2021 Award Winners

Children’s Literature

Set in Thailand

The Floating Field

By Scott Riley, Illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien (Millbrook Press)
Set in Vietnam

Saving Sorya Chang and the Sun Bear

By Trang Nguyen, Illustrated by Jeet Zdung (Dial Books)
Set in Japan

The Star Festival

By Moni Ritchie Hadley, Illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa (Albert Whitman)

Young Adult / Middle School Literature

Set in Korea and America

Finding Junie Kim

By Ellen Oh (Harper Collins)
Set in Japan

Temple Alley Summer

By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa, Illustrated by Miho Satake (Yonder)
Set in Japan and America

While I Was Away

By Waka T. Brown (Quill Tree Books)
Set in Japan

How Do You Live?

By Genzaburō Yoshino, Translated by Bruno Navasky (Algonquin)
Set in Japan

Soul Lanterns

By Shaw Kuzki, Translated by Emily Balistrieri (Delacorte Press)

Young Adult / High School Literature

Set in Japan and America

Tsunami Girl

By Julian Sedgwick, Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)
Set in Korea

The Waiting

By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)
Set in Japan


By Eto Mori, Translated by Jocelyne Allen (Counterpoint Press)
Set in China

Freedom Swimmer

By Wai Chim (Scholastic)
Set in Japan

The Minamata Story

By Sean Michael Wilson, Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima (Stone Bridge Press)
Set in Korea

The Forest of Stolen Girls

By June Hur (Feiwei & Friends)

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