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Instructional Media Center: National Book Award


Since 1950, the National Book Award, under the auspices of the National Book Foundation, has been awarding literary prizes to American authors. The first children’s book award has undergone several name changes but since 1996, the category has been called the “Young People’s Literature” award.

Below you will find the the Winners, Finalists and Longlist titles.


2016 March: Book three -- Lewis 323.1 L587mth

2015 Challenger deep -- Shusterman F Sh935c

2014 Brown girl dreaming -- Woodson F W868b

2013 The thing about luck -- Kadohata F K126t

2012 Goblin secrets -- Alexander F Al27g

2011  Inside and out& back again -- Lai F L14i

2010 Mockingbird -- Erskine F Er85m

2009 Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice -- Hoose B C725H

2008 What I saw and how I lied -- Blundell F B628w

2007 The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian -- Alexie F A128a

2006 The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing: traitor to the nation. Volume I. The pox party -- Anderson

2005 The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy -- Birdsall F B532p

2004 Godless -- Hautman

2003 The canning season -- Horvath F H790c

2002 The house of the scorpion -- Farmer

2001 True Believer -- Wolff

2000 Homeless bird -- Whelan F W572h

1999 When Zachary Beaver came to town -- Holt F H742w

1998 Holes -- Sachar F Sa135h

1997 Dancing on the edge -- Nolan

1996 Parrot in the oven: mi vida -- Martinez F M366p

1995-1984  No Awards Given


Nonfiction Chimney Sweeps -- Giblin 331.7 G355c

Fiction, hardcover Homesick: my own story -- Fritz

     Fiction, paper A place apart -- Fox F F833p

                          Marked by fire -- Thomas

Picture Books, hard Miss Rumphius -- Cooney E C873m

Doctor De Soto -- Steig E St33d

     Picture Books, paper A house is a house for me -- Hoberman


Nonfiction A penguin year -- Bonners 598 B643p

Fiction, hardcover Westmark -- Alexander F Al27we

      Fiction, paper Words -- Sebestyen F Se21w

Picture Books, hard Outside over there -- Sendak E Se55ou

     Picture Books, paper Noah's ark -- Spier 221.9 R327w


Nonfiction Oh, boy! Babies -- Herzig

Fiction, hardcover The night swimmers -- Byars F B989n

     Fiction, paper Ramona and her mother -- Cleary F C585rm


Fiction, hardcover A gathering of days: a New England girl's journal, 1830-82 -- Blos F B623g

     Fiction, paper A swiftly tilting planet -- L'Engle F L547s

1979 The great Gilly Hopkins -- Paterson F P273g

1978 The view from the oak: the private worlds of other creatures -- Kohl

1977 The master puppeteer -- Paterson F P273m

1976 Bert Breen's barn -- Edmonds  F Ed58bb

1975 M. C. Higgins the Great -- Hamilton

1974 The court of the stone children -- Cameron F C145c

1973 The farthest shore -- Le Guin F L525f

1972 The slightly irregular fire engine or the hithering thithering djinn -- Barthelme E B282s

1971 The marvelous misadventures of Sebastian -- Alexander F Al27m

1970 A day of pleasure: stories of a boy growing up in Warsaw -- Singer B Si64d

1969 Journey from Peppermint Street -- DeJong F D369j

Finalists, 2016 - 2000

2016 Raymie Nightingale -- DiCamillo

When the sea turned to silver -- Lin

Ghost -- Reynolds F R335

The sun is also a star -- Yoon F Y81s

2015 The thing about jellyfish -- Benjamin F B438t

Bone gap -- Ruby F R827bo

Most dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the secret history of the Vietnam War -- Sheinkin 959.7043 Sh42m

Nimona -- Stevenson F St486n

2014 Threatened -- Schrefer F Sch71t

The Port Chicago 50: diaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights -- Sheinkin F Sh42p

Noggin -- Whaley F W553n

Revolution -- Wiles F W647r [The sixties trilogy, book two]

2013 The true blue scouts of Sugar Man Swamp -- Appelt F Ap48t

A tangle of knots -- Graff F G757t

The summer prince -- Johnson F J6312a

Two boys kissing -- Levithan F L5784t

The real boy -- Ursu F Ur8r

2012 Out of reach -- Arcos F Ar27o

Never fall down -- McCormick F M137n

Endangered -- Schrefer F Sch71e

Bomb: the race to build--and steal--the world's most dangerous weapon -- Sheinkin F Sh42b

