Nomination: Betty Before X


Shabazz, Ilyasah and Renée Watson. Betty Before X. 2018. 256p. Macmillan/FSG Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99 (9780374306106). Grades 4-6.

Novel about the childhood of Betty Dean Sanders—before she became Dr. Betty Shabazz, before she married Malcolm X.


Nomination: Blood Water Paint

blood water paint by joy mccullough

McCullough, Joy. Blood Water Paint. 2018. 304p. Penguin Random House/Dutton, hardcover, $17.99 (9780735232112). Gr. 10-12.

Verse novel based on the teen years of painter Artemisia Gentileschi.


Nomination: The Poet X

the poet x by elizabeth acevedo

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. 2018. 368p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99 (9780062662804). Gr. 9-12.

The coming-of-age of fifteen-year-old Xiomara Batista—aspiring poet, reluctant confirmation class attendee, twin, first-generation Dominican-American.

Nomination: Noteworthy

noteworthy by rile redgate

Redgate, Riley. Noteworthy. 2017. 335p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $17.95 (9781419723735). Grades 9-12.

High school junior Jordan Sun creates a male persona to apply for her school’s most prestigious all-male a cappella group… and gets accepted, requiring her to continue living a double life.