2017 Nominees: young readers (page 52)

CHRISTMAS FOR GRETA AND GRACIE by Yasmeen Ismail
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This one has it all: original characters, an exciting plot, dazzling illustrations, and the triumph of an underdog (or underbunny). More Greta and Gracie, please. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two rabbit sisters prepare for Christmas together, but only one sister gets to meet Santa on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >
PUG by Ethan Long
Kirkus Star
by Ethan Long, illustrated by Ethan Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"New readers will be happy to yap along with this pup. How about a sequel? (Picture book/early reader. 3-7)"
"Yap yap yap" has never been so expressive or so insistent. Read full book review >
LOOK UP! by Jin-Ho Jung
Kirkus Star
by Jin-Ho Jung, illustrated by Jin-Ho Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Conceptually sophisticated; especially inviting for young artists ready to explore new visual angles. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What can sidewalk activity mean to someone high above on a balcony? Read full book review >
STRIPES THE TIGER by Jean Leroy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"For dreamers of big dreams. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Inside every kitten is a tiger…Stripes longs to let his out! Read full book review >
CALLING THE WATER DRUM by LaTisha Redding
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Moving. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A powerful story of loss and survival, human connection and hope. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE by Donna Hosie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)"
The Devil's Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince. Read full book review >
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"This poignant and entertaining tale about a playful toddler aimed at young lap readers works on a much deeper level for parents."
In her latest picture book, Dehghanpisheh (#BabyLove: My Social Life, 2016, etc.) shows the life of a curious child through the frame of the cellphone used to take his photo—until he gets his hands on the device.Read full book review >
Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This irresistible tale about the descendants of fairies should have readers smiling from the first page to the last."
A new middle-grade fantasy series focuses on the Fair Ones, who watch over Earth children from afar. Read full book review >
ALL DUCKS ARE BIRDS by Tara Michele Zrinski
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"With wonderfully realistic colored-pencil images and a kid-friendly text, this highly entertaining tale explores the notion of groups, showing the attributes of different types of birds."
A debut picture book introduces concepts of Aristotelian logic that can help children learn how to better define the inhabitants and aspects of their world. Read full book review >
CLEVER CYBÈLE by Carrie Glenn
CHILDREN'S

"A gorgeous, mysterious, and enchanting introduction to the circle of life."
In this illustrated children's book, a magical apricot falls to the ground and enchants a group of snails. Read full book review >

"A wonderfully imaginative adventure involving a missing toy."
When a boy's truck vanishes, replaced by a hockey puck, he longs to know why it disappeared and just where the new object came from in this rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
TILLIE by Mary Atkinson

"An outstanding tale that approaches issues of self-doubt, rejection, and acceptance with sensitivity, warmth, and an engagingly realistic voice."
In this novel for older elementary school children, a fifth-grader's determination to shine at roller skating becomes entangled in her concerns about her height, family, and best friend's shifting loyalties. Read full book review >

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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017 (see FAQ for exceptions), are automatically nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on November 2, 2017, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.