My home state has a wealth of literary talent, and both as an author of books for young readers and as a member of the Texas Institute of Letters’ governing council, I’m always eager to find out which of my peers will be honored by the TIL’s annual literary awards.

This year’s just-announced awards — for books that were published in 2023 — include:

Brigid Erin Flynn Award for Best Picture Book: Remembering, written by Xelena González (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Deirdre Siobhan FlynnBass Award for Best Middle Grade Book: Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman, written by Diana López (Kokila)

Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book: An Appetite for Miracles, written by Laekan Zea Kemp (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Finalists for the Brigid Erin Flynn Award for Best Picture Book include Piece by Piece: Ernestine’s Gift for President Roosevelt, written by Lupe Ruiz-Flores (Millbrook Press), and Nell Plants a Tree, written by Anne Wynter (Balzer + Bray).

Finalists for the Deirdre Siobhan FlynnBass Award for Best Middle Grade Book include Warrior Girl, written by Carmen Tafolla (Nancy Paulsen Books), and The Museum of Lost and Found, written by Leila Sales (Harry N. Abrams).

Finalists for the Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book include The Weight of Everything, written by Marcia Argueta Mickelson (Carolrhoda Lab), and Ander & Santi Were Here, written by Jonny Garza Villa (Wednesday Books).

Congratulations to each of these authors and to the teams who helped create these honored books,

For details about the winners and finalists for all twelve categories of the annual Texas Institute of Letters Literary Awards (prizes total more than $27,000), please visit the TIL’s website. And to submit work for next year’s awards, watch this space in late September.