Freeman Book Awards

Honoring East And Southeast Asian Titles for Children and Young Adults

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.


Awards announced January 2019. Click on image or title for details and resources for each book.

2018 Winner – Children’s Literature 
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer, Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan (Tilbury House Nature Books)
Non fiction, set in China

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
The Turtle Ship by Helena Ku Rhee, Illustrated by Colleen Kong-Savage (Shen’s Books/Lee & Low Books)
Fiction, set in Korea

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
Confucius: Great Teacher of China by Demi,  (Lee & Low Books)
Non fiction, set in China

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Illustrated by Melissa Iwai  (Clarion Books)
Non fiction, set in the U.S.

 

2018 Of Note – Children’s Literature 
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, Translated by Edward Gauvin  (Lerner Books)
Fiction, set in China

 

 

 

2018 Winner – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Grenade by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)
Historical fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Onibi: Diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter by Atelier Sento, Cecile Brun, Olivier Pichard, Translated by Marie Velde (Tuttle Publishing)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho and Marsha Skrypuch (Pajama Press)
Non fiction, set in Vietnam

 

 

 

2018 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Go: A Coming of Age Novel by Kazuki Kaneshiro, Translated by Takami Nieda (AmazonCrossing)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2018 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature 
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Fiction, set in Taiwan

 

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Girls on the Line by Jennie Lie (Lerner Publishing Group/Carolrhoda Lab)
Fiction, set in China

 

 

 

 

2018 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/High School Literature 
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (Harper Collins Publishers)
Fiction, set in East and South Asia

 

 

 

 

2018 Of Note – Young Adult/High School Literature 
The Analects: An Illustrated Edition by Confucius, Adapted and Illustrated by C.C. Tsai, Translated by Brian Bruya, With a foreword by Michael Puett (Princeton University Press)
Non fiction, set China

 

 

2018 Of Note – Young Adult/High School Literature 
The Dragon Ridge Tombs by Tianxia Bachang, Translated by Jeremy Tiang (Penguin Random House)
Fiction, set China