Book Prizes

The Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice and Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice celebrate the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people—a value shared by the publishing community and Goddard Riverside.

Logo of the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice

Children Under Fire and Pura’s Cuentos Claim 2021 Social Justice Book Prizes

The covers of Pura's Cuentos and Children Under Fire displayed side by side on a tan background with a light green border

John Woodrow Cox’s exploration of the wide-ranging impacts of gun violence on our nation’s children joins Annette Bay Pimentel’s story of an iconic New York City librarian as our judges’ top picks.

Earlier this year we released a six-book shortlist for each prize, full of challenging and interesting titles on topics ranging from immigration to health care to housing.

Book Prize Judges

Meet the panels for both book prizes.


Adult Prize

Eligible works are full-length, nonfiction books with subject matter related to housing, early childhood and secondary education, older adult life, city arts, social policy and other important aspects of community life that support and promote Goddard Riverside’s mission of investing in people and strengthening community. The prize is named for former Goddard Riverside Executive Director Stephan Russo and honors his appreciation of the works that help us understand the issues of our day.

Youth Prize

Eligible works are nonfiction books for children or teens related to urban life and issues and supporting values such as community, equality, opportunity, mutual understanding, respect, caring and justice – in accordance with Goddard Riverside’s mission. This prize is administered in partnership with the Children’s Book Council.

Past Winners


(Two Winners)
Jan Haldipur’s No Place on the
Corner: The Costs of Aggressive
[NYU Press]

Alex Kotlowitz’s An American
Summer: Love and Death in
[Nan A. Talese]


Bernice Yeung’s In a Day’s
Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers

[The New Press]


Susan Burton’s Becoming
Ms. Burton
[The New Press]

Past Shortlists

See our past shortlists here