National Book Award for Young People's Literature

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The National Book Award for Young People's Literature is one of five annual National Book Awards, which are given by the National Book Foundation (NBF) to recognize outstanding literary work by US citizens. They are awards "by writers to writers".[1] The panelists are five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field".[2]

The category Young People's Literature was established in 1996. From 1969 to 1983, prior to the Foundation, there were some "Children's" categories.[3]

The award recognizes one book written by a US citizen and published in the US from December 1 to November 30. The National Book Foundation accepts nominations from publishers until June 15, requires mailing nominated books to the panelists by August 1, and announces five finalists in October. The winner is announced on the day of the final ceremony in November. The award is $10,000 and a bronze sculpture; other finalists get $1000, a medal, and a citation written by the panel.[4][a]

There were 230 books nominated for the 2010 award.[5]

Finalists[edit]

Children's Books, 1969 to 1979[edit]

Books for "children" were first recognized by the National Book Awards in 1969 (publication year 1968). Through 1979, a single award category existed, called either "Children's Literature" or "Children's Books."[6]

Children's Books winners and finalists, 1969 to 1979
Year Author Title Result Ref.
1969 Meindert DeJong Journey from Peppermint Street Finalist [7]
Lloyd Alexander The High King
Patricia Clapp Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth
Esther Hautzig The Endless Steppe
Milton Meltzer Langston Hughes: A Biography
1970 Isaac Bashevis Singer A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw Winner [8]
Vera and Bill Cleaver Where the Lilies Bloom Finalist
Edna Mitchell Preston Popcorn and Ma Goodness
William Steig Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Edwin Tunis The Young United States, 1783–1830
1971 Lloyd Alexander The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Winner [9]
Vera and Bill Cleaver Grover Finalist
Paula Fox Blowfish Live in the Sea
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad are Friends
E. B. White The Trumpet of the Swan
1972 Donald Barthelme The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or The Hithering Thithering Djinn Winner [10]
Jan Adkins The Art and Industry of Sandcastles Finalist
John Donovan Wild In The World
Ursula K. Le Guin The Tombs of Atuan
Virginia Hamilton The Planet of Junior Brown
Clyde Watson Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes
1973 Ursula K. Le Guin The Farthest Shore Winner [11]
Betsy Byars The House of Wings Finalist
Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire d'Aulaires' Trolls
Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves
Betty Jean Lifton and Thomas C. Fox Children of Vietnam
Georgess McHargue The Impossible People
Zilpha Keatley Snyder The Witches of Worm
William Steig Dominic
1974 Eleanor Cameron The Court of the Stone Children Winner [12]
Alice Childress A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Finalist
Vera and Bill Cleaver The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee
Julia Cunningham The Treasure is the Rose
Bette Greene Summer of My German Soldier
Kristin Hunter Guests in the Promised Land
E. L. Konigsburg A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
Norma Fox Mazer A Figure of Speech
F.N. Monjo Poor Richard in France
Harve Zemach and Margot Zemach Duffy and the Devil
1975 Virginia Hamilton M. C. Higgins the Great Winner [13]
Natalie Babbitt The Devil's Storybook Finalist
Bruce Buchenholz Doctor in the Zoo
Bruce Clements I Tell a Lie Every So Often
James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier My Brother Sam is Dead
Jason Laure with Ettagale Laure Joi Bangla! The Children of Bangladesh
Milton Meltzer World of Our Fathers
Milton Meltzer Remember the Days
Adrienne Richard Wings
Mary Stolz The Edge of Next Year
1976 Walter D. Edmonds 'Bert Breen's Barn Winner [14]
Eleanor Cameron To the Green Mountains Finalist
Norma Farber As I Was Crossing Boston Common
Isabelle Holland Of Love and Death and Other Journeys
David McCord The Star in the Pail
Nicholasa Mohr El Bronx Remembered
Brenda Wilkinson Ludell
1977 Katherine Paterson 'The Master Puppeteer Winner [15]
Milton Meltzer Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust Finalist
John Ney Ox Under Pressure
Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Barbara Wersba Tunes for a Small Harmonica
1978 Judith Kohl and Herbert Kohl The View From the Oak: The Private Worlds of Other Creatures Winner [16]
Betty Sue Cummings Hew Against the Grain Finalist
Ilse Koehn Mischling, Second Degree: My Childhood in Nazi Germany
David McCord One at a Time
William Steig Caleb + Kate
1979 Katherine Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins Winner [17]
Lloyd Alexander The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha Finalist
Vera and Bill Cleaver Queen of Hearts
Sid Fleischman Humbug Mountain
Paula Fox The Little Swineherd and Other Tales

