Nominated Books

Finding Home

By Karen Kingsbury

Summer is over and Dad begins his important position at an Indiana hospital. Like it or not, Bloomington is the Baxter Family’s new home. As school starts, everyone finds reasons to be excited about the move. Everyone that is except Ashley. Ashley desperately misses the home and friends she left behind. As she realizes her siblings have their struggles, too, she can’t help but wonder if unlikely friends can be the best friends of all? And could time and love from her family be enough to make a house feel like home?

Nominated

2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 3.2

Published by Simon & Schuster

ISBN# 9781534412187 (HB)

Courageous World Changers: 50 True Stories of Daring Women of God

By Shirley Raye Redmond

Meet women who have used their God-given talents to live out their faith to the fullest. They come from a variety of backgrounds, eras, and ethnicities, but each one has answered the Lord’s call on their life in bold and innovative ways.

Nominated

2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harvest House

ISBN# 9780736977340 (HB)

WiIliam Still and His Freedom Stories

By Don Tate

William Still’s parents escaped slavery but had to leave two of their children behind, a tragedy that haunted the family. As a young man, William went to work for the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, where he raised money, planned rescues, and helped freedom seekers who had traveled north. And then one day, a strangely familiar man came into William’s office, searching for information about his long-lost family. Could it be?

Nominated

2021-2022 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Peachtree

ISBN# 9781561459353 (HB)

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention

By Pip Jones, Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Izzy Gizmo has been invited to Technoff Isle’s Genius Convention where the inventor of the best machine will win coveted admittance to the Genius Guild. But with fearsome foe Abi von Lavish getting the best of her at every turn, how can Izzy and Fixer come up with the winning invention?

Nominated

2021-2022 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Peachtree

ISBN# 9781471145230 (HB)

Chip and Curly The Great Potato Race

By Cathy Breisacher, Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz

Chip the potato chip is sure he has the annual Spud City Festival sack race in the bag—he’s been practicing all year. The Home Fries (local baseball team) and Sweet Potatoes (cheer squad) are all rooting for him. The French Fries even bring their tots over for an autograph. But when Curly the springy curly fry shows up, Chip knows he’s in trouble. This totally funny story is filled with clever potato puns—and subtle themes of sportsmanship and persistence. It will have kids and adults alike laughing out loud.

Nominated

2021-2022 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 2.9

Published by Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN# 9781585364084 (HB)

By and By Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

By Carole Weatherford, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved, Charles Tindley was born free. His childhood was far from easy, with backbreaking hours in the fields, and no opportunity to go to school. But the spirituals he heard as he worked made him long to know how to read the Gospel for himself. Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps, young Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American gospel music whose hymn was the basis for the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Nominated

2021-2022 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.7

Published by Atheneum Books

ISBN# 9781534426368 (HB)

Feast of Peas

By Kashmira Sheth, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Hard-working Jiva might not be the only one anticipating a delicious feast of peas from his garden. Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a bride’s sari. He plants peas and beans, potatoes and tomatoes, eggplants and okra in his vegetable patch. When his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings,
Plump peas, sweet peas,
Lined- up-in-the-shell peas.
Peas to munch, peas to crunch
A feast of peas for lunch.
But each time Jiva is ready to pick the peas for his feast, they’re already gone. What has happened?

Nominated

2021-2022 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Peachtree

ISBN# 9781682631355 (HB)

When I Pray for You

By Matthew Turner, Illustrated by Kimberley Barnes

When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings parents pray over their children, and shares with the little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them.

Nominated

2021-2022 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Waterbrook

ISBN# 9780525650584 (HB)