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.

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



2016 Winner – Children’s Literature 
My Night at the Planetarium by Innosanto Nagara (Seven Stories Press)
Non-fiction, set in Indonesia



2016 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
Are You an Echo? – The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by Misuzu Kaneko (Chin Music Press)
Non-fiction, set in Japan


2016 Winner – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu (Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Fiction, set in Japan