2011 Chime -- Billingsley 

My name is not easy -- Edwardson

Okay for now -- Schmidt F Sch53o

2010 Ship breaker -- Bacigalupi F B125s

Dark water -- McNeal F M2325d

Lockdown -- Myers F M992l

One crazy summer -- Williams-Garcia F W6765o

2009 Charles an Emma: the Darwins' leap of faith -- B D258H

Stitches -- Small B Sm197s

Lips touch: three times -- Taylor F T215l

Jumped -- Williams-Garcia F W672j

2008 Chains -- Anderson F An239c

The underneath -- Appelt F Ap48u

The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks F L811d

The spectacular now -- Tharp F T3295s

2007 Skin hunger -- Duey F D868s

Touching snow -- Felin F F335t

The invention of Hugo Cabret F Se49i

Story of a Girl -- Zarr F Z195s

2006 Keturah and Lord Death -- Leavitt F L489k

Sold -- McCormick F M138s

The rules of survival -- Werlin F W494r

American born Chinese -- Yang F Y16a

2005 Where I want to be -- Griffin F G8735w

Inexcusable -- Lynch F L99in

Autobiography of my dead brother -- Myers F M992a

Each little bird that sings -- Wiles F W647e

2004 Honey, Baby, Sweetheart -- Caletti

Harlem stomp!: a cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance -- Hill 810.9 H55h

The legend of Buddy Bush -- Moses

Luna: a novel -- Peters

2003 Breakout -- Fleischman F F6281br

An American plague: the time and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 -- Murphy

The river between us -- F P335ri

Locomotion -- Woodson 808.1 W868l

2002 Feed -- Anderson F An244f

19 varieties of gazelle: poems of the Middle East -- Nye 808.1 N985v

This land was made for you and me: the life and songs of Woody Guthrie -- Partridge B G784p

Hush -- Woodson F W868h

2001 The tiger rising -- DiCamillo F D546t

We were there too!: young people in U.S. history -- Hoose 973 H769w

A step from heaven -- Na F N11a

Carver: a life in poems -- Nelson 808.1 N335c

2000 Forgotten fire -- Bagdasarian F B145f

The book of the lion -- Cadnum

Many stones -- Coman

Hurry freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California -- Stanley

Finalists, 1999 - 1969

1999 Speak -- Anderson F An239s

The birchbark house -- Erdrich

The trolls -- Horvath

Monster -- Myers F M992mon

1998 The secret life of Amanda K. Woods

Joey Pigza swallowed the key -- Gantos F G158js

No pretty pictures: a child of war -- B L783n

1997 The facts speak for themselves -- Cole

Sons of Liberty -- Griffin

Where you belong -- McGuigan

Mean Margaret -- Seidler

1996 What Jamie saw -- Coman F C73w

A girl named Disaster -- F F2297g

The long season of rain -- Kim

Send me down a miracle -- Nolan

1995-1984 No Awards Given


Nonfiction Seafaraing women -- De Pauw 910 D44s
Journey to the planets --

Lobo of the Tasaday -- Nance

Brooklyn Bridge -- St. George

Fiction, hardcover The kestre -- Alexander F Al27k

The refugee summer -- Fenton F F367r

Sweet whispers, Brother Rush -- Hamilton F H18s

A formal feeling -- F On1f

     Fiction, paper Tiger eyes -- Blume F B625ti

     Notes for another life -- Bridgers

     Anastasia again! -- Lowry F L995a                          

Picture Books, hard Shadow -- 808.1 C333s

The philharmonic gets dressed -- Simont E K968p

When I was young in the mountains -- Rylant E R983w

     Picture Books, paper Pinkerton, behave! -- Kellog

     A swinger of birches -- Frost

    Space case -- Marshall

    The bungling ballerinas -- Shire    


Nonfiction Traitor: the case of Benedict Arnold -- Fritz B Ar64F

The hospital book -- Howe 362.1 H838h

Seeds: pop, stick and glide -- Lauber

Flight: a panorama of aviation -- Zisfein 629.13 Z69f

Fiction, hardcover Ramona Quimby -- Cleary F C58rg

Second star to the right -- Hautzig F H2975s

Let the circle be unbroken -- Taylor F T2165i

Homecoming -- Voigt F V871h

Picture Books, hard The wizard in the tree -- Alexander F Al27wi

Jacob have I loved -- Paterson -- F P273j

The master puppeteer -- Paterson -- F P273m

Picture Books, paper Jambo means hello: Swahili alphabet book -- Feelings 967 F321j

