We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Indiana Authors Awards in the children’s category! Congratulations to the following Hoosier authors and their books:
Gabrielle Balkan, who grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Brooklyn, for Whose Bones? An Animal Guessing Game, a playful, informative introduction to bones for the youngest readers.
Kim Howard, who grew up in LaPorte and now lives in Bloomington, for Grace and Box, a picture book in which a young girl befriends a box and they go on lively adventures together.
Kenneth Kraegel, who grew up in Mishawaka and now lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., This is a Book of Shapes, which begins as a standard book about everyone’s geometric favorites but soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.
Kekla Magoon, who grew up in Fort Wayne and now lives in Montpelier, Vt., for The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy, about Marshall’s vision for racial equality and how he was determined to do whatever it took to change unfair laws.
Rebecca Mullin, who grew up in Indianapolis and now lives in Eau Claire, Wis., One Tomato: A Garden Counting Book, which introduces the shapes and concepts of the numbers in a fun walk through a garden.
Judith L. Roth, Elkhart, for Hiding Baby Moses, a lyrical retelling of the Old Testament story of baby Moses being hidden from Pharaoh, told from the perspective of his protective older sister.