This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for its 2018 award for Young People’s Literature.
The ten contenders include one book by an author who has won previously (M.T. Anderson) and two books in verse (Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and Blood Water Paint, by Joy McCullough). Blood Water Paint is one of two debut novels on the list, along with Vesper Stamper’s What the Night Sings.
The shortlist of finalists will be revealed on October 10; the winner will be announced at the National Book Awards ceremony and dinner in New York on November 14.
In the meantime: Congratulations to the authors whose books are on the longlist, and to the editors and publishers who had the vision to bring them to the public!