YALSA Award for Best YA Non Fiction
I guess I am a children’s book award junkie. I really love all shortlists for awards even more so than the actual award recipient. There is just something so exciting about a shortlist; anyone can be the winner. This genre, young adult nonfiction, is not what I am reading ahead of my eldest yet as she is just eleven, but I am excited to learn about this award and I’m pretty sure that it will fit the bill for one of my kids in the future.
I am particularly excited about the Native American book. There seem to be quite a few excellent books out lately both fiction (Joseph Bruchac’s Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two) and nonfiction on the unsung heroes of WWII, the Choctaw Code Talkers. I sort of hope it wins but there are so many good ones to choose from! I guess that is what’s so great about a shortlist! This is a great list for middle school tween or teen boys, and girls too!
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p.p.s. Thank you reader Youporn for this suggestion Chocktaw Code Talkers of WWII which is a website with some great information. I found two more books as well on this topic.
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The award winner will be announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. The award will be presented at ALA Annual Conference.
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