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Land of Enchantment Book Award 2020 Winners and 2022 Nominees Announced

The Land of Enchantment Book Award is the New Mexico’s best book of the year, voted on by students around the state. It’s typically voted on by New Mexico students in April but it’s 2020 so everything was a little different this year and voting ended in September. There were 4 winners announced in the different categories:

Roadrunner (grades K-3)

Coyote (grades 3-5)

Lizard (grades 6-8)

Black Bear (grades 9-12)

In November, the committee met and created the list that students will vote on in Spring 2022. The titles are:

Roadrunner (grades K-3):

  • Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
  • I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black
  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  • Johnny’s Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema
  • Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
  • How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
  • Because by Mo Willems
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Mailard

Coyote (grades 3-5):

  • Stargazing by Jen Wang
  • Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
  • Astronuts by Jon Scieszka
  • The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens
  • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
  • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
  • Danza! Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

Lizard (grades 6-8):

  • They Call Me Guero by David Bowles
  • The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot
  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Bear (grades 9-12):

  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  • Barely Missing Everything by Matt Méndez
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones/ Gilly Segal
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  • Light Years by Kass Morgan

Any student in New Mexico can cast a vote for any category they’ve read at least 3 books in (except for Black Bear which only requires reading one book). Voting can be held in schools, public libraries, or even individual families.

For a list of the books that students will vote on in 2021, please visit their website.


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