Friday, December 2, 2022

Bookstagang Book Awards

Three towers of picture books and board books are stacked in my studio. There are also eight unopened boxes, piles of books by themes, and books in my car waiting to be unpacked. This is the scene of a busy season as a judge for the Bookstagang Book Awards, a book award for children’s picture and board books judged by kid lit bookstagrammers. That’s right, children’s book influencers bringing you the best of the best via our Instagram channels. This year we had over 500 books submitted by many big publishers including Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and smaller publishers including Soaring Kite, Little Feminist, and Moon Dust Press. 

About the Book Awards

The Bookstagang Awards began four years ago founded by Alessandra Requena, who’s on Instagram as @readwithriver. Originally called the Read with River Book Club, it then transitioned to Bookstagang. Bookstagang is a community and professional discussion hub for those with a passion for books. This group has grown over time with a community who works and collaborates together year round. I have formed genuine connections with the members and keep in touch with them. It truly is a wonderful community of members who help one another and always share the best book recs.

Book Categories 

Over 100 publishers submitted this year for 8 main categories:
️ -Biography
️ -Board Books
️ -Bookshelf Builders
️ -Conversation Starters
️ -Future Classics
️ -Illustration
️ -Innovative Nonfiction
️ -Read Aloud

We also had a new community award voted by the general public.
Kelly @inclusivestorytime, Corrie @thetinyactivists, and Jenna @kidlitbrain created detailed scoring spreadsheets and helped with logistics this year. 

The 2022 Winners

10 winners were chosen in each category for 80 total! Check out the winners on this post.
2022 Bookstagang Winners Post

Meet the Judges

16 judges participated this year in the book awards. Follow them all here for amazing book recommendations! 


“Each year, our panel of diverse judges reads, discusses, and assesses hundreds of books to find the very best picture books published in that calendar year. We’re honored that judges of all sizes (both large publishing houses and small) submit their favorite books of the year for consideration. We begin our process as early as August and it culminates in the release of our awards list in early December, just in time for holiday shopping.” -Jenna, Bookstagang Judge 

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Delia Ruiz (she/her) is a Latinx author, content creator, and book reviewer. She has served as a judge for the Jose Marti Awards, International Latino Book Awards, and the Bookstagang Awards. She enjoys stories showcasing BIPOC joy and everyday life. Join her on social media at @aventuras.en.esl 

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