Before we dive into discussion of criteria and contenders, we thought we’d start by paying homage to Stonewall Book Awards past, while keeping our focus on this year’s titles. Listed here are the authors of previous winners or honors (across all three of the awards: the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award) who have eligible children’s or YA books out this year. Could any of these authors win a second (or third or fourth or fifth) Stonewall medal? We’ll take a closer look at many of the new books mentioned here in the months to come.
Previously: Hood (Literature Winner, 1997), The Sealed Letter (Literature Honor, 2009), Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (Nonfiction Winner, 2011), Frog Music (Literature Honor, 2015).
Out this year: The Lotterys Plus One, from Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine in March.
Previously: The Porcupine of Truth (Children’s/YA Winner, 2016).
Out this year: Honestly Ben, from Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine in March.
Previously: When the Moon Was Ours (Children’s/YA Honor, 2017).
Out this year: Wild Beauty, from Feiwel & Friends in October.
Previously: Mommy, Mama, and Me (Children’s/YA Honor, 2010), Daddy, Papa, and Me (Children’s/YA Honor, 2010), October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard (Children’s/YA Honor, 2013).
Out this year: Sparkle Boy, from Lee & Low in June.
Previously: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (Children’s/YA Winner, 2017).
Out this year: The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy, from Disney/Hyperion in May, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead, from Disney/Hyperion in October.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Previously: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Children’s/YA Winner, 2013), Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (Literature Honor, 2014).
Out this year: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, from Clarion in March.