Children's Books, 1980-1983[edit]

In 1980 under the new name The American Book Awards (TABA), the number of literary award categories jumped to 28, including two for Children's Books: hardcover and paperback. In the following three years there were three, five, and five Children's Book award categories—thus fifteen in four years—before the program was revamped with only three annual awards and none for children's books.[18]

Children's Books winners and finalists, 1980 to 1983
Year Category Author Title Result Ref.
1980 Hardcover Joan Blos A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830–82 Winner [19]
David Kherdian The Road from Home Finalist
E. L. Konigsburg Throwing Shadows
Ouida Sebestyen Words by Heart
Paperback Madeleine L'Engle A Swiftly Tilting Planet Winner [19]
Myron Levoy Alan and Naomi Finalist
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad Are Friends
Maurice Sendak Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life
Katherine Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins
1981 Fiction, hardcover Betsy Byars The Night Swimmers Winner [20]
Paula Fox A Place Apart Finalist
Ouida Sebestyen Far From Home
Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved
Jan Slepian The Alfred Summer
Fiction, paperback Beverly Cleary Ramona and Her Mother Winner [20]
Sue Ellen Bridgers All Together Now Finalist
S. E. Hinton Tex
Lloyd Alexander The High King
Ellen Raskin The Westing Game
Nonfiction Alison Cragin Herzig and Jane Lawrence Mali Oh, Boy! Babies Winner [20]
Milton Meltzer All Time, All Peoples: A World History of Slavery Finalist
Peter Spier People
William Jaspersohn The Ballpark
Jean Fritz Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?
1982 Fiction, hardcover Lloyd Alexander Westmark Winner [21]
Cynthia Voigt Homecoming Finalist
Mildred D. Taylor Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Deborah Hautzig Second Star to the Right
Fiction, paperback Ouida Sebestyen Words by Heart Winner [21]
Katherine Paterson Jacob Have I Loved Finalist
Katherine Paterson The Master Puppeteer
Lloyd Alexander The Wizard in the Tree
Nonfiction Susan Bonners A Penguin Year Winner [21]
Melvin B. Zisfein with Robert Parker (illus.) ' Flight: A Panorama of Aviation Finalist
Patricia Lauber with James Wexler (photos) Seeds: Pop, Stick and Glide
James Howe with Mal Warshaw (photos) The Hospital Book
Jean Fritz Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
1983 Fiction, hardcover[b] Jean Fritz Homesick: My Own Story Winner [22]
Zibby Oneal A Formal Feeling Finalist
Virginia Hamilton Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
Lloyd Alexander The Kestrel
Edward Fenton The Refugee Summer
Fiction, paperback Paula Fox A Place Apart Winner (tie) [22]
Joyce Carol Thomas Marked by Fire (original)[c]
Lois Lowry Anastasia Again! Finalist
Sue Ellen Bridgers Notes for Another Life
Judy Blume Tiger Eyes
Nonfiction James Cross Giblin Chimney Sweeps Winner [22]
Patricia Lauber Journey to the Planets Finalist
John Nance Lobo of the Tasaday
Linda Grant DePauw Seafaring Women
Judith St. George The Brooklyn Bridge
Picture books, hardcover William Steig Doctor De Soto Winner (tie) [22]
Barbara Cooney Miss Rumphius
Marcia Brown (Illus.) Shadow (translation of a poem by Blaise Cendrars) Finalist
Karla Kuskin and Marc Simont (illus.) The Philharmonic Gets Dressed
Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode (illus.) When I Was Young in the Mountains
Picture books, paper Mary Ann Hoberman with Betty Fraser (illus.) A House is a House for Me Winner [22]
Peter Koeppen (Illus.) A Swinger of Birches (poems by Robert Frost) Finalist
Steven Kellogg Pinkerton, Behave!
Edward Marshall Space Case
Ellen Shire The Bungling Ballerinas (original)

