EJK Award Winners and Honorees

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EJK Award Winners

YearNameAwardBookPublisher

2021

Tricia Elam WalkerWinner WriterNana Akua Goes to SchoolPenguin Random House
Heidi Woodward SheffieldWinner IllustratorBrick by BrickPenguin Random House

2020

Ashleigh CorrinWinner IllustratorLayla’s HappinessHoliday House
Sydney SmithWinner WriterSmall in the CityHoliday House

2019

Oge MoraWinner IllustratorThank You, Omu!Hachette Book Group
John SullivanWinner WriterKitten and the Night WatchmanSimon & Schuster

2018

Derrick BarnesWinner WriterCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutAgate
Evan TurkWinner IllustratorMuddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy WatersSimon & Schuster

2017

Micha ArcherWinner IllustratorDaniel Finds a PoemPenguin Random House
Jeri WattsWinner WriterA Piece of HomeCandlewick Press

2016

Don TateWinner WriterPoet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses HortonTrustbridge Global Media
Phoebe WahlWinner IllustratorSonya’s ChickensPenguin Random House

2015

Chris HaughtonWinner IllustratorShh! We Have a PlanCandlewick Press
Chieri UegakiWinner WriterHana Hashimoto, Sixth ViolinCorus Entertainment Canada

2014

Ame DyckmanWinner WriterTea Party RulesPenguin Random House
Christian RobinsonWinner IllustratorRain!Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2013

Julie FoglianoWinner WriterAnd Then It’s SpringMacmillan
Hyewon YumWinner IllustratorMom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!Macmillan

2012

Jenny Sue Kostecki-ShawWinner IllustratorSame, Same but DifferentMacmillan
Meg MedinaWinner WriterTia Isa Wants a CarCandlewick Press

2011

Laura CrozaWinner WriterI Know HereGroundwood
Tao NyeuWinner IllustratorBunny DaysPenguin Random House

2010

Tonya Cherie HegaminWinner WriterMost Loved in All the World Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Taeeun YooWinner IllustratorOnly a Witch Can FlyMacmillan

2009

Stian HoleWinner WriterGarmann’s SummerEerdmans Books
Shadra StricklandWinner IllustratorBirdLee & Low Books

2008

Jonathan BeanWinner IllustratorThe Apple Pie that Papa BakedSimon & Schuster
David Ezra SteinWinner WriterLeavesPenguin Random House

2007

Kristen BalouchWinner IllustratorMystery BottleDisney(Hyperion)
Kelly CunnaneWinner WriterFor You Are a Kenyan ChildSimon & Schuster

2006

Yunmee KyongWinner IllustratorSilly ChickenPenguin Random House
Mary Ann RodmanWinner WriterMy Best Friend Penguin Random House

2005

Janice N. HarringtonWinner WriterGoing NorthMacmillan
Ana JuanWinner IllustratorThe Night EaterScholastic

2004

Jeron Ashford FrameWinner WriterYesterday I Had the BluesPenguin Random House
Gabi SwiatkowskaWinner IllustratorMy Name is YoonMacmillan

2003

Sophie BlackallWinner IllustratorRuby’s WishMcEvoy Group
Shirin Yim BridgesWinner WriterRuby’s WishMcEvoy Group

2002

Jerome LagarrigueWinner IllustratorFreedom SummerSimon & Schuster
Deborah WilesWinner WriterFreedom SummerSimon & Schuster

2001

Bryan CollierWinner IllustratorUptownMacmillan
D.B. JohnsonWinner WriterHenry Hikes to FitchburgHoughton Mifflin Harcourt

2000

Soyung PakWinner WriterDear JunoPenguin Random House

1999

Stephanie Stuve-BodeenWinner WriterElizabeti’s DollLee & Low Books

1997

Juan Felipe HerreraWinner WriterCalling the Doves (El canto de las palomas)Lee & Low Books

