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Middle Grade Book Awards

Wall of awards Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac & D Foster

  • ALA Notable
  • CCBC Choice
  • Capitol Choice selection
  • Bank Street Best Book
  • Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books of 2008”
  • New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age”
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Young Adult Book Award finalist
    • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
    • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award Master List
    • Pennsylvania School Library Association’s Young Adult Top Forty (or so) reading list
    • New Jersey (nominee)
    • Oregon (nominee) )

Brown Girl Dreaming

  • National Book Award winner
  • NAACP Image Award winner (in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens)
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award winner
  • Newbery Honor winner
  • Sibert Honor winner
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist
  • New York Times Bestseller (for over 20 weeks)
  • ALA Notable
  • Bank Street College of Education’s Claudia Lewis Award
  • New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book
  • Kids’ Indie Next List (Autumn 2014)
  • Kirkus Best Book
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
  • NPR’s Great Reads List
  • TIME magazine Top 10 YA of 2014 List
  • CCBC Choice
  • NPR’s Book Concierge’s 2014 Great Reads List
  • NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show’s “Readers’ Reviews” on-air book club pick
  • Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS) 2015 winner
  • BookPage Best Children’s Book
  • Amazon Best Book (in two categories: Children’s Books and Nonfiction)
  • Buzzfeed Best YA Books of 2014
  • Goodreads Choice Award nominee
  •’s Top 25 Young Adult Novels of 2014 list
  • Audio edition: ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
  • Audio edition: E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winner: Middle Grade
    • Indiana’s Young Hoosier Book Award
    • Washington D.C.’s Capitol Choices Master List
    • Georgia’s Children’s Book Award Finalist
    • Wisconsin’s Just One More Page! Master List
    • Virginia’s Jefferson Cup Overfloweth 2015 Master List
    • California’s ACL 2014 Distinguished Books Master list
    • Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award 2015-2016 Nominee
    • Kentucky Bluegrass Award 2016 Nominee)

Each Kindness

  • Bank Street Best Book
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award
  • Jane Addams Children’s Book Award (from the Jane Addams Peace Association)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
  • The Magnolia Book Awards Master List 2015 (Mississippi)
  • Illinois Monarch Award Master List 2015
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee list (AZ)
  • Kansas (nominee)
  • 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee
  • Maryland (nominee)
  • Show Me Readers Award nominee (Missouri Association of School Librarians Awards)
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Awards nominee
  • North Carolina (nominee)
  • Flicker Tail Children’s Book Award nominee (ND)
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee (PA)
  • Buckaroo Book Award nominee (Wyoming Library Association Book Awards) )


  • IRA/CBC Children’s Choices
  • NCTE Notable Children’s Book
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
    • Garden State Teen Book Award Master List (NJ)
    • Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Master List
    • Charlie May Simon Book Award Master List (AR)
    • Georgia (nominee)
    • Maine (nominee)
    • South Carolina (nominee) )


  • ALA Notable
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Kirkus Reviews Best of the Year
  • Parent’s Guide Children’s Media Award
    • Connecticut (nominee)
    • Illinois (nominee)
    • Indiana (nominee)
    • Minnesota (nominee)
    • Nebraska (nominee)
    • Pennsylvania (nominee)
    • Texas (nominee) )

Peace, Locomotion

  • SLJ Best Book
  • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Book
    • New York (nominee) )
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.