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 2020. Click on image or title for details and resources for each book.

2019 Winner – Children’s Literature 
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith, Illustrated by Rachel Wada (Orca Book Publisher)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

2019 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang, Illustrated by Kana Urbanowicz (Little Bee Books)
Non-fiction, set in Japan

 

 

2019 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, Illustrated by Jiu Er ,  (Greystone Books)
Fiction, set in Inner Mongolia, China

 

 

2019 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature 
When Spring Comes to the DMZ by Uk-Bae Lee (Plough Publishing House)
Fiction, set in Korea

 

 

 

2019 Winner – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
All The Ways Home by Elsie Chapman (Macmillan, Feiwel and Friends)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2019 Winner – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, Illustrated by Julia Kuo (Simon & Schuster, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
Fiction, set in Japan

 

 

 

 

2019 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/Middle School Literature 
Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman (Pajama Press)
Fiction, set in Indonesia

 

 

 

 

2019 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature 
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Simon & Schuster, Salaam Reads)
Fiction, set in Malaysia

 

 

 

 

2019 Winner – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Penguin Young Readers, Kokila)
Fiction, set in the Philippines

 

 

 

 

2019 Honorable Mention – Young Adult/High School Literature 
Indigo Girl by Suzanne Kamata (Gemma Media)
Fiction, set in America and Japan