Outstanding Backlist

Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade

Notable Awards

  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2018
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018

The Great Penguin Rescue: Saving the African Penguins

From the Series Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2017

What Girls Are Made Of

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten, Winner, 2018
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices, Winner, 2018
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018
  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist, Short-listed, 2017
  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Winner, 2017

Niko Draws a Feeling

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book, Short-listed, 2018
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Winner, 2018
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018
  • MIBA Midwest Connections Pick, Runner-up, 2017

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2018
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2017

Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2018
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2018
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Winner, 2017
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2017

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2018
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book, Commended, 2018
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Longlist, Long-listed, 2017

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book, Commended, 2017
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit, Winner, 2017
  • ILA Teacher's Choices, Winner, 2017
  • Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book, Commended, 2016

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017

Plants Can't Sit Still

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2017
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2016

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2016
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2015
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Commended, 2015
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2015

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit, Winner, 2017
  • Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book, Commended, 2015

Out of Darkness

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Booklist’s 50 Best YA Books of All Time, Winner, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Commended, 2016
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, Winner, 2016
  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Winner, 2015

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Starred Reviews

Notable Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books, Winner, 2016
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Commended Book, Commended, 2015