Black-Eyed Susan Nominees 2023-2024

The Black Eyed Susan Committee of the Maryland Association of School Librarians nominees for 2023-2024 



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 America 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



Anybody Here Seen Frenchie?  by Leslie Connor

Chester Keene Cracks the Code  by Kakla Magoon

Cookies & Milk  by Shawn Amos, illustrated by Robert Paul

Honestly Elliott  by Gillian McDunn

How to Win a Slime Ear  by Mae Respicio

Just Right Jillian  by Nicle 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 Gibb, illustrated by Stacy Curtis



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 of 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  by Mary Downing Hahn, illustrated by Meredith Laxton

Yummy: A History of Desserts  by Victoria grace Elliott



Attack of the Black Rectangles  by A.S. King

The Door of No Return  by Kwame Alexander

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun  by Tola Okogwu

Pony  by R. J. Palacio

Rivals  by Tommy Greenwald

The Secret Battle of Evan Pao  by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Troublemaker  by John Cho

Violets Are Blue  by Barbara Dee

When the World Was Ours  by Liz Kessler

Yonder  by Ali Standish



Frieren: Beyond Journey's End, Book 1  by Kanehito Yamada, illustrated by Tsukasa Abe

Frizzy  by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra

The Golden Hour  by Niki Smith

Invisible  by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriela Epstein

Isla to Island  by Alexis Castellanos

Little Monarchs  by Jonathan Case

M is for Monster  by Talia Dutton

Treasure in the Lake  by Jason Pamment

Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice  by Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

The Well  by Jake Wyatt, illustrated by Choo



The Agathas  by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

All My Rage  by Sabaa Tahir

Call Me Athena: Girl From Detroit  by Colby Cedar Smith

Eat Your Heart Out  by Kelly deVos

Golden Boys  by Phil Stamper

House of Hollow  by Krystal Sutherland

I Must Betray You  by Ruta Sepetys

Mamo  by Sas Milledge

Me (Moth)  by Amber McBride

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American  by Laura Gao