MITTEN AWARD

The Mitten Award recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in picture book format. First given in 1999 by the Children’s Services Division of the Michigan Library Association, the award is given annually to one children’s book originally published in the United States during the calendar year that has captured the attention of youth librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience. The award selection work group is comprised of Michigan librarians who consider hundreds of children’s books annually to determine a winner.

Mitten Award Guidelines (pdf)

Submit a nomination for the 2022 Mitten Award using the online form:


2022 MITTEN Award Nomination Form

Mitten Award winner Seal - image of mittens in the shape of the state of MI

Mitten Award Seals

Download the Mitten Award seals to use at your library! Winner, Honor Book and Top Ten Title award seals are available for download here: MLA Mitten Award Seals 2020.pdf

 We also have graphics and handouts and we welcome and encourage you to use these in your library or on your library's website!

2021 Mitten Award

The 2021 Mitten Award Work Group scrutinized more than 180 picture books to select this year's Top Ten Titles and winner. Collectively, work group members devoted more than 265 hours to reading and evaluating picture books to select the titles published in 2020 that best meet the criteria as books of especially commendable quality that exhibit venturesome creativity and reflect and encourage children’s interest in a unique or innovative fashion.

2021 Mitten Award Work Group

  • Chair: Kimberlee Gardner, Rochester Hills Public Library
  • Chair: Angela Warsinske, Rochester Hills Public Library
  • Adrienne Baker, Herrick District Library
  • Ashley Lehman, Orion Township Public Library
  • Kirsten Malzahn, Novi Public Library
  • Ashlee McClaughry, Bloomfield Township Library
  • Kathleen Merucci, Salem-South Lyon District Library
  • Everett Pine, Ferndale Area District Library
  • Lisa Rodkey, Kent District Library
  • Keegan Sulecki, Troy Public Library

2021 Mitten Award Winner

The winner of the 2021 Mitten Award is If You Come to Earth, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall and published by Chronicle Books.

In If you Come to Earth a child writes a letter to an imagined alien describing the ups and downs of planet earth and humankind.The Mitten Work Group found this title award-worthy because it is an extremely interesting book that appeals to a wide age group with a unique plotline and detailed pictures that truthfully examine the nature of the world. This year's work group persevered through the challenges of the pandemic and wholeheartedly chose a winner to match the group's sentiment.

The winners and honor books of the 2021 Youth Literary Awards were announced on March 12, 2021, at Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021 during the Literary Awards Lunch Break.

Watch the video announcement:

2021 Mitten Award Top Ten Titles

2021 Mitten Award Top Ten Titles with images of book covers of The Barnabus Project by Eric Fan, Terry Fan, Devin Fan  Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon  Crossings by Alex Landragin  Hike by Pete Oswald  If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall  Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat  Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron  Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor  We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade  Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

  • MLA Mitten Award Top Ten Title Seal has an image if mittens in the share of Michigan's upper and lower peninsula.The Barnabus Project by Eric Fan, Terry Fan, Devin Fan
  • Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
  • Crossings by Katy Duffield
  • Hike by Pete Oswald
  • If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall
  • Lift by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron
  • Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade
  • Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

Download the Mitten Top Ten Titles flyer (pdf).

Past Mitten Award Winners and Honor Books

2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Mitten Award Winners and Honor Books - 1999 - 2017(pdf)

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