The National Book Awards Announces the Longlist for Young People's Literature

Sarah Harrison Smith on September 12, 2018
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NBALonglist.pngThis 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!


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Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)

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M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Candlewick Press)

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Bryan Bliss, We’ll Fly Away (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins Publishers)

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Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers)

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Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie (Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.)

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo (Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.)

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Tahereh Mafi, A Very Large Expanse of Sea (HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers)

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Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint (Dutton Children’s Books / Penguin Random House)

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Elizabeth Partridge, Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam (Viking Children’s Books / Penguin Random House)

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Vesper Stamper, What the Night Sings (Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House)


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