Young People's Literature, 1996 to date[edit]

From 1984 to 1995, the National Book Foundation did not present awards for young people's literature.[23]

Young People's Literature, 1996 to date
Year Author Title Result Ref.
1996 Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven, Mi Vida Winner [24]
Nancy Farmer A Girl Named Disaster Finalist
Han Nolan Send Me Down a Miracle
Helen Kim The Long Season of Rain
Carolyn Coman What Jamie Saw
1997 Han Nolan Dancing on the Edge Winner [25]
Tor Seidler Mean Margaret Finalist
Adele Griffin Sons of Liberty
Brock Cole The Facts Speak for Themselves
Mary Ann McGuigan Where You Belong
1998 Louis Sachar Holes Winner [26]
Richard Peck A Long Way from Chicago Finalist
Jack Gantos Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Anita Lobel No Pretty Pictures
Ann Cameron The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
1999 Kimberly Willis Holt When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Winner [27]
Walter Dean Myers Monster Finalist
Laurie Halse Anderson Speak
Louise Erdrich The Birchbark House
Polly Horvath The Trolls
2000 Gloria Whelan Homeless Bird Winner [28]
Adam Bagdasarian Forgotten Fire Finalist
Jerry Stanley Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California
Carolyn Coman Many Stones
Michael Cadnum The Book of the Lion
2001 Virginia Euwer Wolff True Believer Winner [29]
Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems Finalist
An Na A Step From Heaven
Kate DiCamillo The Tiger Rising
Phillip Hoose We Were There Too! Young People in U.S. History
2002 Nancy Farmer The House of the Scorpion Winner [30]
Naomi Shihab Nye 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East Finalist
M. T. Anderson Feed
Jacqueline Woodson Hush
Elizabeth Partridge This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
2003 Polly Horvath The Canning Season Winner [31]
Jim Murphy An American Plague: The Time and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (about the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793) Finalist
Paul Fleischman Breakout
Jacqueline Woodson Locomotion
Richard Peck The River Between Us
2004 Pete Hautman Godless Winner [32]
Laban Carrick Hill Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (about the Harlem Renaissance) Finalist
Deb Caletti Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Julie Anne Peters Luna: A Novel
Shelia P. Moses The Legend of Buddy Bush
2005 Jeanne Birdsall The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Winner [33]
Walter Dean Myers Autobiography of My Dead Brother
Deborah Wiles Each Little Bird That Sings
Chris Lynch Inexcusable
Adele Griffin Where I Want to Be
2006 M. T. Anderson The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Winner [34]
Gene Luen Yang American Born Chinese Finalist
Martine Leavitt Keturah and Lord Death
Patricia McCormick Sold
Nancy Werlin The Rules of Survival
2007 Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Winner [35]
Kathleen Duey Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic Finalist
Sara Zarr Story of a Girl
Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret
M. Sindy Felin Touching Snow
2008 Judy Blundell What I Saw and How I Lied Winner [36]
Laurie Halse Anderson Chains Finalist
E. Lockhart The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Tim Tharp The Spectacular Now
Kathi Appelt The Underneath
2009 Phillip Hoose Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Winner [37]
Deborah Heiligman Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith Finalist
Rita Williams-Garcia Jumped
Laini Taylor Lips Touch, Three Times
David Small Stitches
2010 Kathryn Erskine Mockingbird Winner [38]
Laura McNeal Dark Water Finalist
Walter Dean Myers Lockdown
Rita Williams-Garcia One Crazy Summer
Paolo Bacigalupi Ship Breaker
2011 Thanhha Lai Inside Out & Back Again Winner [39]
Franny Billingsley Chime Finalist
Albert Marrin Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy (about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire)
Debby Dahl Edwardson My Name Is Not Easy
