2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature – Longlist Announcement
Borrowed by Linda Tripp, collection development librarian
The National Book Foundation recently revealed the longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Some 296 books were submitted for the award, and 10 titles were selected as contenders. This list will be further narrowed down to five finalists on October 4, with the winning book announced at the National Book Awards ceremony on November 16.
The titles on the 2022 longlist “address gender and sexuality, racism and xenophobia, and self-esteem and self-acceptance. The stories are set everywhere from Lahore, Pakistan to small towns and big cities across the United States; and in two fantastical villages, one filled with tricksters and demon hunters and another with dragons and ogres.” Discover more about the nominated books on the awards website, including which author was named a finalist a few years ago, and which previously appeared on the longlist.
Here are the 10 titles to read if you want to attempt to predict the winning title before the November announcement:
- “The Ogress and the Orphans” by Kelly Barnhill
- “The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen” by Isaac Blum
- “A Thousand Steps into Night” by Traci Chee
- “Swim Team” by Johnnie Christmas
- “Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix” by Anna-Marie McLemore
- “The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School” by Sonora Reyes
- “Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice” by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile
- “All My Rage” by Sabaa Tahir
- “Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution” by Sherri Winston
- “Maizy Chen’s Last Chance” by Lisa Yee