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Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult

See below for the list of 2024 winners in the INTERIOR DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

While Everyone Is Sleeping
2024 Gold Winner

Author/Illustrator: written by Sarah Mackenzie, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Publisher: Waxwing Books

ISBN: 9781956393026

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A beautiful, enchanting story sure to inspire readers with curiosity, a love of nature, and a sense of joy. I tiptoe through the garden gate . . . Is everyone still sleeping? Just before first morning light, Little Shrew is awakened by the moon. Join Little Shrew’s merry romp in the moonlit garden in this bedtime story for adventurous souls.

Alithia Ramirez Was an Artist
2024 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: written and illustrated by Violet Lemay, including art by Alithia Ramirez

Publisher: Michael Sampson Books

ISBN: 9781612546490

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Alithia Ramirez drew the world as it should be--full of color and joy. She shared her gifts with an open heart. Written to honor the lives affected by the Uvalde school tragedy, Alithia Ramirez Was an Artist preserves the memory of this talented young girl through her artwork.

A Little More Beautiful: The Story of a Garden
2024 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: written by Sarah Mackenzie, illustrated by Breezy Brookshire

Publisher: Waxwing Books

ISBN: 9781956393002

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A picture book that does, indeed, leave the world a little more beautiful than it found it. Sly as a fox and swift as a bird, Lou Alice is determined to leave each day a little more beautiful. When she moves away from her little house, no one notices she's gone except a little girl. A story about seeing and being seen.

See below for the list of 2023 winners in the INTERIOR DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Revolutionary Red Tractors: Technology that Transformed American Farms
2023 Gold Winner

Authors: Lee Klancher & Katie Free

Publisher: Octane Press

ISBN: 978-1-64234-123-2

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Travel through time on a journey that begins in 1830 and takes you into the future, exploring the pivotal tractors and harvesting machines built by Case IH and its heritage brands International Harvester, Steiger, and J. I. Case.

Making Happy
2023 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: written by Sheetal Sheth, illustrated by Khoa Le

Publisher: Barefoot Books

ISBN: 978-1-64686-622-9

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When Leila's mother gets sick, a lot changes for her family. But one important thing stays the same: they have each other, and they know how to find joy when they need it most! This hopeful story is based on the author's experience battling cancer as the parent of children.

Fox and Bear
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Miriam Körner

Publisher: Red Deer Press

ISBN: 978-0889956469

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Fox and Bear live happily in the forest until Fox decides to make life more productive and efficient. When Fox's inventions set off a chain of events that complicates life in unexpected ways, Bear is faced with the difficult decision about how he wants to live. This a modern fable that raises existential questions for readers of all ages. The illustrations for Fox and Bearwere created using recycled paper cut-outs and cardboard dioramas.

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the INTERIOR DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

The Secrets of Dinosaurs: PNSO Encyclopedia for Children
2022 Gold Winner

Authors: Zhao Chuang, Yang Yang

Publisher: Brown Books Kids

ISBN: 978-1-61254-515-8

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For years, humans have marveled at dinosaurs and have strived to learn more about these great beasts. With beautifully detailed illustrations and thorough information on nearly one hundred species spanning three geological periods, this first volume from the PNSO Children’s Encyclopedia will immerse you in their world and teach you all the secrets of dinosaurs!

Bravo Anjali
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Sheetal Sheth, illustrated by Lucia Soto

Publisher: Mango and Marigold Press

ISBN: 978-1-7370550-1-3

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For Anjali, playing the tabla is something that comes naturally. She loves the feel of the drum beneath her fingers and getting lost in the music. But when the boys in her class give her a hard time for being better than them, she messes up on purpose. When her teacher announces a contest where the winner will get to perform with him at his next concert, Anjali is distraught. Winning the contest would be a dream for Anjali. But it seems like the better she gets, the meaner some of the kids are. In this follow-up to Always Anjali, Anjali realizes that she should never let anyone make her feel bad for being good at something. An important story for all children to remember to ’never dim their light.

Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and the Great Blue Hole Hazard
2022 Silver Winner

Author/Illustrator: by Robert Scott Thayer, illustrated by Lauren Gallegos

Publisher: Thompson Mill Press

ISBN: 978-0-9971239-9-9

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Kobee, a young, charismatic manatee and his seafaring friends swim from the Cayman Islands to Belize in search of the Great Blue Hole when they encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. At the Great Blue Hole’s edge, a character falls into its abyss. Can he be saved?

See below for the list of 2021 winners in the INTERIOR DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

2021 Gold Winner

Author: Heather Stricker, illustrated by Martha Ratcliff, designed by Caroline Sanney

Publisher: Pennant Press

ISBN: 978-1-7355189-0-9

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Rather than asking for gifts, a little boy tells Santa he simply wants to spend time together with his family enjoying their favorite holiday traditions. As he says, "it doesn't matter what we do, something grand or something small, I know our time together is the greatest gift of all."

10 Ballet Dancers
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Amanda Malek-Ahmadi, illustrated by Kathrine Gutkovskiy (Monica Thomas of TLC Graphics, designer)

Publisher: The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group, LLC

ISBN: 978-1-947408-25-8

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An inclusive and gentle counting-down story with a surprise twist at the end. "A challenging, inventive tale that works best for young dancers." —Kirkus

The Christmas Ass
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Jana Enloe, illustrated by Z. Pullen, designed by Lois Rainwater

Publisher: Between Two Commas, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-69263-0

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Big sister JJ selfishly demands expensive gifts for Christmas. When JJ doesn’t get exactly what she wants, she throws a tantrum and makes everyone else feel terrible. Is Christmas ruined? Or will JJ learn the true spirit of gift giving? A slightly irreverent, but totally relatable, original Christmas story.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the INTERIOR DESIGN: CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

If You Played Hide-and-Seek with a Chame
If You Played Hide-and-Seek with a Chameleon
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Bill Wise, illustrated by Rebecca Evans

Publisher: Dawn Publications

ISBN: 978-1-58469-651-3

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Math, science, and sports come together to delight readers in a fanciful look at what would happen if kids played games with animals. “Absolutely fascinating!” -- Kirkus Reviews

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Eagle vs. Bear: Adventures of a Child Cub
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Emile Millar, illustrated by Blayne Fox

Publisher: EvB Media

ISBN: 978-1-7340214-0-0

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Eagle vs Bear is a rock ’n' roll adventure story where each chapter comes with its own song, and kids love it!

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Get Back in the Book!
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Larry Issa, illustrated by Emma Chadwick

Publisher: Kalamus

ISBN: 978-1-9999267-0-0

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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.

Sue: Welcome to the World of Tyrannosaurus Rex
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Ted Rechlin

Publisher: RexTooth Studios

ISBN: 978-1-59152-254-6

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Examine SUE's imposing skeleton to learn what their bones can tell us about life for the most famous T. rex in this exciting graphic novel.

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