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2019 - 2020 William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List

Amina's Voice

(Part of Amina's Voice)
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, author of...

Pablo and Birdy

Illustrated by Ana Juan
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 22, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced...

2019 William Allen White Children's Book Award

Ghost

(Book #1 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

2021 - 2022 William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List

Roll with It

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 “A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder In the...

Counting the Stars

The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“A detail-rich picture book.” —Kirkus Reviews “Straightforward and inviting.” —School Library Journal From award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome and...

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade...

2019 Kansas NEA Reading Circle List

Batting Order

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

A New York Times bestseller From acclaimed author of the Home Team series comes a brand-new novel about the heart and soul of baseball.On or off the...

Cape

Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: August 06, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Readers…will be enamored by this blend of history, mystery, and superpowered action.” —Booklist (starred review) “Has the exciting pace of a superhero...

The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

In the tradition of Wishtree and You May Already Be a Winner, this hopeful middle grade novel tells the story of three former friends who must come...

Dancing Hands

How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln
Illustrated by Rafael López
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael...

Great White Shark Adventure

Illustrated by Joe St.Pierre
This edition: Paper Over Board, 112 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

Two young explorers join Fabien Cousteau and his team to get up close and personal with great white sharks in this start to a series of graphic...

If Pluto Was a Pea

Illustrated by Rebecca Gerlings
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: August 20, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Join two curious kids as they explore their backyard, and contemplate their place within our vast universe in this adorable picture book that’s full of...

Just Like Rube Goldberg

The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 12, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover how Rube Goldberg followed his dreams to become an award-winning cartoonist, inventor, and even an adjective in the dictionary in this...

Meena Meets Her Match

Illustrated by Rayner Alencar
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

Graduates of the Ramona Quimby series will adore Meena Zee as she navigates the triumphs and challenges of family, friendship, and personal secrets in...

More to the Story

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four...

Oh, Rats!

Illustrated by Gabriel Evans
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

When a hawk snatches up an adventurous squirrel named Phoenix, he’s ready to kiss his tail goodbye. But what should have been a death sentence becomes...

You Are Home

An Ode to the National Parks
Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Award-winning author and illustrator Evan Turk showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks in this gorgeous picture book that takes...

Born Just Right

This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

From tween advocate for limb difference and founder of Project Unicorn Jordan Reeves and her mom, Jen, comes an inspiring memoir about how every kid is...

The Cold Is in Her Bones

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

“A dark and enchanting tale.” —Bustle “Fiercely written and beautifully feminist.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last...

Honeybees and Frenemies

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey in this “sweet and satisfying read about...

Lizzy Legend

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: January 08, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Ludicrous—and a whole lot of fun…an enjoyable sports fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews “Infused with silliness and sugar, but the banter is fast and...

Maybe He Just Likes You

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A 2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade...

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

“Edgar-winning Vaught, a neuropsychologist, has both personal and professional experience to draw on in crafting a narrator who is admirably smart and...

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge

George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 08, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

“A brilliant work of US history.” —School Library Journal (starred review) “Gripping.” —BCCB (starred review) “Accessible…Necessary.” —Kirkus Reviews...

Project Me 2.0

(Part of MAX)
This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

An eleven-year-old boy on a quest to impress his suddenly cute, longtime friend accidentally manifests a tiny internet guru into existence in this...

Rising Water

The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.On June 23, 2018, twelve...

Roll with It

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 “A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder In the...

The Size of the Truth

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in...

The Story That Cannot Be Told

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 8 - 12

A powerful middle grade debut that weaves together folklore and history to tell the story of a girl finding her voice and the strength to use it during...

Winterwood

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and...

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

(Part of Amy Wu)
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise...

Cells

An Owner's Handbook
Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Join Ellie, a skin cell who lives on the derrière of a Boston Terrier, as she tells readers all about the amazing cells that make up every living thing...

Firefighters' Handbook

Illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“The writing is clear and specific, and the expansive, colorful acrylic illustrations, including labeled diagrams, are themselves quite informative.”...

I'm Worried

(Part of The I'm Books)
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath...

P Is for Poppadoms!

An Indian Alphabet Book
Illustrated by Hazel Ito
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: November 05, 2019
Ages: 0 - 8

From New York Times bestselling authors Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal comes a charming and unique alphabet book celebrating the rich culture,...

Puma Dreams

Illustrated by Jim LaMarche
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 01, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

“A lovely, beautifully illustrated story of a child's dream fulfilled.” —Kirkus Reviews “Beautifully illustrated with a strong conservation message.”...

Seeds Move!

