The First Second title, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME, by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell just keeps racking up awards! It has just been named as a special mention honoree in the Young Adult category of the inaugural 2020 BolognaRagazzi Comics Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair! Congratulations to all…

Breakthrough for Graphic Novels at Major US Awards!

Graphic novels are no longer outsiders in the prize-winners category, and School Library Journal has published a great article detailing the graphic novels that have just won major children’s literary prizes. For example, Jerry Craft’s New Kid became the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal and it also won the Coretta Scott King…

Another Award for TOO MUCH LIP!

After the Miles Franklin, Melissa Lucashenko’s TOO MUCH LIP has now won the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of state significance.   Congratulations to Melissa for this well-deserved award!

Jen Wang Wins Another Prize!

Jen Wang’s graphic novel El Principe y la Modista (THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER) has just been named 2019 Book of the Year by the Madrid booksellers!   Congratulations go to Jen and to her Spanish publisher, Sapristi!  

Three Ignatz Awards for LAURA DEAN!

Hats off to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second) by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for winning three Ignatz Awards at SPX 2019 last weekend!   It won both for “Outstanding Story” and “Outstanding Graphic Novel” and illustrator Valero-O’Connell won the award for “Outstanding Artist”.

TOO MUCH LIP Wins the Miles Franklin!

Melissa Lucashenko’s powerful novel TOO MUCH LIP has won Australia’s prestigious Miles Franklin Prize. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Melissa!  

Yet Another Prize for Boochani!

Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS has won the State Library of New South Wales’ 2019 National Biography Award! The award, worth AU$ 25,000, was announced on 12 August. The judges praised NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS for its ‘poetic and epic writing’, calling it ‘profoundly important, an astonishing act of witness and testament…

First Second Authors Win Big in San Diego!

Three First Second authors took home a total of four coveted Eisner Awards at last week’s San Diego Comicon! In the category Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12), the winner was Faith Erin Hicks’ THE DIVIDED EARTH, Volume 3 in the Nameless City Trilogy.           Then Jen Wang’s THE PRINCE AND…

TOO MUCH LIP Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award!

The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award has just been announced, and Melissa Lucashenko’s TOO MUCH LIP, published by UQP, is one of the six finalists! The prize is worth $AU 60 000, and the winner will be announced on 30 July. Fingers crossed!