Today is one of my favorite days of the year….the announcement of the National Book Award nominees! I love the NBA because the nominees are always so varied and sometimes seem to come out of nowhere. But the books are always amazing, and I love being introduced to new authors and books.
This year, the judges for the Young People’s Literature category are:
2010 National Book Awards Young Peoples Literature:
Paolo Bacigalupi, “Ship Breaker”
Kathryn Erskine, “Mockingbird”
Laura McNeal, “Dark Water”
Walter Dean Myers, “Lockdown”
Rita Williams-Garcia, “One Crazy Summer”
Great books! Definitely trending a bit younger than last year. I would consider a lot of the nominees to be on the upper-end of middle grade, whereas as last year’s nominees trended more YA. I have got to get a copy of Shipbreaker, though! It’s been on my “must-read” list for a while and this will be my impetus to get it.