National Book Award List for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been awarded by the National Book Foundation since 1996. These books deal with important themes and are written with literary skill. A person of any age will find these books meaningful and relevant comments on life. Young readers will be challenged to consider important topics and will relate to characters grappling with familiar feelings and challenges.  [Book links on this page will open a separate window for the book on Amazon; author links will open a separate window in the author’s website.]

2016 Winner  —  March: Book Three by John Lewis and Nate Powell

Other Finalists

  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

2015 Winner  —  Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Other Finalists

  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

2014 Winner  —  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Other Finalists

  • Threatened by Elilot Schrefer
  • The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Revolution by Deborah Wiles

2013 Winner  —  The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Other Finalists

  • The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
  • Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

2012 Winner  —  Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Other Finalists

  • Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
  • Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  • Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

2011 Winner  —  Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Other Finalists

  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
  • Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
  • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

2010 Winner  —  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Other Finalists

  • Dark Water by Laura McNeal
  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

2009 Winner  —  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Other Finalists

  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
  • Stitches by David Small
  • Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
  • Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

2008 Winner  —  What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Other Finalists

  • Chains by Laurie by Halse Anderson
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

2007 Winner  —  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 Other Finalists

  • Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One by Kathleen Duey
  • Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

2006 Winner  —  The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson

Other Finalists

  • Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
  • Sold by Patricia McCormick
  • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

2005 Winner  —  The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Other Finalists

 2004 Winner  —  Godless by Pete Hautman

Other Finalists

  • Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
  • Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill
  • The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses
  • Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters

2003 Winner  —  The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

Other Finalists

  • Breakout by Paul Fleischman
  • An American Plague: The Time and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
  • The River Between Us by Richard Peck
  • Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

2002 Winner  —  The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Other Finalists

  • Feed by M. T. Anderson
  • 19 Varieties of Gazells: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihabe Nye
  • This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth Partridge
  • Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

2001 Winner  —  True Believer (Make Lemonade, Book 2) by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Other Finalists

  • The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
  • We Were There Too! Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose
  • A Step from Heaven by An Na
  • Carver: A Life of Poems by Marilyn Nelson

2000 Winner  —  Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Other Finalists

  • Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
  • The Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum
  • Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
  • Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California by Jerry Stanley

1999 Winner  —  When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Other Finalists

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Trolls by Polly Horvath
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

1998 Winner  —  Holes by Louis Sachar

Other Finalists

  • The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
  • No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War by Anita Lobel
  • A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories by Richard Peck

1997 Winner  —  Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan

Other Finalists

  • The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole
  • Sons of Liberty by Adele Griffin
  • Where You Belong by Mary Ann McGuigan
  • Mean Margaret by Tor Seidler

1996 Winner  —  Parrot in the Oven: Mi vida by Victor Martinez

Other Finalists

  • What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • The Long Season of Rain by Helen Kim
  • Send Me Down a Miracle by Han Nolan

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