The National Book Award folks are, once again, rolling out the long lists for their November award, one list a day, all week long. First up is the long list for Young People's Literature, and there is Kate DiCamillo, as you might have expected, for "Raymie Nightingale," her poignant novel about three friends in Florida, the book she called, in an interview with the Star Tribune, the "one true story of her heart."
DiCamillo's "Flora & Ulysses: The Illustrated Adventures," was longlisted in 2013, and she was a finalist in 2001 for "The Tiger Rising." She has twice won the Newbery medal.
Also on the list is "Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story," written by Minneapolis author Caren Stelson and published by Minneapolis's Carolrhoda Books.
Finalists will be announced on Oct. 13, and the winners of the National Book Award will be announced at a gala ceremony in November.
Tuesday the longlist for poetry will be announced, Wednesday the list for nonfiction, and Thursday for fiction. So watch this space!
2016 Longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature:
Kwame Alexander, Booked (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick Press)
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist) March: Book Three (Top Shelf)
Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Anna-Marie McLemore, When the Moon Was Ours (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press)
Meg Medina, Burn Baby Burn (Candlewick Press)
Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen (Illustrator), Pax (Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins)
Jason Reynolds, Ghost (Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Caren Stelson, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story (Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing Group)
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star (Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House)