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  Star of the North Award 2021  

Each year, the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards announce nominees for the Star of the North picture book award. These books are read by students across the state who then vote on which book should be that year's winning title. Winners are announced each April.

You can learn more about the Star of the North picture book award at the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards website: https://myrahome.org/SOTN

Winner

Potato Pants!

Laurie Keller · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by bestselling Geisel-Award winning creator Laurie Keller.

Potato is excited because today -- for one day only -- Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store is selling...

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Honor Titles

Misunderstood Shark

AME DYCKMAN · Orchard Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Every beachgoer knows that there's nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, sidesplittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn...
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A Dog Named Doug

Karma Wilson · Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Dogs love to dig but one dog named Doug takes digging to new heights (and depths) in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and celebrated illustrator Matt Myers.

Meet Doug. Doug is a dog that loves to dig. But when...
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Other Nominees

Be Kind

PAT ZIETLOW MILLER · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

From the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash comes a thoughtful picture book about the power of kindness.

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl...

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Bear Came Along

Richard T. Morris · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!
Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't...
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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Kevin Noble Maillard · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It...

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Going Down Home with Daddy

Kelly Starling Lyons · Peachtree Publishing Company
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

"On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home."
Down home is Granny's house. Down home is where Lil' Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents,...
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A Map into the World

Kao Kalia Yang · Carolrhoda Books ®
Pages: 32
Format: Library Binding

"Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness."
-- Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday
A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.
As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl's world. She moves...

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Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations

Laura Purdie Salas · Charlesbridge
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Poetry + Math + Science = A new way of looking at spring

Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry...
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Under My Hijab

Hena Khan · Lee & Low Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. Jenna puts it under a sun hat when she hikes. Zara styles hers to match her outfit. As a young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way, she also dreams...
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