Follow This Blog: RSS feed
A Chair, A Fireplace & a Tea Cozy
Inside A Chair, A Fireplace & a Tea Cozy

National Book Award – Shortlist

The shortlist for the National Book Awards have been announced!

The Young People’s Literature list:

Kathi AppeltThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

Cynthia KadohataThe Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

Tom McNealFar Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House). My review.

Meg RosoffPicture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)

Gene Luen YangBoxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan). My review.


This short list came from an earlier long list, which, in addition to these five, had an additional five titles:

Kate DiCamilloFlora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)

Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)

Alaya Dawn JohnsonThe Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)

David LevithanTwo Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)

Anne UrsuThe Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)


Part of the reason I didn’t blog about the long list earlier is, well, I was a bit overwhelmed by it! So many titles that I hadn’t read and I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to read them all.

I will, though, try to read those on the shortlist that I haven’t read before.

Wish me luck! I have until November 20, the day the winner is announced!


About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. What is strange for me this year is that I read and loved all the titles, except one, that were cut from the long list. I haven’t read any of the books on the short list yet.

  2. Elizabeth Burns says

    Regina, I always feel like I’ve read so much and been smart about my reading, but then these lists come out and it feels like I’ve read nothing.

  3. Don’t feel bad, Liz. It seems like there are more middle grade this year than usual, so of course you wouldn’t have read them. Also, some are Fall titles, so you haven’t had as much time. Or so I’m telling myself.