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Here’s the longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Emily Temple

September 15, 2021, 10:15am

Today, the National Book Foundation announced their longlist for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. This year’s longlist includes books by two previous National Book Award longlisters, Kekla Magoon and Anna-Marie McLemore, as well as two novels in verse, and multiple books that investigate American history, race, gender, and family.

This year’s judges for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature are Pablo Cartaya, Traci Chee, Leslie Connor, Cathryn Mercier, and Ibi Zoboi. The finalists will be announced on October 5, and the winners will be honored at the 72nd National Book Awards Ceremony on November 17.

Here’s the longlist:

Safia Elhillo, Home Is Not a Country
(Make Me a World / Penguin Random House)

Shing Yin Khor, The Legend of Auntie Po
(Kokila / Penguin Random House)

Darcie Little Badger, A Snake Falls to Earth
(Levine Querido)

Malinda Lo, Last Night at the Telegraph Club
(Dutton Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)

Kyle Lukoff, Too Bright to See
(Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)

Kekla Magoon, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People
(Candlewick Press)

Amber McBride, Me (Moth)
(Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan Publishers)

Anna-Marie McLemore, The Mirror Season
(Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan Publishers)

Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Floyd Cooper, Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
(Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group)

Paula Yoo, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement
(Norton Young Readers / W. W. Norton & Company)

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