Each year we give an award for Children’s Books that reflect multicultural/multiracial protagonists and families.
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
Finding the Books
We are happy to partner with Loyalty Books. They have been able to stock most 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
This year we will offer 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.
Here are the books for the 2021/2022 review. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.
- The Case for Loving v. Virginia: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
- I Am Whole, Shola Oz and Shifa Annisa
- Waiting for Baby, Rachel Fuller
- I’m Mixed, Maggy Williams and Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta
- I Love You More Than All, Kealy Connor Lonning and Lora Look *Adoption
- Shopping with Dad, Matt Harvey and Miriam Latimer
- Wonderfully Made, Kaitlyn Derosiers and Megan McBryde
- Who’s In My Family? All About Our Families, Robie H. Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott
- I Am Mixed, Garcelle Beauvais, Sebastian A. Jones, and James C. Webster
- You Were the First, Patricia MacLachlan and Stephanie Graegin
- Loud Feelings, Salena Joy Labat
- My Two Grannies, Floella Benjamin and Margaret Chamberlain
- Luna Loves Library Day, Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers
- Black is Brown is Tan, Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold McCully
- Real Sisters Pretend, Megan Dowd Lambert and Nicole Tadgell
- Life With My Family, Renee Hooker, Karl Jones, and Kathryn Durst
- Jalapeño Bagels, Natasha Wing and Robert Castilla
- The Hello Goodby Window, Norton Juster and Chris Raschka
- My Two Grandads, Floella Benjamin and Margaret Chamberlain
- Kiki and Jacques: A Refugee Story, Susan Ross
- Characters Like Me-Chyna’s Doll, Schertevear Q. Watkins
- Sisters of the Neversea, Cynthia Leitich Smith
- Blended, Sharon Draper
- The Crying Rocks, Janet Taylor Lisle
- Amy Hodgepodge: All Mixed Up, Kim Wayans and Kevin Knots
- Full Cicada Moon, Marilyn Hilton
- Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan
Books We Love: The Board can’t evaluate these because the author is on the Board, the author already won an award, or it misses one criteria.
- The Colors of Us, Karen Katz
- Chocolate Me, Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans
- Marisol McDonald and the Monster, Monica Brown and Sara Palacios
The 2020/2021 Review
- Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, Margarita Engle and Rafael Lopez
- Mixed Me, Taye Diggs and Shane W Evans
- Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, Monica Brown and Sara Palacios
- One Family, George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
- Where Are You From, Yamile Saied Mendez and Jaime Kim
- What’s in There? All About Before You Were Born, Robbie Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott
- The Mommy Book, Todd Parr
- The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Pérez
- Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, Donna Barbara Higuera
- Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It, Sundee T. Frazier
- The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, Dana Alison Levy
- The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, Dana Alison Levy
- The World of Daughter McGuire, Sharon Dennis Wyeth
- Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo, Greg Leitich Smith *Adoption
- Becoming Naomi Leon, Pam Munoz Ryan
- The Window, Michael Dorris
- Thief of Hearts, Laurence Yep
Book Search for 2021/2022
We have begun collecting books in two categories for the 2021/2022 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 in 2021 or 2022 we would like to review it. We need copies by November. 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.