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Announcing the 2024 OTTER Award Nominees

WLA's OTTER Award committee is excited to announce the 2024 OTTER Award nominees!

  • Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine (Aven Green, book 1)by Dusti Bowling, illustrated by Gina Perry (Union Square Kids / Sterling Publishing Company)

  • Planetary-YUM (Waffles and Pancake, book 1) by Drew Brockington (LB Ink / Little, Brown Young Readers)

  • Blast Off! (Abby in Orbit, book 1) by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Fuuji Takashi (Albert Whitman & Co.)

  • Awesome Orange Birthday (The Party Diaries, book 1) by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel (Branches / Scholastic)

  • My Kingdom of Darkness (Pet Rule, Book 1) by Susan Tan, illustrated by Wendy Tan Shiau Wei (Branches / Scholastic)

  • The Underdogs (Underdogs, Book 1) by Tracey West, illustrated by Kyla May (Scholastic)


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Cover of "Red Panda & Moon Bear"

Red Panda & Moon Bear! by Jarod Roselló, illustrated by Nina Matsumoto

Two Latinx kids battle supernatural threats to their working-class neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and a pair of very special hoodies.

Red Panda and Moon Bear are the defenders of their community! Together, these brave siblings rescue lost cats, scold bullies, and solve mysteries, all before Mami and Papi get home. But lately... the mysteries have been EXTRA mysterious. All of RP and MB's powers may not be enough to handle spooks, supervillains, alien invaders, and time warps! It'll take all their imagination -- and some new friends -- to uncover the secret cause behind all these events before the whole world goes crazy.

In his first book for young readers, Cuban-American cartoonist Jarod Roselló presents a whimsical and tender-hearted adventure, packed with Saturday-morning action and glowing with Caribbean sunshine.