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2024 Towner Award Nominees Press Release

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  • Battle of the Butts: The Science Behind Animal Behinds, by Jocelyn Rish; illustrated by David Creighton-Pester (Running Press Kids)
  • The Little Spacecraft That Could, by Joyce Lapin; illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli (Union Square Kids)
  • Brains! Not Just A Zombie Snack, by Stacy McAnulty; illustrated by Matthew Rivera (Henry Holt and Co.)
  • The Magic of Sleep: A Fascinating Guide to the World of Slumber, by Vicki Woodgate (DK Children)
  • Fourteen Monkeys: A Rain Forest Rhyme, by Melissa Stewart; illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books)
  • Scurry! The Truth About Spiders, by Annette Whipple; illustrated by Juanbjuan Oliver and Franco Rivolli (Reycraft Books)
  • The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee; by Julie Leung; illustrated by Julie Kwon (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation, by Alice B. McGinty; illustrated by Shonto Begay (Schwartz & Wade)
  • I Am Smoke, by Henry Herz; illustrated by Mercè López (Tilbury House Publishers)
  • Zion Unmatched, by Zion Clark and James S. Hirsch; illustrated by Juanbjuan Oliver and Franco Rivolli

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)