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 December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. Check out our list of children's and young adult books that were recent winners or finalists, with the most recent listed at the top of the list.

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King and the Dragonflies Book Poster Image
Beautifully told coming-of-age tale full of grief and hope.
By Kacen Callender
(2020)
(2020)
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When Stars Are Scattered Book Poster Image
Uplifting graphic novel refugee tale inspires compassion.
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
(2020)
(2020)
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The Way Back Book Poster Image
Dark, complex, wise fantasy is steeped in Jewish folklore.
By Gavriel Savit
(2020)
(2020)
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We Are Not Free Book Poster Image
Powerful tale of Japanese American resilience during WWII.
By Traci Chee
(2020)
(2020)
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Every Body Looking Book Poster Image
Teen explores identities in brave novel in verse.
By Candice Iloh
(2020)
(2020)
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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Book Poster Image
Moving, interwoven stories of Black middle schoolers.
By Jason Reynolds
(2019)
(2019)
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1919 The Year That Changed America Book Poster Image
Riveting tale of racial, labor protests, women's vote, more.
By Martin W. Sandler
(2019)
(2019)
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Pet Book Poster Image
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Girl hunts for a monster in strange, beautiful fantasy.
By Akwaeke Emezi
(2019)
(2019)
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Patron Saints of Nothing Book Poster Image
Heartrending tale explores grief, Philippines' war on drugs.
By Randy Ribay
(2019)
(2019)
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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All Book Poster Image
Haunting and unforgettable novel of love, loss, and hope.
By Laura Ruby
(2019)
(2019)
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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Book Poster Image
Riveting, poignant drama explores kindness, friendship.
By Leslie Connor
(2018)
(2018)
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The Journey of Little Charlie Book Poster Image
Tense, powerful novel of boy and slave catcher in 1858.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2018)
(2018)
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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge Book Poster Image
Funny, creepy tale of elf and goblin's uneasy friendship.
By M.T. Anderson
(2018)
(2018)
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The Poet X Book Poster Image
Powerful, haunting story of finding your voice and power.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2018)
(2018)
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Hey, Kiddo Book Poster Image
Big-hearted memoir of rocky childhood with addicted mom.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2018)
(2018)
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Book Poster Image
The blues and forgiveness fuel emotional family grief tale.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2017)
(2017)
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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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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Poster Image
Empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story.
By Erika L. Sanchez
(2017)
(2017)
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American Street Book Poster Image
Raw and gritty immigrant story best for mature teens.
By Ibi Zoboi
(2017)
(2017)
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When the Sea Turned to Silver Book Poster Image
Rich folklore-fantasy blend makes a great read-aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2016)
(2016)
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Ghost: Track, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Poignant, smart look at track star running from his past.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2016)
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Raymie Nightingale Book Poster Image
Tragedy, triumph, and wisdom in funny, heartfelt tween tale.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2016)
(2016)
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March: Book Three Book Poster Image
Uplifting finale to terrific series reveals tragic violence.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
(2016)
(2016)
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The Sun Is Also a Star Book Poster Image
Beautiful and philosophical love story is deeply moving.
By Nicola Yoon
(2016)
(2016)
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The Thing About Jellyfish Book Poster Image
Beautiful, grief-tinged, coming-of-age story has it all.
By Ali Benjamin
(2015)
(2015)
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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Book Poster Image
Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2015)
(2015)
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Nimona Book Poster Image
Brash shape-shifting hero soars in graphic-novel fantasy.
By Noelle Stevenson
(2015)
(2015)
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Bone Gap Book Poster Image
Beautiful tale of missing girl explores magic, love, loss.
By Laura Ruby
(2015)
(2015)
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Challenger Deep Book Poster Image
Sensitive tale of teen's descent into mental illness.
By Neal Shusterman
(2015)
(2015)
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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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