Crown Nominated Books

Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders: 50 True Stories of Daring Men of God

By Shirley Raye Redmond, Illustrated by Katya Longhi

Meet men 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

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Harvest Kids

ISBN# 978-0736981330 (HB)

Buy  Brave Heroes and Bold Defenders: 50 True Stories of Daring Men of God on Amazon

Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise

By Alex T. Smith

Mr. Penguin and his Adventuring gang board a luxury cruise ship for some much-needed rest and a little entertainment. With Colin, his kung fu spider sidekick, preparing to perform with the Ladies Choir and fish finger sandwiches available twenty-four hours a day, Mr. Penguin isn’t even bothered that he can’t swim and is deeply afraid of water. When he befriends a young stowaway with a mystery of her own to solve, he soon finds that Adventures are lying in wait.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 5.9

Published by Peachtree Publishing Company

ISBN# 978-1682632130 (HB)

Buy  Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise on Amazon

Muffled

By Jennifer Gennari

Amelia does not like noise. In fifth grade, she has to learn to play an instrument or, as she sees it, make noise on purpose. To help Amelia cope, her father gives her a pair of earmuffs to wear. When she makes a new friend in trombone class, the two form an unlikely friendship that helps Amelia find a way to let in the noisy world she’s muffled for so long.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.0

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1534463653 (HB)

Buy  Muffled on Amazon

Raising Lumie

By Joan Bauer

Olive Hudson desperately wants a dog. But that doesn’t seem to be a possibility right now. Newly orphaned, she’s moving in with the half-sister she hardly knows and their life is too chaotic to include a dog. But then something wonderful happens: Olive gets a chance to raise Lumie, a guide dog puppy. Discipline. Rules. Lots of hugs. Only the best of the best puppies continue on to become guide dogs, and of course Olive wants Lumie to be chosen. But if she is, that means that Olive will lose her.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-0593113202 (HB)

Buy  Raising Lumie on Amazon

Rescuing Titanic: A True Story of Quiet Bravery in the North Atlantic

By Flora Delargy

In the middle of the night, the Carpathia received a distress call from the sinking Titanic. The intrepid little ship heroically changed course and headed straight into the frozen sea to help save as many people as it could. Follow the Carpathia as it risks everything to navigate remote, treacherous ice fields in the dark and come to the rescue of passengers on the world-famous ocean liner.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 0.0

Published by Wide Eyed Editions

ISBN# 978-0711262782 (HB)

Buy  Rescuing Titanic: A True Story of Quiet Bravery in the North Atlantic on Amazon

Ways to Make Sunshine

By Renée Watson

Ryan Hart can be and do anything. Her name means “king”, that she is a leader, and she is determined to keep growing into the name her parents gave her. She is all about trying to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, sister, and friend. But Ryan has a lot on her mind. For instance: Dad finally has a new job, but money is still tight. That means some changes, like moving into a new (old) house, and Dad working the night shift. And with the fourth-grade talent show coming up, Ryan wonders what talent she can perform on stage in front of everyone without freezing. As even more changes and challenges come her way, Ryan always finds a way forward and shows she is a girl who knows how to glow.

Nominated

2022-2023 Crown Award

Reading Level: 4.5

Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN# 978-1547600564 (HB)

Buy  Ways to Make Sunshine on Amazon

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)

Buy A Piglet Called Truffle on Amazon

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)

Buy The Amelia Six on Amazon