National Book Foundation Book Award Finalists & Winners

VCFA is proud to recognize current and former finalists and winners of the distinguished National Book Awards! Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on her win in this year's awards!

2014

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty and alumna Deborah Wiles, ’03, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
  • Winner, Young People's Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA)) 

2013

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member Kathi AppeltThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

2012

  • Winner, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
  • Finalist, Poetry: MFAW faculty member Cynthia HuntingtonHeavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)
  • Finalist, Poetry: MFAW alum Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)

2011

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Franny BillingsleyChime (Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)
  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA alumna Debby Dahl Edwardson, ’05, My Name Is Not Easy (Marshall Cavendish)

2010

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer  (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) 

2009

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

2008

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member Kathi AppeltThe Underneath (Atheneum)

2006

  • Winner, Young People’s Literature: Board Member and former WCYA faculty member M.T. AndersonThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party  (Candlewick Press)
  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member and alumna Martine Leavitt, ’03, Keturah and Lord Death (Front Street Books/Boyds Mills Press)

2005

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty and alumna Deborah Wiles, '03, Each Little Bird That Sings (Harcourt)
  • Finalist, Young People's Literature: Chris Lynch, Inexcusable (Ginee Seo Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

2004

  • Winner, Poetry: Former MFAW faculty member and Distinguished Visiting Faculty member Jean Valentine, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003

2002

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Board Member and former faculty member M.T. AndersonFeed
  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member Elizabeth (Betsy) PartridgeThis Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Jacqueline Woodson Hush

2001

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: WCYA faculty member An Na, ’99, A Step from Heaven

2000

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Carolyn ComanMany Stones

1998

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

1997

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Brock Cole, The Facts Speak for Themselves

1996

  • Finalist, Young People’s Literature: Former WCYA faculty member Carolyn ComanWhat Jamie Saw

Board member Katherine Paterson has also won an NBA twice: In 1977 for The Master Puppeteer, and in 1979 for The Great Gilly Hopkins.