National Book Award for Young People's Literature Winners, Finalists

Every November, the National Book Foundation's panel of judges awards the National Book Award to authors in several categories, including Young People's Literature. The judges consider books written by American citizens published in the United States by American publishers between Dec. 1 of the previous year and Nov. 30 of the current year. Check out our list of children's and young-adult books that were recent winners or finalists.

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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
(2012)
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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp Book Poster Image
Folksy novel sends environmentalist message.
By Kathi Appelt
(2013)
(2013)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Mockingbird Book Poster Image
Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
(2010)
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The Thing About Luck Book Poster Image
Migrant worker girl faces big responsibility in sweet story.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2013)
(2013)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Book Poster Image
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
(2012)
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Boxers & Saints Book Poster Image
Exciting graphic-novel set is powerful historical fiction.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
(2013)
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Chime Book Poster Image
Spellbinding romantic fantasy with feisty heroine, violence.
By Franny Billingsley
(2011)
(2011)
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Far Far Away Book Poster Image
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
(2013)
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My Name Is Not Easy Book Poster Image
Fascinating story of Alaskan kids growing up in the 1960s.
By Debby Dahl Edwardson
(2011)
(2011)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Far from the Tree Book Poster Image
Beautifully written story about finding your family.
By Robin Benway
(2017)
(2017)
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Picture Me Gone Book Poster Image
Missing-man mystery best for sophisticated teen readers.
By Meg Rosoff
(2013)
(2013)
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Ship Breaker Book Poster Image
Gripping but bloody dystopian tale will make teens think.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2010)
(2010)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
(2012)
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