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 Alexander, Valerie 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
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, March: Book Three
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press
Meg Medina, Burn Baby Burn
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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