WLA Book Award Nominations for 2021-22

May 6, 2021

The nominees are chosen, and Wyoming’s K-12 students will soon have the chance to vote on their favorite books.

Each year, the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.

Learn more about the awards.

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WANTED poster displays covers of Buckaroo Award nominees

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2021-22 Buckaroo Book Award Nominees

  • Bad Dog by Mike Boldt
  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña
  • A Drop of the Sea by Ingrid Chabbert
  • Giraffe Problems by Jory John
  • Just Ask! Be Brave, Be Different, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Let ’er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • My Rainy Day Rocketship by Markette Sheppard
  • Pea, Bee, and Jay: Stuck Together by Brian Smith
  • Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars by Richard Ho
  • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright
Poster with book cover images for Indian Paintbrush award nominees

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2021-22 Indian Paintbrush Award Nominees

  • Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Out of Hiding: a Holocaust Survivor’s Journey to America by Ruth Gruener
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre
  • Wildfire by W.R. Philbrick
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
Poster with book cover images for Soaring Eagle award nominees

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2021-22 Soaring Eagle Award Nominees

  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer
  • Desert Dust by Paul W. Papa
  • Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
  • Sky Hunter by Marie Lu
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  • Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
  • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee


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