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December 8, 2022
Every Child a Reader is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s KIDS’ BOOK CHOICE AWARDS.
Voted on by young readers across the country from September to November, these winners represent kids’ favorites in 12 fun categories.
Thank you to everyone who voted and encouraged voting in their communities.
See this year’s winners below!


Best Picture Book Dream Team

Andrew Root and Erin Kraan, creators of Nerdycorn (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Favorite Illustrated Character

Misty from Misty the Cloud: A Very Stormy Day, by Dylan Dreyer; illus. Rosie Butcher (Random House Children’s Books)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Book of the Year

We All Play: kimêtawânaw, written and illustrated by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids)

Favorite World Changer

Characters from Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia (Random House Children’s Books)

Best Info Meets Graphic

Big Brain Book: How It Works and All Its Quirks, by Leanne Boucher Gill PhD (Magination Press)

3rd – 5th Grade Book of the Year

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Floyd Cooper (Lerner Publishing)

Favorite Book Cover

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales, by Soman Chainani; cover by Julia Iredale (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Best Non-Prose Book

This Book is Feminist, by Jamia Wilson; illus. Aurélia Durand (Quarto Children’s Group USA)

6th – 8th Grade Book of the Year

Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, by Steve Sheinkin (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

Favorite Character Crush

Charlie Spring from Heartstopper #3, written and illustrated by Alice Oseman (Scholastic)

Best Stellar Storyteller

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, creator of The Hawthorne Legacy (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Teen Book of the Year

Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo (Penguin Young Readers Group)

Now go discover, read, re-read, and share these great creators and titles!

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