‘Himawari House’ Wins 2022 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature


The judges chose Harmony Becker’s graphic novel among five other finalists for the prestigious award.

Harmony Becker’s graphic novel, Himawari Housewon the 2022 Kirkus Prize for Literature for Young Readers.

“All Young Readers Literature finalists represent exceptional achievement in their respective formats and genres, but the judges selected Harmony Becker Himawari House for its remarkable mastery of graphic novel conventions and its insightful exploration of emotionally resonant and enduring themes of family, friendship and identity,” the judges said in a statement. both in the authentic cultural specificity that founds it and Becker’s creative presentation that welcomes all readers.

[READ: Q&A: Harmony Becker, Creator of Himawari House]

The other finalists in the category were: Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost by Betina Birkjær, illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard, translated by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov; The year we learned to fly by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López; golden hour by Niki Smith; The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu; and how you grow wings by Rimma Onoseta.

[READ: Best Graphic Novels 2021 | SLJ Best Books]

Titles published between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022 were eligible in the Literature for Young Readers category. There were 512 eligible titles with Kirkus. The winner receives $50,000.

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Read the full Kirkus Prize press release below.

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