The fledgling -- Langton F L269f

A peaceable kingdom: the Shaker abecedarius -- Provensen 808.1 P313p

The angry moon -- Sleator 398.798 Sl22a

Stanley and Rhoda -- Wells E W462sr


Nonfiction Where do you think you're going, Christopher Columbus? -- Fritz

The ballpark -- Jaspersohn

All time, all peoples: a world history of slavery -- Meltzer

People -- Spier 155.2 Sp449

Fiction, hardcover A place apart -- Fox F F833pa

Jacob have I loved -- Paterson F P273j

Far from home -- Sebestyen

The Alfred Summer -- Slepian F Sl27a

      Fiction, paperback Ramona and her mother -- Cleary F C585rm

      The high king -- Alexander F Al27hi

      All together now -- Bridgers

      Tex -- Hinton F H59te

      The westing game -- Raskin F R173w


Hardcover The road from home -- Kherdian  B K528k

Throwing shadows -- Konigsburg  F K837t

Words by heart -- Sebestyen -- F Se21w

     Picture Books, paper Alan and Naomi -- Levoy

     Frog and Toad are friends -- Lobel E L783f

     The great Gilly Hopkins -- Paterson F P273g

     Higglety pigglety pop!: or there must be more to life -- Sendak F Se56h

Finalists, 1980 - 1969

1979 The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha -- Alexander F Al27f

 Queen of hearts -- Cleaver F C582q

Humbug Mountain -- Sid Fleischman F F6282hu

The little swineherd and other tales -- Fox

1978 Hew against the grain -- Cummings

Michling, second degree -- Koehn

One at a time -- McCord

Caleb + Kate -- Steig E St33c

1977 Never to forget: the Jews of the Holocaust

Ox under pressure -- Ney

Roll of thunder, hear my cry -- Taylor F T2165r

Tunes for a small harmonica -- Wersba F W497b

1976 To the green mountains -- Cameron F C145tg

As I was crossing Boston Common -- Faber E F221a

Of love and death and other journeys -- Holland F H719o

The star in the pail -- McCord 808.1 M137s

El Bronx remembered -- Mohr F M726e

Ludell -- Wilkinson F W659l

1975 The Devil's storybook -- Babbit F B113d

Doctor in the zoo -- Buchenholz

I tell a lie every so often -- Clements F C59i

My brother Sam is dead -- Collier F C69m

Joi Bangla!: the children of Bangladesh -- Laure 954.9 L373j

World of our fathers -- Meltzer

Remember the days -- Meltzer 325.40 M496r

Wings -- Richard

The edge of next year -- Stolz F St69e

1974 A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich -- Childress

The whys and wherefores of Littabelle Lee -- Cleaver F C582ww

The treasure is the rose -- Cunningham

Summer of my German soldier -- Greene

Guests in the promised land -- Hunter

A proud taste for scarlet and miniver -- Konigsburg F K837p

A figure of speech -- Mazer F M457f

Poor Richard in France -- Monjo F M749p

Duffy and the devil -- Zemach 398.42 Z4d

1973 The house of wings -- Byars F B99h
D'Aulaires' Trolls -- D'Aulaire 398.481 Au51t

Julie of the wolves -- George F G292j

Children of Vietnam -- Lifton

The impossible people -- McHargue 398 M181i

The witches of worm -- Snyder F Sn92w

Dominic -- Steig F St33do

1972 No Other Finalists

1971 Grover -- Cleaver F C582g

Blowfish live in the sea -- Fox F F833b

Frog and Toad are friends -- Lobel E L783f

The trumpet of the swan -- White F W583t

1970 Where the lilies bloom -- Cleaver F C582w

Popcorn and Ma Goodness -- Preston

Sylvester and the magic pebble -- Steig E St33s

1969 The high king -- Alexander F Al27hi

Constance: a story of early Plymouth -- Clapp F C537

The endless steppe -- Hautzig B H298E

Langston Hughes: a biography -- Meltzer B H784M


2016 Booked -- Alexander

When the moon was ours -- McLemore F M224wh

Burn baby burn -- Medina

Pax -- Pennypacker

Sachiko: a Nagasaki bomb survivor's story -- Stelson B Ya26S

2015 Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda -- Albertalli F Al14s

Symphony for the city of the dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad -- Anderson 780.92 An244s

Walk on earth a stranger -- Carson F C239w

This side of wild: mutts, mares, and laughing dinosaurs -- Paulsen F P285t

X: a novel -- Shabazz F Sh11x

2014 The impossible knife of memory -- Anderson F An239i

Girls like us -- Giles F G391g

Skink--no surrender -- Hiaasen F H52sk

Greenglass house -- Milford F M598g

100 sideways miles -- Smith F Sm51on

2013 Flora and Ulysses: the illuminated adventures -- DiCamillo F D546f

A tangle of knots -- Graff F G757t

The summer prince -- Johnson F J6312a

Two boys kissing -- Levithan F L5784t

The real boy -- Ursu F Ur8r