February 24, 2018

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SLJ Chats with National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold

Check out SLJ’s Facebook Live chat with National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.

Most Popular 2015 Articles of “SLJTeen”

Your clicks have spoken! The following are the top 10 pieces that ran in the SLJTeen newsletter this year.

Interview: Noelle Stevenson on Webcomics, Fan Art, and “Nimona”

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blog editor Brigid Alverson chats with award-winning comics creator Noelle Stevenson, whose graphic novel Nimona was a National Book Award finalist and an SLJ Best Book of 2015.

Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

Neal Shusterman Takes NBA Prize for “Challenger Deep”

“I hope that ‘Challenger Deep’ will open up a dialogue about mental illness and [help it] lose its stigma,” Neal Shusterman said while accepting the National Book Award. The novel was inspired by his son Brendan’s experience with schizoaffective disorder.

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

Jacqueline Woodson and Ursula K. Le Guin Shine at the National Book Awards Ceremony

Highlights of the National Book Awards ceremony on November 19 included speeches by Young People’s Literature Winner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Distinguished Contribution to American Letters medalist, Ursula K. Le Guin.

Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ Wins 2014 National Book Award

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming takes the top prize at the 2014 National Book Awards. Finalists in the young people’s literature category include Eliot Schrefer’s Threatened, Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50 , John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, and Deborah Wiles’s Revolution.

Cynthia Kadohata’s ‘Thing About Luck’ Wins National Book Award for Kid Lit

Last night, Cynthia Kadohata scored the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category for her novel The Thing About Luck. About 700 members of America’s literati packed New York City’s Cipriani Ballroom for the gala ceremony, which featured remarks by E.L. Doctorow as well as Toni Morrison, who presented the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou.