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.


Click on image or title for details and resources for each book.

2017 Winner – Children’s Literature 
The Crane Girl by Curtis Manley, Illustrated by Lin Wang ((Shen’s Books)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
An’s Seed by Zaozao Wang, Illustrated by Li Huang, translated by Helen Wang (Candied Plums; Bilingual edition)
Fiction, set in China

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet by Sanae Ishida (Little Bigfoot)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
My First Book of Vietnamese Words by Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong (Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition)
Non-fiction, set in Vietnam

 

2017 Winner – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, illustrated by Meilo So, translated by Helen Wang (Candlewick Press)
Fiction, set in China

 

 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Hotaka: Through My Eyes – Natural Disaster Zones by John Heffernan, edited by Lyn White (Allen & Unwin)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Ten: A Soccer Story by Shamini Flint (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Fiction, set in Malaysia

 

 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang (Simon & Schuster; Aladdin)
Fiction, set in China

 

 

 

 

2017 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature 
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang (Spark Press)
Fiction, set in China and the U.S.

 

 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Want by Cindy Pon (Simon & Schuster; Simon Pulse)
Fiction, set in Taiwan

 

 

 

 

2017 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Tanabata Wish by Sara Fujimura (Wishes Enterprises, LLC)
Fiction, set in Japan