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: