Nominated Books

My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World

By Malcolm Mitchell, Illustrated by Michael Roberston

Meet Henley, an all-around good kid, who hates to read. When he’s supposed to be reading, he would rather do anything else. But one day, he gets the scariest homework assignment in the world: find your favorite book to share with the class tomorrow.

What’s a kid to do? How can Henley find a story that speaks to everything inside of him?

Nominated

2022-2023 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Orchard Books

ISBN# 978-1338225327 (PB)

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Jabari Tries

By Gaia Cornwall, Illustrated by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. A tale that shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.

Nominated

2022-2023 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.3

Published by Candlewick

ISBN# 978-1536207163 (HB)

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Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

By Laura Renauld, Illustrated by Brigette Barrager

Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Fred’s feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are.

The story of Mister Rogers: a quiet, compassionate hero whose essential message—that it is okay to have and to express feelings—still resonates today.

Nominated

2022-2023 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1534441224 (HB)

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Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf

By Sam Wedelich, Illustrated by Sam Wedelich

Chicken Little is NOT afraid of anything, not even a wolf. No matter how big or bad he is. In fact, she’s never even seen a wolf. So when a real wolf shows up and ruffles her feathers, what’s a fretful fowl to do: Join the frenzied flock and fly the coop? Or find out if this newcomer is as bad as his reputation?

Nominated

2022-2023 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.1

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338359008 (HB)

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Bartali’s Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s Secret Hero

By Megan Hoyt, Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Gino Bartali pedaled across Italy for years, winning one cycling race after another, including the 1938 Tour de France. Gino became an international sports hero! But the next year, World War II began, and it changed everything. Soldiers marched into Italy. Tanks rolled down the cobbled streets of Florence. And powerful leaders declared that Jewish people should be arrested.

To the entire world, Gino Bartali was merely a champion cyclist. But Gino’s greatest achievement was something he never told a soul—that he secretly worked with the Italian resistance to save hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children, and others, from certain death, using the one thing no authority would question: his bicycle.

Nominated

2022-2023 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Quill Tree Books

ISBN# 978-0062908117 (HB)

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A Piglet Called Truffle

By Helen Peters, Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Jasmine Green loves animals. Her mother is a veterinarian. Her father is a farmer. And her brother and sister are . . . well, they’re mostly annoying. But being in the Green family means seeing and taking care of animals all the time. While helping her mom on a house call, Jasmine visits a new litter of piglets and discovers a forgotten runt hidden underneath its brothers and sisters. Poor little piglet. It is so tiny that it can’t even drink! Its owner refuses to rescue it. So it is up to Jasmine to save the pig . . . secretly. What will happen if anyone finds out?

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.6

Published by Walker Books US

ISBN# 978-1536210248 (HB)

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A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games

By Lori Alexander, Illustrated by Allan Drummond

Dedicating his life to helping patients labeled “incurables,” Ludwig Guttmann fought for the rights of paraplegics to live a full life. The young doctor believed—and eventually proved—that physical movement is key to healing, a discovery that led him to create the first Paralympic Games.

Nominated

2022-2023 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.6

Published by Clarion Books

ISBN# 978-1328580795 (HB)

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The Amelia Six

By Kristin L. Gray

Amelia Earhart’s famous aviator goggles go missing and eleven-year-old Millie has to find them before the night is over in this girl-powered middle grade mystery.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.2

Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

ISBN# 978-1534418851 (HB)

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