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    The 2020 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature longlist includes many newcomers.

    Rasheeda Saka

    September 16, 2020, 10:15am

    ‘Tis the season for book awards! Today, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The National Book Awards, created in 1950, is the most prestigious literary prize in the United States, rewarding quality and cogent writing. Publishers submitted over 300 books for consideration, and the longlist below includes a diverse range of texts that grapple with a range of complex themes such as grief, race, history, gender, and identity.

    The finalists will be revealed on October 6th, and the winners will be announced live at the virtual National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18th.


    2020 Longlist for the National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature

    Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies

    Traci Chee, We Are Not Free

    Evette Dionne, Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box

    Eric Gansworth, Apple (Skin to the Core)

    Candice Iloh, Every Body Looking

    Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, When Stars are Scattered

    Marcella Pixley, Trowbridge Road

    John Rocco, How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure

    Gavriel Savit, The Way Back

    Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys



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