‘The Last Cuentista’ and ‘Watercress’ Win Top Book Awards

Children’s books, ‘The Last Cuentista’ and ‘Watercress,’ win coveted Newbery and Caldecott Medals awarded by American libraries.

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American libraries joined together this week to vote on and award their top children’s books of 2022. These awards included The John Newbery Medal and The Randolph Caldecott Medal. The Newbery Medal, in particular, is celebrating its 100th year of awards. For 2022, these coveted awards went to The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera and Watercress by Andrea Wang.


The Last Cuentista, which was published last fall, tells the story of Petra Peña’s journey to becoming a storyteller. While Petra’s life on Earth is destroyed, she has the opportunity to continue living on another planet with her family to start anew. However, years later, she wakes up on the other planet and becomes the only person to remember her life on Earth. She will have to be the ultimate storyteller to help her fellow humans remember their lives before Earth is lost to the world forever.

Watercress follows the story of a young Chinese immigrant who struggles to come to terms as a first-generation American. But when the discovery of a watercress plant brings out stories from her parents’ youth, she realizes that her differences are what make her magical. In addition, she learns the ways she can appreciate and incorporate her Chinese heritage into her American life.

Last year, The Newbery Medal was awarded to When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller and The Caldecott Medal was awarded to We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom.

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