Article by Colin Dwyer

October, 2017

It began with more than 1,500 books.

With all the works submitted by publishers, the judges for this year’s National Book Awards have had their hands (and bookshelves) full the past few months. But that daunting number of contenders winnowed further Wednesday, as the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for its literary prize — just five works each in four categories: fictionnonfictionpoetry and young people’s literature.

Finalists for Young People’s Literature

Elana K. Arnold“What Girls Are Made Of”

Robin Benway“Far from the Tree”

Erika L. Sánchez“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Rita Williams-Garcia, “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground”

Ibi Zoboi“American Street”

Photo by CBS News This Morning

Book Finalists for the Young People’s Literature Awards, 2017. Photo: CBS News This Morning.


The finalists of the National Book Awards are chosen by a panel of five judges for each category. Their decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation’s staff and board of directors.

Read more about the other categories here…