This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2023 National Book Awards. Check back this afternoon for the list for Translated Literature.
Three titles on this year’s longlist for Young People’s Literature feature vacations that take unexpected turns: in Huda Fahmy’s graphic novel “Huda F Cares?,” a young Muslim girl feels self-conscious on a family road trip to Disney World; in Dan Santat’s graphic memoir “A First Time for Everything,” an awkward middle-school boy falls in love on a class trip to Europe; in Betty C. Tang’s graphic novel “Parachute Kids,” three Taiwanese siblings are thrust headfirst into American culture on a visit to California.
Other books on the longlist elucidate complex historical and scientific events. “Hidden Systems: Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day,” written and illustrated by Dan Nott, explores the origins and environmental impact of intricate structures underpinning society. Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long’s “More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” uses photos and reports from Black newspapers to illuminate the role of Black women in the March on Washington. Katherine Marsh’s “The Lost Year” examines the Ukrainian Holodomor, a government-imposed famine that led to the death of millions in the nineteen-thirties.
The ten books on the longlist were chosen from three hundred and forty-eight titles submitted by publishers. All eleven authors are being honored by the National Book Awards for the first time. The full list is below.
Erin Bow, “Simon Sort of Says”
Disney-Hyperion Books / Disney Publishing Worldwide
Kenneth M. Cadow, “Gather”
Alyson Derrick, “Forget Me Not”
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster
Huda Fahmy, “Huda F Cares?”
Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
Vashti Harrison, “Big”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group
Katherine Marsh, “The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine”
Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishers
Dan Nott, “Hidden Systems: Water, Electricity, the Internet, and the Secrets Behind the Systems We Use Every Day”
Random House Graphic / Penguin Random House
Dan Santat, “A First Time for Everything”
First Second / Macmillan Publishers
Betty C. Tang, “Parachute Kids”
Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.
Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long, “More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan Publishers
The judges for the category this year are Sarah Park Dahlen, an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Kyle Lukoff, whose novel “Too Bright to See” was a National Book Award Finalist in 2021; Claudette S. McLinn, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature; justin a. Reynolds, the author of the novel “Opposite of Always”; and Sabaa Tahir, whose most recent novel, “All My Rage,” won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2022. ♦