NBA Longlist Announced
While the October nominations are in progress, and continue through Saturday, just a quick note about the NBAs. The 2020 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced a while ago. Of the ten titles named, only two have been mentioned so far here on Heavy Medal: KING OF THE DRAGONFLIES (guest blogger post coming on Oct 9) and WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED. Six of the remaining eight are October or November publications, so most of us haven’t read them yet. Five of the eight are for teen readers, but from reviews at least, it seems like all or most of them could fit into the Newbery definition of children as “persons of ages up to and including fourteen.”
We shouldn’t expect the NBA’s to line-up with the Newbery, and they often don’t. The Newbery Committee must follow specific Terms and Criteria that the Committee; with the NBA, judges “develop their own criteria” each year. Since the Young People’s Literature category was reinstated in 1996, only one book (HOLES) has won both awards; four Newbery Honor books have also won the NBA. Have you read (or do you plan to read) any of the NBA Longlist titles? Are there any that we should be sure to include in our Mock-Newbery process?
Filed under: Book Discussion, Heavy Medal Mock
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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