Elementary Nominees 2022
Big Foot and Little Foot
by Ellen Potter, art by Felicita Sala
Are humans really as scary as the teachers at the Academy for Curious Squidges say? Hugo the young sasquatch isn’t so sure. Boone, the boy he spots while playing hide and sneak, doesn’t seem so bad. Join Hugo and Boone as they ad venture through the Big Wide World!
CatStronauts: Mission Moon
by Drew Brockington
Oh no! The world is running out of power! Can the best space cats on the planet set up a solar power plant on the moon and get the lights back on?
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist by Linda Skeers, art by Marta Álvarez Miguéns One day, while hunting for fossils on the beach near her home, Mary Anning dis covers the bones of a creature that no one has ever seen before. Science will never be the same!
InvestiGATORS by John Patrick Green Will the InvestiGators track down the tricky trail of clues or will the criminals slip through their grasp? Join super spy alligators Mango and Brash as they go under cover to solve the case!
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor, art by Rafael López Just like the plants in their garden, Sonia and her friends are all different, with different needs, strengths and challenges. By staying curious and learning from each other they all work together to make the world stronger and more interesting. What will you do with your powers?
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Forty one-page biographies of amazing Black women past and present. Facing each is a portrait created by the author in her distinct style. You may know about some of these noteworthy women, and many may be brand new to you!
Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, art by by Hatem Aly
Meet Yasmin, a Pakistani American girl with a big imagination and lots of personal ity. This fun chapter book will take you along on four of Yasmin’s adventures as you get to know her and her family. There are even some recipes you can try!
Megabat by Anna Humphrey, art by Kass Reich A new house for Daniel and a surprise in his attic bedroom! It’s a little bat far from home. How can Daniel and his new friends help?
Moth: An Evolution Story
by Isabel Thomas & Daniel Egneus
What does it take to survive in nature? Follow the journey of the peppered moth as it adapts to its ever-changing environment over time.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
by Isabel Quintero, art by Zeke Peña
Daisy loves riding around her neighborhood perched behind her Papi on his motor cycle. As they go from street to street she sees all the people and places she loves, from the market to Abuelita’s house to Papi’s construction site. Come along for the ride!
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with S. K. Ali, art by Hatem Aly
Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school. Faizah thinks it is beautiful and makes her sister look like a prin cess, but not everyone feels that way.
Seeds Move! by Robin Page
Before it can become a plant, a seed has to find the perfect place to grow. But how does it get there? It might travel on the wind, on the water, on an animal -- even on YOU! There are so many ways that seeds move!
by Leslie Bulion, art by Robert Meganck
Birds may come in all shapes and sizes, but each one is the most, the best, the –est at something! In this collection of poems, learn about those always-fascinating flying creatures -- birds!
by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson
A poetic tribute to Black American heroes and regular folks who faced struggles, prejudice and oppression and survived. Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson have created a love letter to the unforgettable, undeniable, unafraid, unbelievable...the undefeated!
We Are Water Protectors
by Carole Lindstrom, art by Michaela Goade “We come from water,” says Nokomis, the grandmother. But what is the black snake that legend warns will poison the water? And will the people stand together to protect the water?
Intermediate Nominees 2022
by Nic Stone
With Scoob in trouble at school and home, he is thrilled when G’ma asks him to take a road trip. G’ma’s stories make him realize how different things used to be for someone who was Black. And why is G’ma dodging his dad’s phone calls and changing license plates on the RV?
COG by Greg Van Eekhout Cog is just like any other twelve-year-old boy— except his brain and body were created by a kind scientist who built him to learn. When his scientist caretaker goes missing, Cog embarks on a mission to find her and learns more than he expected along the way.
Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido
Emmy, 12, already feels out of place having been born to highly musical parents, while she struggles with stage fright. When Emmy con nects with computer class and starts to learn coding she thinks she is finally finding her place in the world—but is it really as easy as do -re-mi?
by Jacqueline Woodson
In a world full of differences, Haley, Esteban, Tiago, Holly, Amari, and Ashton find common bonds in the A.R.T.T. room (A Room To Talk). Every Friday at 2:00 they tell their stories and connect with each other for an hour without a teacher. What they say in the room, stays in the room.
Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Nova thinks deeply about many things, espe cially outer space, but only her sister Bridget knows. Nova is on the autism spectrum, living with a new foster family, and Bridget has disap peared. She promised to be back in time for the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger launch, so Nova counts down the days until the Shuttle launches and she can be with Bridget again.
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
by Dan Gemeinhart
Coyote Sunrise has an unusual life. She’s home schooled in a bus while she travels all over the country with her dad. Coyote is content with her lot in life, but when she realizes that the park near her old home holding special memories is about to be destroyed, she strategizes a way to get there before it’s too late.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez Sal Vidon is new to school and has made an impression. He's been in the principal's office, and made enemies of both Gabi and Yasmany. Sal’s magic isn’t always appreciated. If the ability to reach through space and time can’t make middle school smooth for Sal, maybe friendship could.
Sanity & Tallulah
by Molly Brooks
Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends living on board the Wilnick Station. Tallulah’s mom finds Sanity’s secret and unauthorized science experiment, an adorable three-headed kitten named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds. When Princess Sparkle goes missing and the space station begins experiencing tech
nical problems, the girls try to find Princess Sparkle before it’s too late.
Wink by Rob Harrell
Ross is diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in the summer before middle school. After surgery, radiation, a mandatory hat, and really sticky eye cream, can Ross find a way to fit in at school?
You Don’t Know
Everything Jilly P!
by Alex Gino
When Jilly’s baby sister is born deaf, Jilly con nects with a deaf gamer in her online gaming community and discovers that the world does not always treat people the same way. She is hearing and White, her sister is deaf and White, and her new friend is deaf and Black.
iMiddle School Nominees 2022
The Benefits of Being an Octopus
by Ann Braden
Seventh-grader Zoey wishes she had eight arms to assist with all of her responsibilities. When she reluctantly joins the debate club, she learns that speaking up for herself and the people she loves creates a power she never knew she had.
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
by Stuart Gibbs
Albert Einstein created a code that could help – or destroy – the world. Decades later, an enemy organization is searching for this code, and the CIA needs the help of a genius to find it and solve its mystery. Enter Charlie Thorne. Too young to get a driver’s license, Charlie is on the hunt for clues to unravel one of the modern world’s greatest mysteries…before time runs out.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Following the First Rule of Punk can be hard when being yourself is not “normal” at your new school. When the chance to try out for the school annual talent show comes up, she finds a few like minded misfits to form a rock band. What could really go wrong? What happens when you don’t fit in? You make the show your own.
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Thirteen-year-old Genesis has a lot of things she'd like to fix in her life. Most of all, Genesis believes that if she can just change the color of her skin, everything would be better. When her own family believes her dark skin puts her at a disadvantage, how can Genesis possibly learn to love herself?
by Jen Petro-Roy
Riley is sick. She has been put in a treatment center for kids who suffer from eating disorders. Faced with a roommate who breaks the rules and an estranged family who doesn’t fully understand her sickness, Riley has to work to be able to see herself as more than just a number on a scale.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
by Dusti Bowling
Born without arms, thirteen-year-old Aven Green has been raised to believe that she can do anything. She becomes determined to show her new friend Connor that his Tourette's Syndrome shouldn't keep him from living his best life. Between helping out Connor and solving a mystery at her parents’ new western theme park she certainly has her plate full.
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish
by Pablo Cartaya
Eighth-grader Marcus Vega is having a hard time. After being suspended, he and his family take a trip to Puerto Rico to try and rebuild. Marcus meets some interesting people during this time and along the way he learns the true meaning of family.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Jam was always told that monsters are no more. After she accidentally brings a creature to life from a painting, she learns that everything is not as it seems. She must keep her wits about her to be able to clearly see the difference between lies and reality. Will Jam be able to find the monster and stand up for herself?
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh When outcast Snapdragon befriends rumoured town "witch" Jacks, she learns about her own powers and inner strength. In this coming-of-age magical realism graphic novel, we discover that those that are unfairly judged hold their own magical stories and oftentimes we find connections, love and family in the most unusual places.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
by Kwame Mbalia
Seventh-grader Tristan Strong is struggling with the death of his best friend, whose journal of stories has become Tristan’s prize possession. One night, a creature steals it from him. In a struggle to reclaim it, Tristan punches a hole into the MidPass. This puts him face to face with battling African gods and legends. Can he outwit Anansi the spider to seal the hole and find his way home?
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