Are you participating in our 2023 Reading Challenge?

If you’re participating in the category-based reading challenge, either by using the tracking sheet or on Beanstack, we can help you find books in each of the categories. Today we’re featuring award-winning books. Below are just a few recommendations, but these aren’t the only award-winners we have. You can read books from any book award of your choice, and from any year. These are just a few ideas to help get you started. Look here for a list of more awards, but feel free to read books from other award lists!

National Book Award

The Rabbit Hunch by Tess Gunty / South to America by Imani Perry / All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence 

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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin / Deacon King Kong by James McBride / Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Gibbs

Pulitzer Prize

Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott / The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich / Covered with Night by Nicole Eustace

Booker Prize

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka / Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart / Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Printz Award

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley / Everything sad is untrue by Daniel Nayeri / Dig by A.S. King

Morris Award

If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley / The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe / Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram


The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera / When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller / New Kid by Jerry Craft

Coretta Scott King Award

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford / Me (Moth) by Amber McBride / Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros / Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez / The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Stonewall Book Awards

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff / Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo / The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar


Watercress by Andrea Wang / We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom / The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander


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