YA National Book Award Longlist has been Announced!

Yesterday, the National Book Foundation released the longlist Young People’s Literature category of the 2019 National Book Awards!

For nearly 70 years, the National Book Foundation has recognized outstanding literary works every year. They are five categories in the National Book Awards: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. The Young People’s longlist was the first to be released this week, and other are scheduled to appear later on. The shortlist for the finalists in the will be released October 8, and the winners are going to be announced Nov. 20. So you’ve got plenty of time to read some of these incredible books!

The list of ten contenders, announced by The New Yorker, includes the following:


Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, The Undefeated

Laurie Halse Anderson, Shout



Akwaeke Emezi, Pet

Cynthia Kadohata, A Place to Belong

Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks



Randy Ribay, Patron Saints of Nothing

Laura Ruby, Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

Martin W. Sandler, 1919: The Year That Changed America



Hal Schrieve, Out of Salem

Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, Kiss Number 8


These are absolute must-reads for any YA fan, so definitely check them out before the winner’s announced!




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