1995

Cari BestWinner WriterTaxi! Taxi!Hachette Book Group

1993

Faith RinggoldWinner WriterTar BeachPenguin Random House

1991

Angela JohnsonWinner WriterTell Me a Story, MamaScholastic

1989

Yoriko TsutsuiWinner WriterAnna’s Special PresentPenguin Random House

1987

Juanita HavillWinner WriterJamaica’s FindHoughton Mifflin Harcourt

1986

Valerie FlournoyWinner WriterThe Patchwork QuiltPenguin Random House

EJK Honorees

YearNameAwardBookPublisher

2021

Jarrett & Jerome PumphreyHonor WriterThe Old TruckW. W. Norton & Company
Raymond AntrobusHonor WriterCan Bears Ski?Candlewick Press
Steve SmallHonor IllustratorI’m Sticking With YouMacmillan
Victoria Tentler-KrylovHonor IllustratorCyclops of Central ParkPenguin Random House

2020

Matthew FarinaHonor WriterLawrence in the FallHachette Book Group
Zeke PeñaHonor IllustratorMy Papi Has a MotorcyclePenguin Random House
Kate ReadHonor IllustratorOne Fox: A Counting Book ThrillerHoliday House
Doug SalatiHonor IllustratorLawrence in the FallHachette Book Group
Mariahadessa Ekere TallieHonor WriterLayla’s HappinessEnchanted Lion Books

2019

Keith CalabreseHonor WriterLena’s Shoes are NervousSimon & Schuster
Matt JamesHonor WriterThe FuneralGroundwood
Jessica LoveHonor IllustratorJulian is a MermaidCandlewick Press
Juana Martinez-NealHonor WriterAlmaCandlewick Press
Jane McGuinnessHonor IllustratorPrickly Hedgehogs!Candlewick Press

2018

Jessixa BagleyHonor WriterLaundry DayMacmillan
Thi BuiHonor IllustratorA Different PondCapstone
Rachel ColeHonor WriterCity MoonPenguin Random House
Bianca DiazHonor IllustratorThe One Day HouseCharlesbridge
E.B. GoodaleHonor IllustratorWindowsCandlewick Press
Gordon C. JamesHonor IllustratorCrown: An Ode to the Fresh CutAgate
Elaine MagliaroHonor WriterThings to DoMcEvoy Group
Bao PhiHonor WriterA Different PondCapstone

2017

Daisy HirstHonor IllustratorThe Girl with the Parrot on Her HeadCandlewick Press
Stacy McAnultyHonor WriterExcellent EdKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Francesca SannaHonor IllustratorThe JourneyNobrow Press
Francesca SannaHonor WriterThe JourneyNobrow Press

2016

Megan Dowd LambertHonor WriterA Crow of His OwnCharlesbridge
Ryan T. HigginsHonor IllustratorMother BruceDisney(Hyperion)
Julia Sarcone-RoachHonor WriterThe Bear Ate Your SandwichKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Rowboat WatkinsHonor IllustratorRude CakesMcEvoy Group

2015

Adam AuerbachHonor WriterEdda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of SchoolMacmillan
Misty CopelandHonor WriterFirebirdPenguin Random House
Mike CuratoHonor IllustratorLittle Elliot, Big CityMacmillan
Alan (deceased) RabinowitzHonor WriterA Boy and a JaguarHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Evan TurkHonor IllustratorGrandfather GandhiSimon & Schuster

2014

Marta AltésHonor IllustratorMy GrandpaAbrams
K.G. CampbellHonor IllustratorTea Party RulesPenguin Random House
Linda DavickHonor WriterI Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes!Simon & Schuster
Aaron MeshonHonor IllustratorTake Me Out to the YakyuSimon & Schuster
Pat Zietlow MillerHonor WriterSophie’s SquashPenguin Random House

2013

K.G. CampbellHonor IllustratorLester’s Dreadful SweatersCorus Entertainment Canada
Jennifer LanthierHonor WriterThe Stamp CollectorFitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
Sanjay PatelHonor IllustratorGanesha’s Sweet ToothMcEvoy Group
Mara RockliffHonor WriterMy Heart Will Not Sit DownKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Don TateHonor WriterIt Jes’ HappenedLee & Low Books

2012

Micha ArcherHonor IllustratorLola’s FandangoBarefoot Books
David ErcoliniHonor IllustratorNot Inside this House!Hachette Book Group
Jenny Sue Kostecki-ShawHonor WriterSame, Same but DifferentMacmillan
Nicola WinstanleyHonor WriterCinnamon BabyCorus Entertainment
Anna WitteHonor WriterLola’s FandangoBarefoot Books