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And the 2021 Undies Go To . . .

Carter Higgins and I put out the call for 2021 Undies Award nominations. You responded with loads of them.

We out out the call for Undies Award votes. Hundreds of you hopped on the Google form to pick your favorites.

Thank you.

Today, we share the winners of the 2021 Undies

Best Impression of Something Other Than a Book:

THE LOST PACKAGE by Richard Ho, illustrated by Jessica Lanan

The Humor Award:

NO PANTS by Jacob Grant

The ‘Let Me Introduce You to the Characters’ Award

EL CUCUY IS SCARED, TOO! by Donna Barba Higuera, illustrated by Juliana Perdomo

The ‘Look Closely’ Award:

A CREATURE OF HABIT by Jennifer E. Smith, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

Best Chapter Book/Middle Grade/YA:


Best Stamp or Silhouette:

GEMMA AND THE GIANT GIRL by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Marie Lafrance

Best Moon or Stars:

GOODNIGHT GANESHA by Nadia Salomon, Poonam Mistry

Best Peek at the Setting:

ROAD TRIP! by Steve Light

Best Something to Read:

FRANKENSLIME by Joy Keller, illustrated by Ashley Belote

Best Transformation:

TWENTY-ONE STEPS by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Matt Tavares


IN MY MOSQUE by M. O. Yuksel, illustrated by Hatem Aly

The ‘Zoom In’ Award:

HELLO, RAIN! by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham

Best Energy:

THE LONGEST LETSGOBOY by Derick Wilder, illustrated by Catia Chien

The Landscape Award:

THE BOY AND THE SEA by Camille Andros, illustrated by Amy June Bates

Most Sophisticated:

THE SECRET OF THE MAGIC PEARL by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Best View:

PENGUIN JOURNEY by Angela Burke Kunkel, illustrated by Catherine Odell

Best Nature:

WATERCRESS by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. What amazing books and covers! (And Undies, of course)! Thank you for sharing!