Black Eyed Susan 2020-2021 Nominees

The Black-Eyed Susan Committee of the Maryland Association of School Librarians is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 nominees. As always, please be sure that these books fit the needs of your school and community.

Please note that the 2019-2020 nominees will remain on the website as the "Current Nominees" until voting for this year closes. Please continue to encourage your students to vote until the extended deadline of May 25, 2020.

PDF of all 2020-2021 nominees

Picture Books

Bass, Beverley – Me and the Sky: Captain Beverly Bass, Pioneering Pilot
Biebow, Natascha – The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
Deenihan, Jamie – When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree
Eggers, Dave – Her Right Foot
Kensky, Jessica – Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
Lacera, Megan – Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies
Magoon, Scott – Linus the Little Yellow Pencil
Marsh, Sarah Glenn – Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset
Muhammad, Ibtihaj – The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family
Nyong’o, Lupita – Sulwe
Oliveros, Jessie – The Remember Balloons
Percival, Tom – Ruby Finds a Worry
Rex, Michael – Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots
Sotomayor, Sonia – Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Zuill, Andrea – Sweety

Grades 4-6

Cline-Ransome, Lesa - Finding Langston
Hahn, Mary Downing - Guest: A Changeling Tale
Hashimoto, Meika - The Trail
Kelly, Lynne - Song for a Whale
Korman, Gordon - Unteachables
Nielsen, Jennifer - Words on Fire
Parry, Rosanne - A Wolf Called Wander
Scheerger, Sarah - Operation Frog Effect
Thompson, Lisa - The Light Jar
Woods, Brenda - The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA

Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6

Alvarez, Lorena – Hicotea
Andrews, Ryan - This Was Our Pact
Brown, Don - Rocket to the Moon
Cavallaro, Mike - Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades
Graley, Sarah – Glitch
Hale, Shannon - Best Friends
Miller, Kayla – Camp
Morse, Scott - The Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home
Sell, Chad - Cardboard Kingdom
Wang, Jen - Stargazing

Grades 6-9

Ansari, Rebecca K. S. - The Missing Piece of Charlie O' Reilly
Cartaya, Pablo - Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Dee, Barbara - Maybe He Just Likes You
Fletcher, Susan - Journey of the Pale Bear
Gemeinhart, Dan - The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
Gibbs, Stuart - Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
Gratz, Alan – Allies
Jacobson, Jennifer Richard - The Dollar Kids
Lackey, Lindsay - All the Impossible Things
Levy, Dana Alison - It Wasn't Me

Graphic Novels: Grades 6-9

Garcia, Kami - Teen Titans: Raven
Greentea, Vera - Grimoire Noir
Ha, Robin - Almost American Girl
Locatelli-Kournwsky, Loic – Persephone
Maclear, Kyo – Operatic
Palacio, R. J. - White Bird
Revoy, Antoine – Animus
Shirahama, Kamome - Witch Hat Atelier Vol. 1
Vaughn, Sarah - Sleepless: Vol. 1
Walker, Suzanne - Mooncakes

High School

Acevedo, Elizabeth - With the Fire on High
Albertalli, Becky & Adam Silvera - What If It's Us
Grimes, Nikki - Ordinary Hazards
Kaufman, Amie & Jay Kristoff - Aurora Rising
Mafi, Tahereh - A Very Large Expanse of Sea
McManus, Karen - Two Can Keep a Secret
Smith, Amber - The Last to Let Go
Takei, George - They Called Us Enemy
Tamaki, Mariko - Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
Yoon, David - Frankly in Love


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