.B. Alston
Everything Sad Is Untrue, by Daniel Nayeri
The List of Things That Will Not Change, by Rebecca Stead
Twins, by Varian Johnson; illustrated by Shannon Wright
When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Wink, by Rob Harrell

Young Adult
The Black Kids, by Christina Hammonds Reed
Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas
Felix Ever After, by Kacen Callender
Firekeeper’s Daughter, by Angeline Boulley
Punching the Air, by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Great news all around! Congrats to all!

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  2. Yay, can’t wait to savor Birds of a Feather!

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  3. Congrats to all the winners -such great books!!

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  4. Congrats to the winners! There are some great books on this list!

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