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2023-2024 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Nominated Books

Picture Book

  • All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali 

  • Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali 
  • Everywhere with You by Carlie Sorosiak, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth 
  • Finding Fire by Logan S. Kline 
  • Home by Tonya Lippert, illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier 
  • Listen to the Language of the Trees: A Story of How Forests Communicate Underground by Tera Kelley, illustrated by Marie Hermansson 
  • Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, A Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker, illustrated by Devon Holzwarth 
  • Looking for a Jumbie by Tracey Baptiste, illustrated by Amber Ren 
  • Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein, illustrated by Jing Li 
  • My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien 
  • Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack by Sandra Nickel, illustrated by Oliver Dominquez 
  • The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field by Scott Riley, illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien 
  • The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and American to Share by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Alison Jay 
  • There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers 
  • XO, Exoplanet by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jorge Lacera 

Chapter Book Grades 3-5

  • Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor 
  • Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon 
  • Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos, illustrated by Robert Paul 
  • Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn 
  • How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio 
  • Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier 
  • Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee 
  • The Natural Genius of Ants by Betty Culley 
  • Odder by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso 
  • Once Upon a Tim by Stuart Gibbs, illustrated by Stacy Curtis 

Graphic Novels: Grades 3-5

  • The Aquanaut by Dan Santat 

  • Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen 
  • Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue 
  • Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo 
  • Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Trang Nguyen, illustrated by Jeet Zdung 
  • The Secret Garden on 81st Street by Ivy Noelle Weir, illustrated by Amber Padilla 
  • Sort of Super by Eric Gapstur 
  • Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas 
  • Wait Till Helen Comes: A ghost story graphic novel by Mary Downing Hahn, illustrated by Meredith Laxton 
  • Yummy: A History of Desserts by Victoria Grace Elliott 


2022 - 2023 Black-Eyed Susan Winners

Picture Book - Norman Didn’t Do It!: (Yes, he did.)  by Ryan T. Higgins

Chapter Book Grades 4-6 - Unplugged by Gordon Korman

Graphic Novels: Grades 4-6 - Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter


To see how all the nominated books for the year did, click HERE