Book Awards

New:  Sept. 28, 2022: We are pleased to announce the 2023 Skipping Stones Book Awards Program. We invite entries from publishers—large and small as well as self-published—in the following three categories: Multicultural, Social and International Books,  Ecology and Nature Books, & Teaching Resources.  Entries should be postmarked/shipped by Feb. 28, 2023. Download the 2023 Entry Form.

Updated:  The 2022 Skipping Stones Book Awards have been announced. You can download the 2022 Honors List here. It is also included in our Awards Issue (available now). You can download the reviews of these wonderful books for various reading levels here. We are pleased to inform you that the Multicultural Education Magazine (published by Caddo Gap Press) will reprint all the reviews of our 2022 book winners in their upcoming issue. They have been publishing these full-length articles on our annual book selections for the past number of years.


The 2021 Skipping Stones Book Awards have been announced. You can download the 2021 Honors List here. Our hearty congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and producers of these wonderful multicultural, international and nature awareness books.
NEW: You can download the 2021 Skipping Stones Book Reviews here. Thank you.

June 2020:  the 2020 Skipping Stones Book Awards Announced. 

Our congratulations to the creators of these wonderful books listed here under the three categories.

Download the reviews of the 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Books here.

The 2019 Skipping Stones Book Awards have been announced in our Summer 2019 issue! Book Reviews can be downloaded here.

Our congratulations to the creators of these 30 wonderful books listed here under 3 categories.

Multicultural and International Books:

¡Todos a celebrar! A Hispanic Customs and Traditions Alphabet Book, by Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez. Bilingual. Del Alma Publications. Ages 5-9.

Maya and Annie on Saturdays and Sundays/Los sábados y domingos de Maya y Annie by/por Gwendolyn Zepeda, illustr. Thelma Muraida. Bilingual. Piñata Books. Ages 5-9.

Grandma Lale’s Magical Adobe Oven/El horno mágico de Abuelita Lale by Nasario García, illustr. Dolores Aragón. Rio Grande. Bilingual. Ages 5-9.

My First Book of Haiku Poems: A Picture, a Poem, and a Dream, trans. Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, illustr. Tracy Gallup. Bilingual haiku. Tuttle. Ages 5-9.

Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour, illustr. Ken Daley. Groundwood. Picturebook. Ages 4-8.

Smiley: A Journey of Love, by Joanne George. Picturebook. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Ages 6-10.

The Birdman by Troon Harrison, illust. François Thisdale. Picturebook. Red Deer Press. Ages 5-9.

The Spirit Trackers by Jan Bourdeau Waboose, illustr. François Thisdale. Picturebook. Fifth House. Ages 6-9.

Balarama’s Story: An Elephant’s Journey, by D. K Bhaskar and Alladi Jayasri, illustr.  Yathi Siddakatte. Picturebook. Peppertree Press. Ages 7-12.

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet, by Elizabeth Suneby, illustr. Rebecca Green. Kids Can Press. Age 8-12.

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, by David Bowles. Cinco Puntos Press. Ages 9 and up.

Runner: Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man, a novel by Norma Charles. Red Deer Press. Ages 11-15.

The Village By The Sea, a novel by Anita Desai. New York Review Books Ages 9-14.

Fox Magic, a novel by Beverley Brenna. Red Deer Press. Ages 11-15.

Iron River, a novel by Daniel Acosta. Cinco Puntos Press. Ages 12-17.

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refuge Experience, edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond. Seven Stories Press. Ages 12 and up.

Hurricane Season, a novel by Nicole Melleby. Algonquin Young Readers. Ages 9-12.

A People’s History of Heaven, a novel by Mathangi Subramanian. Algonquin Books. Ages 15 and up.

We Kiss Them With Rain, a novel by Futhi Ntshingila. Catalyst Press. Ages 15 and up.

Nature and Ecology Books:

The Last Jaguar of the Savanna, by Yana Marull. Terra Books. Picture Book. Also available in Spanish. Ages 5-10.

Harvesting Friends/Cosechando amigos by Kathleen Contreras, illust. Gary Undercuffler. Piñata Books. Ages 5-8.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow, by Jan Thornhill. Picturebook. Groundwood. Age 7-10.

Everyone Can Be A Changemaker: The Ashoka Effect, by Christine Welldon. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Ages 8-13.

Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle, by Erica Fyvie, illustr. Bill Slavin. Kids Can Press. Ages 8-12.

Green Was My Forest by Edna Iturralde, trans. Jessica Powell. Mandel Vilar. Ages 8 and up.

Stories in the Clouds: Weather Science and Mythology from Around the World, by Joan Marie Galat, illustr. Georgia Graham. Whitecap Books. Ages 8-12.

Turn This Book into a Beehive! And 19 Other Experiments and Activities that Explore the Amazing World of Bees, by Lynn Brunelle, illustr. Anna-Maria Jung. Workman Publishing. Ages 8-12.

Teaching Resources:

Teaching for Black Lives, ed. Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au. Rethinking Schools. All grades.

Better With Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens, by Melissa Hart. Sasquatch Books. Grades 4-12.

Globalization: Why We Care about Faraway Events by Carla Mooney, illustr. Sam Carbaugh. Nomad Press. For middle grades.

The 2019 Skipping Stones Book Awards reviews will be posted here by July 1st. Please visit again.

For more information about the 2019 Book Awards program, please click:  2019Publisher.Request. 

To download the reviews of honored books, please click 2018.BookAward.reviewsdraft.

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