MLA 2021 Youth Literary Awards Winners and Honor Books

March 25, 2021

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! Awards! The awards selection group members worked throughout the year spending thousands of hours reading, reviewing and ranking hundreds of books to determine the top titles published in 2020. Watch the announcement below!

2021 Mitten Award Winner

If You Come to Earth
By Sophie Blackall

2021 YouPer Award Winner

Fighting Words
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2021 Thumbs Up! Award Winner

Punching the Air
By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam



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