Longlist Revealed: 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Ten longlisted titles are all newcomers to the National Book Awards and include three debuts. 

The National Book Foundation has announced the Longlist for the 2020 National Book Award (NBA) for Young People’s Literature.

This year’s honorees, 10 in total, are comprised entirely of newcomers to the NBAs, states a release. Three are debut titles: Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh, Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.

The judges for Young People’s Literature are Joan Trygg (chair), Randy Ribay, Neal Shusterman, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Colleen AF Venable.

Finalists in all five NBA categories will be announced October 6. The winners will be revealed live at the virtual National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18.


[READ: SLJ's reviews of National Book Award longlisters]

The 2020 Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature: 

Kacen Callender, King and the Dragonflies

Traci Chee, We Are Not Free

Evette Dionne, Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box

Eric Gansworth, Apple (Skin to the Core)
Levine Querido

Candice Iloh, Every Body Looking

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, When Stars Are Scattered

Marcella Pixley, Trowbridge Road

John Rocco, How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure

Gavriel Savit, The Way Back

Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys
Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads




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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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