2021 FINALISTS - BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT
See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.
Author: Felicia Farber
Publisher: Pyramid Press
A multi-award-winning YA novel about the dangers of teenage sexting and cyberbullying. In today’s society electronic devices can become digital weapons, and teens are at risk of having their online behaviors criminalized. This entertaining romantic suspense novel puts ordinary high schoolers in real-life scenarios that jeopardize their relationship and futures.
Jump the Moon
Author: Kathy Simmers, illustated by Marjorie van Heerden
Publisher: Bound to Happen Publishing Inc.
Beautiful illustrations throughout this heartwarming true story bring to life the emotional journey taken by a girl and her pony that will teach readers, young and old, the importance of trusting your heart, following your dreams, and never putting limits on what is possible.
Shreya's Very Own Style
Author: Suhani Parikh, illustrated by Lovyaa Garg
Publisher: Modern Marigold Books, LLC
Seven-year-old Shreya has alopecia areata, an auto-immune condition that causes hair loss. She can do anything except figure out how else to style her hair so her bald patches won’t show. This is an uplifting, own-voice story about self-love and acceptance through the eyes of an Indian-American child.
2020 WINNERS - BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT
See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BILL FISHER AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.
Get Back in the Book!
2020 Gold Winner
Author: Larry Issa, illustrated by Emma Chadwick
The characters from a young writer's story have escaped to explore the world! Can YOU convince them to get back in the book? This extraordinary tale illustrates the powerful and positive impact of books and storytelling.
Eagle vs. Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub
2020 Silver Winner
Editor: Emile Millar
Publisher: EvB Media
Eagle vs Bear is a rock ’n' roll adventure story where each chapter comes with its own song, and kids love it!
The Interactive Constitution: Explore the Constitution with Flaps, Wheels, Color-Changing Words, and More!
2020 Silver Winner
Authors: David and Stephanie Miles, illustrated by Albert Pinilla
Publisher: Bushel & Peck Books
Packed with interactive features, the Constitution comes to life like never before. "Both history geeks and casual students should easily ratify this one." —Publishers Weekly magazine
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