Illustrated by Robin Page
This edition: Hardcover, 32 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Discover the fascinating and surprising ways that seeds move and find a place to grow in this gorgeous picture book from Caldecott Honoree Robin...

Spencer's New Pet

Illustrated by Jessie Sima
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: August 27, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog—except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!When Spencer gets...

Sulwe

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

A New York Times bestseller! Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices! Recipient of a Coretta Scott...

This Is MY Room!

(No Tigers Allowed)
Illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Jojo’s ready for her first night all alone in her very own room, but a menagerie of animals have other ideas in this charming and fun picture book.Jojo...

Trees

Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Every tree has its own story to tell in this evocative collection of poems celebrating the many varieties—from maple to willow to oak.There are so many...

What Miss Mitchell Saw

Illustrated by Diana Sudyka
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 03, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer.Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria...

Barely Missing Everything

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“There are moments when a story shakes you...Barely Missing Everything is one of those stories, and Mendez, a gifted storyteller with a distinct voice,...

Earth to Charlie

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

A high school outcast spends his life hoping to be abducted by aliens in this funny, quirky novel about finding your footing in a world that sometimes...

Enough Is Enough

How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety
Foreword by Shannon Watts
This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

From award-winning author Michelle Roehm McCann comes a young activist’s handbook to joining the fight against gun violence—both in your community and...

Goodbye, Perfect

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

Winner of The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize A YALSA 2020 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Friendship bonds are tested and the very nature of...

The Great Unknowable End

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: February 19, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

From the author of Tash Hearts Tolstoy comes a funny, moving novel about the lengths we’ll go to make dreams our dreams come true that’s perfect for...

How We Became Wicked

This edition: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication date: July 23, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

When an insect-borne plague begins to envelop the world, three sixteen-year-olds struggle to survive amongst the healthy “trues” and the infected...

Road Tripped

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

In this captivating story about loss, love, and changing your ways, National Book Award­–winning author Pete Hautman imbues the classic road trip novel...

Serious Moonlight

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“An atmospheric, multilayered, sex-positive romance.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced...

The Sisterhood

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

Sixteen-year-old Lil stumbles across a dangerous secret while searching for her missing sister in this gripping thriller that’s perfect for fans of The...

Sky Without Stars

(Book #1 of System Divine)
This edition: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publication date: March 26, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

“Not to be missed!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles “An explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and...

Something Like Gravity

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: June 18, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

“As beautiful as it is breathtaking.” —BuzzFeed “Will give you all the feels.” —Charlotte Magazine For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor & Park, a...

There's Something about Sweetie

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 “Adorable, joyous.” —BuzzFeed “I’m head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic, life-affirming book.” —Becky...

The Universal Laws of Marco

This edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Ages: 12 - 99

Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera, this stunning novel, told through the lens of a guy in love with the cosmos (and maybe two girls), explores the...

2019 Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Top Pick

An Invisible Thread

A Young Readers' Edition
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: May 07, 2019
Ages: 10 - 99

A Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection From New York Times bestselling authors Laura Schroff and...

Genesis Begins Again

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A Newbery Honor Book Winner of the Correta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award A Morris Award Finalist An NPR Favorite Book of 2019...

Look Both Ways

A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Illustrated by Alexander Nabaum
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: October 08, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A National Book Award Finalist! Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019 A Time...

A Place to Belong

Illustrated by Julia Kuo
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Ages: 10 - 14

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, gives up...

Revenge of the Red Club

This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: October 22, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13

A tween reporter discovers an important and beloved club at school is being shut down—and uses the power of the pen to try and activate some...

Another

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
This edition: Hardcover, 56 pages
Publication date: March 05, 2019
Ages: 5 - 8

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019 An NYPL Best Book of 2019 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 A School...

The Bell Rang

Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 15, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019 A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and...

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: April 16, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Celebrated artist and lead character designer of Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, Carter Goodrich, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest...

Pluto Gets the Call

Illustrated by Laurie Keller
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: November 12, 2019
Ages: 3 - 8

Pluto gets a call from Earth telling him he isn’t a planet anymore, so he sets out on a journey through the solar system to find out why in this funny...

Seagull & Sea Dragon

Illustrated by Sydni Gregg
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: June 04, 2019
Ages: 4 - 8

Debut author-illustrator Sydni Gregg explores the unlikely friendship between a seagull and sea dragon—and how their two worlds might be more similar...

What Every Girl Should Know

Margaret Sanger's Journey
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Ages: 14 - 99

This compelling historical novel spans the early and very formative years of feminist and women’s health activist Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned...

2020 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee

The Great Dictionary Caper

Illustrated by Eric Comstock
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 23, 2018
Ages: 4 - 8

“Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Bored with sitting...