2021 Freeman Book Award Winners

Children’s Literature

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)

Young Adult / Middle School Literature

Finding Junie Kim

By Ellen Oh (Harper Collins)

Temple Alley Summer

By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa, Illustrated by Miho Satake (Yonder)

While I Was Away

By Waka T. Brown (Quill Tree Books)

How Do You Live?

By Genzaburō Yoshino, Translated by Bruno Navasky (Algonquin)

Soul Lanterns

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

Young Adult / High School Literature

Tsunami Girl

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

The Waiting

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


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

Freedom Swimmer

By Wai Chim (Scholastic)

The Minamata Story

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

The Forest of Stolen Girls

By June Hur (Feiwei & Friends)

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