Today I am focusing on the National Book Award, specifically the category of Young People's Literature. But first let me tell you a little bit about the National Book Award. The National Book Award has been around since 1950 and the mission of this organization is to "celebrate the best of American Literature." The award has four different categories and a winner is chosen from each one. The categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature.

The National Book Award committees announced their longlists on September 17th. The longlists are comprised of ten books in each category and the top five finalists in each category will be announced on October 14th. The winner for each category will be awarded on November 18th at the National Book Awards Ceremony.

As a youth services librarian, I look forward to the Young People's Literature longlist because it helps me select stellar books to read and suggest to the kids and teens that I serve. The other longlists are a great resource for adult readers who are looking for the best of the best in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The books on the Young People's Literature list consist of both fiction and nonfiction and are geared to middle grade graders and teens. All of these titles are available through the Kitsap Regional Library system. Some of these titles have not hit our shelves yet, but you are able to find them in the catalog and place a hold. You are also welcome to call or come into any of our locations and we can place the holds for you. The Young People's Literature longlist consists of the following titles:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Gr 8 Up

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson, Gr 9 Up

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, Gr 4-7

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, Gr 6 Up

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen, Gr 5 and Up

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, Gr 10 Up

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, Gr 8 Up

Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin, Gr 7 Up

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, Gr 9 Up

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Gr 7 Up

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