Diversity Award

Each year we give awards for Children’s Books that reflect multicultural/multiracial protagonists and families.

The 2021/2022 Awards

Azia Books is thrilled to announce the following children’s book awards:

In the Mixed Race, Young Reader Category, the Azia Books Award was given to Prairie Lotus, written by Linda Sue Park. https://lindasuepark.com/books/books-novels/prairie-lotus/

In the Multicultural, Young Reader Category, the Azia Books Award was given to Stand Up Yumi Chung, written by Jessica Kim. https://jesskimwrites.com/books/

In the Mixed Race, Picture Book Category, the Azia Books Award was given to The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, written by Selina Alko.  Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.  https://www.selinaalko.com/gallery

In the Mixed Race, Picture Book Category, the Azia Books Award was given to We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom, Illustrated by Michaela Goade. http://www.carolelindstrom.com/

Finding the Books

We are happy to partner with Loyalty Books. They have been able to stock many of the books in our lists below. You can find them at https://bookshop.org/lists/azia-books-children-s-books-for-multicultural-kids.

The 2021/2022 Review

In the 2021/2022 review we offered picture and chapter book awards for books in two genres.

Multicultural protagonists can include adopted protagonists with multiracial or multicultural backgrounds, immigrant protagonists, indigenous protagonists, or protagonists with more than one race or ethnic group in the family.

Mixed protagonists have parents who represent more than one race or ethnic group.

Picture Books:

Here are the books for the 2021/2022 review.

Young Readers:

Books We Love: The Board can’t evaluate these because the author is on the Board, or the author already won an award.

The 2020/2021 Review

The 2020-2021 Award

In the Picture Book Category, the Azia Books Award was given to Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios. Publisher: Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, http://leeandlow.com

In the Young Reader Category, the Azia Books Award was given to The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez. Publisher: Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. http://penguinrandomhouse.com/

Picture Books:

Young Readers:

Book Search for 2022/2023

We have begun collecting books in two categories for the 2022/2023 Review: Children’s Picture Books and Young Reader Books. The books must have a multiracial or multicultural protagonist, a mixed race or multicultural adopted protagonist, or an immigrant protagonist. If a book will come out by May 1, 2023 we would like to review it. We need copies by September. If you have a suggestion, please contact us.

Authors and Publishers

You can submit books as soon as you have galley proofs. If you are interested, please contact us.