Freeman Book Awards

Children’s Category Winners


My Night in the Planetarium

By Innosanto Nagara (Seven Stories Press)

Are You an Echo?

By Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music Press)


The Crane Girl

By Curtis Manley, Illustrated by Lin Wang (Shen’s Books)

An’s Seed

By Zaozao Wang, illustrated by Li Huang, translated by Helen Wang (Candied Plums; Bilingual edition)

Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet

By Sanae Ishida (Little Bigfoot)

My First Book of Vietnamese Words

By Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong (Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition)


Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean

By Sigrid Schmalzer, Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan (Tilbury House Nature Books)

The Turtle Ship

By Helena Ku Rhee, Illustrated by Colleen Kong-Savage (Shen’s Books/Lee & Low Books)

Confucius: Great Teacher of China

By Demi (Lee & Low Books)

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story

By Marc Tyler Nobleman, Illustrated by Melissa Iwai (Clarion Books)

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

By Nie Jun, Translated by Edward Gauvin (Lerner Books)


The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden

By Heather Smith, Illustrated byRachel Wada (Orca Book Publisher)

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando

By Andrea Wang, Illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz (Little Bee Books)

The Moose of Ewenki

By Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, Illustrated by Jiu Er (Greystone Books)

When Spring Comes to the DMZ

By Uk-Bae Lee (Plough Publishing House)


No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan

By Jeff Gottesfeld, Illustrated by Shiella Witanto (Creston Books)

A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story

By Caren Stelson, Illustrated by Akira Kusaka (Carolrhoda Books)


By Hongcheng Yu (Reycraft Books)

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

By Tina Cho, Illustrated by Jess X. Snow (Kokila Press)


The Floating Field

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

Saving Sorya Chang and the Sun Bear

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

The Star Festival

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


Eighteen Vats of Water

Ji-Li Jiang, Illustrated by Nadia Hsieh (Creston Books)

Alone Like Me

Rebecca Evans (Anne Schwartz Books)

When the Sakura Bloom

Narisa Togo (Berbay Publishing)

Nana, Nenek & Nina

Liza Ferneyhough, Illustrated by Liza Ferneyhough (Dial Books)

Operation Pangolin: Saving the World’s Only Scaled Mammal

Suzi Eszterhas, Photographs by Suzi Eszterhas (Millbrook Press)

Warrior Princess: The Story of Khutulun

Sally Deng (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


My Grandfather’s Song

Phùng Nguyên Quang and Huỳnh Kim Liên
(Make Me a World)

Masked Hero: How Wu Lien-Teh Invented the Mask That Ended an Epidemic

Shan Woo Liu and Kaili Liu Gormley; illustrated by Lisa Wee
(MIT Kids Press)

Maria Orosa Freedom Fighter: Scientist and Inventor from the Philippines

Norma Olizon-Chikiamco; illustrated by Mark Salvatu
(Tuttle Publishing)

Boys Don’t Fry

Kimberly Lee; illustrated by Charlene Chua
(Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

Kozo the Sparrow

Allen Say
(Clarion Books)

Mai and the Missing Melon

Sonoko Sakai; illustrated by Keiko Brodeur
(Bala Kids)

Yukie’s Island: My Family’s World War II Story

Yukie Kimura, Kōdo Kimura and Steve Sheinkin; illustrated by Kōdo Kimura
(Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

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