National Book Award

Members of the library’s National Book Award reading group stayed up late last night awaiting news from the ceremony where the annual awards were announced. The group, consisting of students in grades 8 to 12, read titles under consideration for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and met in the library to discuss them. The students had strong feelings about the outcome! The winning book, The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, was well liked, but only one student had predicted it as the winner. Two days before the award ceremony, the group had the opportunity to attend the National Book Award’s teen press conference, moderated by Sarah Harrison Smith, the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review. At the event, conveniently held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, they met and questioned the authors of the five shortlisted titles and heard them read from their work. Book love all around!