2019 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn't win at ALA


Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win.


  Rained out    

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

The Field by Baptiste Paul;
illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara

Water Land by Christy Hale


  Singing the blues  

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


  Marked absent  

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon
and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Chris Raschka

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins



Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol



Pie Is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard;
illus. by Jason Chin


  Lost their way  

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo


  Didn't click  

Photographic by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña


  Thought it was all sewn up  

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang


  No. Wall.  

The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee



From the July/August 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards. See how The Horn Book reviewed the 2019 Mind the Gap Award recipients here. For more speeches, profiles, and articles click the tag ALA 2019.

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