Announcing the Barbes & Noble Book Awards Childrens & YA Winners

The Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards discovers, champions, and celebrates the very best in Children’s publishing in three categories: Picture Books, Young Readers and YA

Winner: Picture Books

Mel Fell

by Corey R. Tabor

Packed with heart, charm and adorable illustrations, Corey Tabor opens the door for readers of all ages to be inspired and captivated by Mel, a Kingfisher, who’s ready to learn to fly.

These titles spark the imaginations of our youngest readers and combine exciting visual storytelling with fun ways to learn and develop.

Winner: Young Readers

Amari and the Night Brothers

by B. B. Alston

Chock full of imagination, heart and spellbinding magical fun, this book is middle-grade fantasy at its finest. B.B. Alston’s fantastical world-building is the icing on the cake of this epic tale of courage, friendship and determination that is deserving of a place on the bookshelves of young readers for many years to come.

Magic, myth, and real-life choices appeal to our independent readers in a wide-ranging shortlist of high-quality books.

Winner: YA

Firekeeper's Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

Debut author Angeline Boulley has crafted an immersive and heart-stopping thriller told through the eyes of 18-year-old Daunis, a biracial, unenrolled member of the Ojibwe tribe. With crystal meth abuse on the rise in her community, Daunis uses her knowledge of science and native medicine to go undercover as a confidential informant with the FBI, but what she uncovers makes her question everything she’s ever known.

Hard-hitting plotlines and complex characterization reflect the mature and intelligent publishing emerging for teens.