2023 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.



Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew Cordell

Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein

Locked out

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall

Swept away

A Day for Sandcastles by JonArno Lawson; illus. by Qin Leng

Windswept by Margi Preus; illus. by Armando Veve

Too deep

The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky by Jihyun Kim

Too cool

Merci Suárez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina

Too monstrous

M Is for Monster by Talia Dutton

Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers; illus. by Jeff Edwards

Too true

Looking for True by Tricia Springstubb

Oh, boo

Oh, Sal by Kevin Henkes

Oh, you

The Universe in You by Jason Chin

Surely surely...next time?

Surely Surely Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

...but sadly, the medal didn't

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson; illus. by Leo Espinosa

...as does ours

Still This Love Goes On by Buffy Sainte-Marie; illus. by Julie Flett


From the July/August 2023 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards. See how The Horn Book reviewed the 2023 Mind the Gap Award recipients here. For speeches, profiles, and articles, click the tag ALA 2023.

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