Gary Schmidt Okay for Now
2012 William Alexander Goblin Secrets Winner [40][41][42]
Steve Sheinkin Bomb: The Race to Build―and Steal―the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Finalist [42]
Eliot Schrefer Endangered
Patricia McCormick Never Fall Down
Carrie Arcos Out of Reach
2013 Cynthia Kadohata The Thing About Luck Winner [43][42]
Gene Luen Yang Boxers and Saints Finalist [44][42]
Tom McNeal Far Far Away
Meg Rosoff Picture Me Gone
Kathi Appelt The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
2014 Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming Winner [45][46]
John Corey Whaley Noggin Finalist [47][45]
Deborah Wiles Revolution
Steve Sheinkin The Port Chicago 50
Eliot Schrefer Threatened
2015 Neal Shusterman Challenger Deep Winner [48]
Laura Ruby Bone Gap Finalist
Steve Sheinkin Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
ND Stevenson Nimona
Ali Benjamin The Thing About Jellyfish
2016 John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin March: Book Three Winner [49]
Jason Reynolds Ghost Finalist
Kate DiCamillo Raymie Nightingale
Nicola Yoon The Sun Is Also a Star
Grace Lin When the Sea Turned to Silver
2017 Robin Benway Far from the Tree Winner [50]
Ibi Zoboi American Street Finalist
Rita Williams-Garcia Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Erika L. Sánchez I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Elana K. Arnold What Girls Are Made Of
2018 Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X Winner [51]
Jarrett J. Krosoczka Hey, Kiddo Finalist [52][51]
M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Christopher Paul Curtis The Journey of Little Charlie
Leslie Connor The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
2019 Martin W. Sandler 1919 The Year That Changed America Winner [53][54]
Jason Reynolds Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Finalist
Randy Ribay Patron Saints of Nothing
Akwaeke Emezi Pet
Laura Ruby Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
2020 Kacen Callender King and the Dragonflies Winner [55]
Candice Iloh Every Body Looking Finalist [56][55]
Gavriel Savit The Way Back
Traci Chee We Are Not Free
Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed When Stars Are Scattered
2021 Malinda Lo Last Night at the Telegraph Club Winner [57]
Amber McBride Me (Moth) Finalist
Kekla Magoon Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People
Shing Yin Khora The Legend of Auntie Po
Kyle Lukoff Too Bright to See

Authors with two awards[edit]

See Winners of multiple U.S. National Book Awards

Two authors have won two Children's or Young People's awards twice.

  • Lloyd Alexander won for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian (1971) and Westmark (1982), among six titles that were finalists.
  • Katherine Paterson won for The Master Puppeteer (1977) and The Great Gilly Hopkins (1979), among three titles that were finalists.

Isaac Bashevis Singer won the Children's Literature award in 1970 for A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing up in Warsaw and shared the Fiction award in 1974 for A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Beginning 2005, the official annual webpages (see References) provide more information: the panelists in each award category, the publisher of each finalist, some audio-visual interviews with authors, etc. For 1996 to date, annual webpages generally provide transcripts of acceptance speeches by winning authors.
  2. ^ The 1983 panels split three awards, including two in the five Children's categories. Split awards have been prohibited continuously from 1984 (the same reform that eliminated the Children's categories).
  3. ^ Books marked "original" may have been paperback reprints during the same calendar year as their hardcover first editions, whence "original" is a misnomer. "Original" books were not eligible for any previous National Book Award, however, as all were first published during the calendar year preceding the award year.

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