2016 YA National Book Award Finalists

Each year, the National Book Awards nominates books for four differrent categories: Poetry, Young People’s Literature, Nonfiction, and Fiction. The Longlist for this year’s Young People’s Literature has been announced. This year, the longlist includes a range of novels including, a Civil Rights Activist’s journey about fighting for freedom, a tale of a girl trying to cope with her father who abandoned her family, a story of a woman who survived the Nagasaki bombing, a novel about a boy and a fox, and a few unique romance tales.

This year, the judges consist of authors, William AlexanderValerie Lewis, Katherine Paterson, Ellen Oh, and Laura Ruby

2016 National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature:

Kwame Alexander, Booked                                                                             Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
Candlewick Press

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, March: Book Three
Top Shelf

Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Little, Brown

Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press

Meg Medina, Burn Baby Burn
Candlewick Press

Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen (Illustrator), Pax
Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins

Jason Reynolds, Ghost
Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Caren Stelson, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group

Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
Random House / Delacorte Press


The winners will be announced November 16th. 


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