It's been a great year for children's books (and it's not over yet), and it's always fun to see which of our favorites get recognized during awards season.

Kicking it off is the 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature, released today:


• Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

• Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses

• Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots

• Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince

• Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck

• David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

• Tom McNeal, Far Far Away

floraulysses• Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (BookPage review coming in October)

• Anne Ursu, The Real Boy

• Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

Got any favorites out of this bunch?

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for National Book Award longlist announcements for nonfiction (Sept 18) and fiction (Sept 19)!

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