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2022-2023 Nominees

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Picture Book | Grades 4-6 | Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6 Grades 6-9 | Graphic Novels: Grades 6-9 | High School

Picture Book

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  • Avocado Asks by Momoko Abe 
  • Crossings by Katy S. Duffield, illustrated by Mile Orodan 
  • Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It) by Carrie Finison, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman 
  • Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell 
  • I am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough with Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo
  • Norman Didn't Do It! : (Yes, he did.) by Ryan T. Higgins  
  • The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho, illustrated by Jess X. Snow 
  • Outside, Inside by LeUyen Pham 
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison
  • A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
  • Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us by Emerson Weber, illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett
  • Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long 
  • Twenty-one Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Mark Tavares
  • A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott 
  • What's in Your Pocket? : Collecting Nature's Treasures by Heather L. Montgomery, illustrated by Maribel Lechuga 

Grades 4-6

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  • The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall 
  • Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes 
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf 
  • The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling 
  • Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros  
  • The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm 
  • Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca 
  • Unplugged by Gordon Korman 
  • Willodeen by Katherine Applegate 
  • Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi 

Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6

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  • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter 
  • Anti/Hero by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitira Lunetta, illustrated by Maca Gil 
  • Chunky by Yehudi Mercado 
  • City of Dragons: The Awakening Storm by Jaimal Yogis, illustrated by Vivian Truong 
  • The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith 
  • Just Roll with It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie, illustrated by Veronica Agarwal 
  • Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu 
  • Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds, illustrated by Pablo Leon 
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 
  • The Way of the Hive: A Honey Bee’s Story by Jay Hosler, illustrated by Hilary Sycamore

Grades 6-9

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  • The 47 People You’ll Meet in Middle School by Kristin Mahoney 
  • The Brave by James Bird 
  • Fallout by Steve Sheinkin 
  • Glitch by Laura Martin 
  • Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon 
  • Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt 
  • Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland 
  • The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga 
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps 
  • Summer of Brave by Amy Noelle Parks 

Graphic Novels: Grades 6-9

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  • Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens 
  • The Ghoul Next Door by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Cat Farris 
  • Huda F are You? By Huda Fahmy 
  • The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor 
  • Lifetime Passes by Terry Blas, illustrated by Claudia Aguirre 
  • Living with Viola by Rosena Fung 
  • Salt Magic by Hope Larson, illustrated by Rebecca Mock 
  • Shark Summer by Ira Marcks 
  • The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep by Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten, illustrated by Michelle Nguyen
  • Ye by Guilherme Petreca 

High School

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  • Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe 
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
  • Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky 
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn 
  • Long Way Down: the graphic novel by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff
  • Pumpkin by Julie Murphy 
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko 
  • White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

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