2011 National Book Award: Young People’s Literature

The National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. There are prizes awarded in the categories fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. See all the winners here.

The winner of the Young People’s Literature award is:

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Watch the video below to see her acceptance speech.

The Young People’s Literature finalists are:

Chime by Franny Billingsley

My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

See the winner and finalists discuss their books at the 2011 NBA Teen Press Conference.