March Named National Book Award Finalist
The 2016 National Book Finalists have been announced. In the Young People’s category, March Book 3 by Senator John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell has been named. Published by Top Shelf, the March Trilogy immediately garnered much acclaim and attention for its compelling story and visual excellence.
Upon hearing the news, Senator John Lewis said, “This is amazing to me. I’m overwhelmed and deeply moved…” Co-Writer Andrew Aydin said, “This is such an unbelievable honor.” And Nate Powell had this to say, “We’re grateful to be able to help those voices be heard.”
In its 67 years, only a handful of graphic novels have been honored as National Book Award Finalists. Gene Luen Yang, the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, was one of the first Graphic Novelist to be namedfor the National Book Award.
The winners will be announced in November, and the March Team will head to New York for the festivities.
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About Esther Keller
Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. She also curates the Graphic Novel collection for the NYC DOE Citywide Digital Library. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.
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