Past Shortlists and Winners

cover of book prize winners books

Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice


  • All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything, by Annette Bay Pimental; illus. by Nabi H. Ali (Sourcebooks Explore/Sourcebooks Kids)
  • For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in A Better World, by Michael W. Waters; illus. by Keisha Morris (Flyaway Books) — WINNER
  • Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood, by Tony Hillery; illus. by Jessie Hartland (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)
  • Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights, by Beth Anderson; illus. by E. B. Lewis (Boyds Mill & Kane/Calkins Creek)


  • Art Of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art For Your Revolution, by De Nichols (Candlewick Press)
  • Pocket Change Collective: Concrete Kids, by Amyra Leonl illus. by Ashley Lukashevsky (Penguin Workshop)
  • Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories, by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Magaly Morales (Harry N. Abrams) — WINNER
  • Something Happened In Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence, by Ann Hazzard, Marietta Collins and Marianne Celano (Magination Press)
  • Tani’s New Home: A Refugee Finds Hope and Kindness In America, by Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi; illus. by Courtney Dawson (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
  • Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alverez, by Larry Dane Brimner; illus. by Maya Gonzalez (Calkins Creek)


  • Our World is a Family, by Miry Whitehill and Jennifer Jackson, illustrated by Nomar Perez (Sourcebooks Explore)
  • Your Planet Needs You: A Kids’ Guide to Reducing Waste and Recycling, by Philip Bunting (Bloomsbury Children’s)
  • EVICTED! The Struggle for the Right to Vote, by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Charly Palmer (Calkins Creek/Astra Books for Young Readers)
  • Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women, by Christine McDonnell and Victoria Tentler-Krylov (Candlewick Press)

Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice


  • Reading with Patrick, by Michelle Kuo (Random House)
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, by Susan Burton (The New Press) — WINNER
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, by David France (A.A. Knopf)
  • Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It, by Richard Reeves (Brookings Institute Press)
  • No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America, by Ron Powers (Hachette)


  • Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, by Ben Austen (Harper)
  • In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung (The New Press) — WINNER
  • Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg (Crown)
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration, by Greg Berman and Julian Adler (The New Press)


  • An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz (Nan A. Talese) — WINNER
  • No Place on the Corner: The Costs of Aggressive Policing, by Jan Haldipur (NYU Press) — WINNER
  • Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair, by Danielle Sered (The New Press)
  • Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, by Shannon Watts (HarperOne)
  • Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns, by Igor Volsky (The New Press)
  • Think Black, by Clyde Ford (HarperCollins)


  • Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis Of Disconnection, by Anne Kim (The New Press) — WINNER
  • Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown)
  • Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime, by Jennifer Taub (Viking)
  • Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, by Conor Dougherty (Penguin Press)
  • Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, by Ben Crump (Amistad)
  • The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion, by Diana Greene Foster (Scribner)


  • A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of Schoolby Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire (The New Press)
  • Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom, by Kathryn Kolbert & Julie F. Kay (Hachette Books)
  • In the Shadow Of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities, by Davarian L. Baldwin (Bold Type Books/Hachette)
  • Children Under Fire: An American Crisis, by John Woodrow Cox (Ecco/HarperCollins) — WINNER
  • The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in A Small American Town, by Brian Alexander (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan)
  • Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, by Maia Szalavitz (Hachette Go)


  • Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families–and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, by Dorothy E. Roberts (Basic Books)
  • His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice, by Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa (Viking)
  • Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, by Andrea Elliott (Random House)
  • One Fair Wage: Ending Subminimum Pay in America, by Saru Jayaraman (The New Press)
  • Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success, by Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan (PublicAffairs)
  • The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now, by Anya Kamenetz (Public Affairs)