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Announcing the 2023 Towner Award Nominees

2023 Towner Award Nominees Press Release

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2022 Towner Award Nominees!

  • Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring, by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Felicia Marshall (Creston Books)
  • If You Take Away the Otter, by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, illustrated by Matthew Trueman (Candlewick)
  • Dinosaurs: Fact and Fable: Truths, Myths, and New Discoveries, by Seymour Simon (HarperCollins)
  • The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Alexandra Bye (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider’s Advice for Troubled Animals, by Jess Keating, illustrated by Pete Oswald (Orchard Books)
  • The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share, by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Alison Jay (Calkins Creek)
  • Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America, by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Magdalena Mora (Beach Lane Books)
  • Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon, by KT Johnston, illustrated by César Samaniego (Capstone Editions)
  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Neal Porter Books)
  • Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books)

2021 Towner Award Nominees



  • Comics: Easy as ABC - The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids by Ivan Brunetti (TOON Graphics)
  • Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter by Christine Evans (The Innovation Press)
  • Gross as a Snot Otter: Discovering the World’s Most Disgusting Animals by Jess Keating (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett (Balzer + Bray)
  • Nic Bishop Big Cats by Nic Bishop (Scholastic Press)
  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford (Little Bee Books)
  • Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves’ Hidden Colors by Mia Posada (Millbrook Press TM)
  • What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French (DK Children)
  • The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare (DK Children)
  • Your Amazing Digestion from Mouth through Intestine by Joanne Settel (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)