“The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and the enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.” Source
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for young people’s literature.
The finalist for the award include:
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
The books on the longlist include:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaase
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
You can find the history of the award and the past winners and finalist here.