Previous Winners

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.

Emma Donoghue

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.


Bill Konigsberg

Previously: The Porcupine of Truth (Children’s/YA Winner, 2016).

Out this year: Honestly Ben, from Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine in March.


Anna-Marie McLemore

Previously: When the Moon Was Ours (Children’s/YA Honor, 2017).

Out this year: Wild Beauty, from Feiwel & Friends in October.


Lesléa Newman

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.


Rick Riordan

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.


2 thoughts on “Previous Winners

  1. Well, just seeing this pop up in my feed reader made me want to go home and start rereading HOOD immediately. Looking forward to discussing this year’s books in depth later, since the ones I currently think have the best chance (Sparkle Boy, Wild Beauty) are the ones I haven’t read yet…


  2. I need to get reading, because I am sad to say I haven’t read most of these yet. But I have been reading Sparkle Boy over and over to my kids lately, and it is a household favorite.


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