Announcing Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature

The 36th annual Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature, hosted by the Women’s National Book Association-Los Angeles Chapter (WNBA-LA), will broadcast its virtual award’s event on YouTube beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. PST.

The award is granted to works of literary excellence for nine-to-twelve year olds. Judy Lopez was a bookseller and founding member of the WNBA-LA, and she was passionate about seeing children’s literature of quality recognized and rewarded. Visit our website at

+ Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature
+ Date—beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021
+ Time—2:00 p.m. PST
+ Open to the public—FREE

This year’s medalist is NPR Best Book of the Year author Daniel Nayeri, who wrote Everything Sad is Untrue: a True Story. Honor book awards go to Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Dial Press) for When Stars are Scattered, Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick) for A Wish in the Dark, and Wesley King (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books) for Sara and the Search for Normal.

Books are available for purchase at Donations are welcome to help promote the award and support excellence in children’s literature. The WNBA-LA is a registered 501(c)(3).

Kid Lit Happy Hour

Calling all Kid Lit Authors and Illustrators! The WNBA LA chapter is hosting our FIRST Kid Lit Happy Hour. Grab your favorite book-themed drink and come hang out.  RSVP for the event by clicking here.

Who is invited:
Lovers/ Authors/ Illustrators of:
Board Books
Picture Books
Graphic Novels for kids
Young Adult Books

Learn more about WNBA
Sneak Peek at Kid Lit Summer Workshops/events

April 29th Thursday From 6pm – 7pm

What to Bring:
Your Work!
Your drink!