Hooray! It’s book awards season! The fine people at 2021 Book Blast believe that all children’s book creators should be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the craft, not to mention their advancement of children’s literacy. To that end, we present the first and only 2021 Book Blast Awards!
Please check out and review our winners’ titles. And feel free to add your own 2021 award for kidlit in the comments. We are ALL winners!
Picture Book with the Longest Subtitle
LET LIBERTY RISE: HOW AMERICA’S SCHOOLCHILDREN HELPED SAVE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, Scholastic Press.
Picture Book with Most Incorporeal Protagonist
I AM SMOKE by Henry Herz, illustrated by Merce Lopez, Tilbury House
STEAM Picture Book with the Most Whimsical Wordplay
THE THINGITY-JIG by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Kristyna Litten, Peachtree
Best Book about a Homeless Amphibian
ELLIOT THE HEART-SHAPED FROG by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska, Rainstorm Publishing
Most Gluten-Free Picture Book
I AM A GLUTEN-SNIFFING SERVICE DOG by Michal Babay, illustrated by Ela Smietanka, Albert Whitman
Picture Book With An Epic Explosion
CAPTAIN GREEN AND THE TREE MACHINE by Evelyn Bookless, illustrated by Danny Deeptown, Marshall Cavendish
Best Picture Book For Feeling Huggable
HOME FOR A WHILE by Lauren H. Kerstein, illustrated by Natalia Moore, Magination Press.
Best Picture Book to Read on a Rainy Sunday
SUNDAY RAIN by Rosie J. Pova, illustrated by Amariah Rauscher, Lantana Publishing
Best Picture Book About What the World Was Like Before We Screwed It Up
ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Andres Landazabal, Beaming Books
Picture Book With Most Revised Publication Dates (3 at this point!); ALSO: Best Upside Down Cover
I AM TODAY by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Patricia Pessoa, POW! Kids Books
Best Picture Book to Read With Your Stuffed Animals
HARMONY HUMBOLT: THE PERFECT PETS QUEEN by Jenna Grodzicki, illustrated by Mirka Hokkanen, Clear Fork Publishing.
Best "LOL" Picture Book for Coming Out of Your Shell
BUCKINGHAM GETS A NEW SHELL by Michele McAvoy, illustrated by Pauline Reeves, Pigman Books.
Share your own favorite book of 2021 in the comments! Congrats!
Donna Cangelosi and Chana Stiefel are picture book critique partners & friends who are passionate about kids' books & are eager to share tidbits from their writing journey with other aspiring writers.