Finalists Announced: 2019 National Book Awards

Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards were revealed in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature.

Finalists in five categories for the 2019 National Book Awards were announced today by the National Book Foundation.

In the Young People’s Literature category, the finalists are:

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Make Me a World / Penguin Random House

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Kokila / Penguin Random House

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 20, at the 70th National Book Awards ceremony, hosted by LeVar Burton, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

SLJ's Reviews of the 2019 National Book Award Finalists

Following is the complete list of finalists in all five categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature:



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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka is editor in chief of School Library Journal.

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