2021 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.


Stalled The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
Didn't fly How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward; illus. by Diana Sudyka
Missed its... Chance by Uri Shulevitz
Uncooked Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki
Unheard Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. by Brian Pinkney

Hike by Pete Oswald

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

In the Woods by David Elliott; illus. by Rob Dunlavey

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin


The Next President by Kate Messner; illus. by Adam Rex

Burned out

Flamer by Mike Curato

Too much of an original

A Girl like Me by Angela Johnson; illus. by Nina Crews

Too much of a good thing

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James

Two much of a good thing

Twins by Varian Johnson; illus. by Shannon Wright

Gold and silver aren't, but... Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illus. by Ekua Holmes


From the July/August 2021 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards. See how The Horn Book reviewed the 2021 Mind the Gap Award recipients here. For more speeches, profiles, and articles click the tag ALA 2021.

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