Freeman Book Awards

Children’s Category Winners


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)


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 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 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)


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 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)


My Night in the Planetarium

By Innosanto Nagara (Seven Stories Press)

Are You an Echo?

By Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music Press)

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