2017 Nominees: young readers (page 5)

SPINNING by Tillie Walden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A quiet powerhouse of a memoir. (Graphic memoir. 13-adult)"
Graphic novelist Walden recounts her years coming-of-age as a competitive ice skater. Read full book review >
WARCROSS by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A stellar cyberpunk series opener packed with simmering romance and cinematic thrills. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
A down-and-out teen, days from eviction, competes in the championships of the world's most popular virtual reality game. Read full book review >
SCHOMBURG by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them. (Picture book/biography/poetry. 9-12)"
An eccentric, smart, and quirky bibliophile, Arturo Schomburg fueled his life with books. Read full book review >
ON A MAGICAL DO-NOTHING DAY by Beatrice Alemagna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An effective argument for unplugged exploration, submitted through startlingly beautiful words and pictures. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Depressed by another rainy weekend in the country cabin, a shaggy-haired, bespectacled, white child wallows on the sofa, numbing malaise with a hand-held video game. Read full book review >
WHY AM I ME? by Paige Britt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A mindful, captivating ode to wonder and a must for any story- or bedtime repertoire. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Two children think about some big questions in Britt, Qualls, and Alko's quiet picture book. Read full book review >
WHEN THE MOON COMES by Paul Harbridge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The game of shinny, which never grows old. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It is a ritual with many moving parts. So it is rare, and so it is magic. Read full book review >
IN YOUR HANDS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Insightful, poignant, groundbreaking—and a reminder that the lives of all children are also in our hands. (Picture book/religion. 5-adult)"
A new mother describes her dreams for her son, her hopes for his future, and her prayers for his safety. Read full book review >
THE ANTLERED SHIP by Dashka Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A beautifully composed package filled with whimsy and wisdom—the story of this unique vessel will inspire and entertain thoughtful listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A philosophical fox full of questions boards a ship with strangers and discovers that finding friends is even better than finding answers. Read full book review >
IMAGINE THAT! by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Buoyantly told, rich in insights into the creative process as well as the crafts of writing, illustrating, and storytelling. (book list) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
How a masterpiece was cooked up, with Green Eggs and Ham for dessert. Read full book review >
WEE SISTER STRANGE by Holly Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An enchanting bedtime tale to be read over and over again. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young woodland child is on the hunt for a bedtime story in Grant and Campbell's debut collaboration. Read full book review >
NIPÊHON / I WAIT by Caitlin Dale Nicholson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A quiet, gentle picture book about a contemporary First Nations family and their ties to one another, their heritage, and their homeland. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Spare, bilingual text written in Cree (in both the standard Roman orthography and in syllabics) and in English presents a multigenerational harvesting of wild yarrow. Read full book review >
KISIMI TAIMAIPPAKTUT ANGIRRARIJARANI / ONLY IN MY HOMETOWN by Angnakuluk  Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Heartwarming and illuminating. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Life in a snowy northern town, from a child's perspective and written both in Inuktitut and English Read full book review >

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