NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 
FOR
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
1969-2003


POLLY HORVATH

The National Book Award for Young People's Literature is presented each year in November to recognize the outstanding contribution to children's literature. The Award carries a $10,000 cash prize and the award committee will consider books of all genres written for children and young adults by U.S. writers with an emphasis on literary merit. The Young People's category was added to the National Book Awards in 1996. A Children's Books category had previously existed in the National Book Award/American Book Awards program from 1969 to 1983. Nancy Farmer's 2002 award-winning book, The House of the Scorpion, is a futuristic story about a clone struggling to understand his existence.

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2003 Polly Horvath The Canning Season
2002 Nancy Farmer The House of the Scorpion
2001 Virginia Euwer Wolff True Believer
2000 Gloria Whelan Homeless Bird
1999 Kimberly Willis Holt When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
1998 Louis Sachar Holes
1997 Han Nolan Dancing on the Edge
1996 Victor Martinez Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vada

 

AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

1983 Jean Fritz Homesick: My Story (Hardcover Fiction)
1983 Joyce Carol Thomas Marked by Fire (Paperback Fiction)
1983 James Cross Giblin Chimney Sweeps (Nonfiction)
1983 William Steig Doctor De Soto (Hardcover Picture Book)
1983 Barbara Cooney Miss Rumphius (Hardcover Picture Book)
1983 Mary Ann Hoberman (Text), Betty Fraser (Illus.) A House Is a House for Me (Paperback Picture Book)
1982 Lloyd Alexander Westmark (Harcover Fiction)
1982 Ouida Sebestyen Words by Heart (Paperback Fiction) 
1982 Susan Bonners A Penguin Year (Nonfiction)
1982 Maurice Sendak Outside Over There (Hardcover Picture book)
1982 Peter Spier Noah's Ark (Paperback Picture Book)
1981 Betsy Byars The Night Swimmers (Harcover Fiction)
1981 Beverly Cleary Ramona and Her Mother (Paperback Fiction)
1981 Alison Cragin Herzig & Jane Lawrence Mali Oh, Boy! Babies (Nonfiction)

 

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

1979 Katherine Paterson The Great Gilly Hopkins
1978 Judith & Herbert Kohl The View from the Oak
1977 Katherine Paterson The Master Puppeteer
1976 Walter D. Edmonds Bert Breen's Barn
1975 Virginia Hamilton M. C. Higgins, the Great
1974 Eleanor Cameron The Court of the Stone Children
1973 Ursula Le Guin The Farthest Shore
1972 Donald Barthelme The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine
1971 Lloyd Alexander The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
1970 Isaac Bashevis Singer A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw
1969 Meindert DeJong Journey from Peppermint Street

 
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