List of winners of the National Book Award - WikipediaThis list only includes the winners and finalists for the Young People's Literature category. View the complete list of National Book Award winners. On March 16, , publishers, editors, writers, and critics gathered at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City to celebrate the first annual National Book Awards, an award given to writers by writers. Between the s and s, the awards were expanded in order to broaden the audience for these award winning books. But in , the Board reduced the number of categories for the award, and reestablished the National Book Awards with an emphasis that the Awards are given by writers to writers. Now, over a half-century since its inception, the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers. 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 to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.
Young Adult & Children's Literature: National Book Award
Since the awards have been administered and presented by the National Book Foundation , but they are awards "by writers to writers".
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The National Book Awards were first awarded to four publications in May Contrary to that historical fact, the National Book Foundation currently recognizes only a history of purely literary awards that begins in The pre-war awards and the to graphics awards are covered below following the main list of current award categories. The main list below is organized by the current award categories and by year. The four categories' winners are selected from hundreds of preliminary nominees. For example, in the cycle the preliminary phase nominees ranged from in the Poetry category to in the Nonfiction category. Repeat winners and split awards are covered at the bottom of the page.