2017 Nominees: young readers

#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 >
(H)AFROCENTRIC COMICS by Juliana "Jewels"  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Readers will be smitten with Naima, and they will hope for more of her. (Graphic novel. 14-adult)"
Originally published in four separate volumes, this graphic novel introduces the outspoken college-student revolutionary Naima Pepper and her friends. Read full book review >
10 THINGS I CAN SEE FROM HERE by Carrie Mac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"With Maeve, Mac delivers a character who's heartwarmingly real and sympathetic, and her story provides a much needed mirror for anxious queer girls everywhere. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A white teen with severe anxiety struggles to manage her mental health and finds joy in a budding relationship with a new girlfriend. Read full book review >
5 LITTLE DUCKS by Denise Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Packed with personality and charm, these five ducklings will waddle their ways into the hearts of readers and listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A traditional rhyme serves as the basis for an adaptation with an expanded worldview. Read full book review >
<i>THE NUTCRACKER</i> IN HARLEM by T.E. McMorrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An intriguing integration of The Nutcracker's magic into a new setting and a welcome addition to the shelf of Nutcracker-themed picture books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The plot structure of The Nutcracker ballet's first act is used as the inspiration for this Jazz Age-era story about a shy girl in Harlem. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >
A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An original and thought-provoking exploration of the rhythms of friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It is common to associate cages with imprisonment, but what of the cage's point of view? Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR  by Bonny Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Another appealing adventure for this delightful duo, just right for a Christmas Eve storytime, perhaps enjoyed with a plate of pickles. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In their sixth adventure together, best friends Bear and Mouse celebrate Christmas with pickles, a poem, and presents. Read full book review >
A DIFFERENT POND  by Bao Phi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Spare and simple, a must-read for our times. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A fishing trip is not just a fishing trip in this poignant, semiautobiographical tale. Read full book review >
A DOG IN THE CAVE by Kay Frydenborg
Released: March 14, 2017

"This lively blend of science and history is an outstanding example of narrative nonfiction. (Nonfiction 12 & up)"
A compelling look at the origins of and the ongoing unique relationship between humans and dogs. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Friendship blossoms between canine and rodent in this paean to the sheer joy of being alive. 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.