2022 Jefferson Cup Award Winner and Honors Announced

Areli is a Dreamer wins 2022 Jefferson Cup Award

The Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce their selections for the 2022 winning and honor titles.  The 2022 Jefferson Cup winning title is Areli is a Dreamer by Areli Morales, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe.  

Areli Is a Dreamer (Random House Studio) tells the story of young Areli Morales, who is a DACA recipient.  When she is a baby, Areli’s parents and brother move to the United States to make a better life for the family.  She stays behind with her grandparents in Mexico.  Her parents send for her when she is in kindergarten and she makes the move to New York City to be with her family.  She is uncomfortable in her new home, but she makes America her home and sees it as a land of opportunity.



Honor Titles

Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte (Scholastic, Inc) and Your Legacy:  A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams, Illustrated by Tonya Engel  (Abrams Books for Young Readers) were selected as honor books.  


About Jefferson Cup Award

Established in 1982 and presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography, and historical fiction for young people, and to recognize authors in these disciplines. From 2012-2021 two books were selected: one for geared toward young adult readers and one for young readers. Beginning in 2022, the Committee returned to the original model, honoring the most distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people.