The National Book Award/Printz Overlap
I was recording an episode of The Yarn podcast with Colby Sharp recently, when he suggested I look at how many National Book Award winners (in the category of Young People’s Literature, of course) go on to win Michael L. Printz honors and medals.
Here’s the data, beginning with the National Book Award winner in 2001 (True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff), which went on to win a Printz Honor, up to the 2022 National Book Award winner (All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir), which went on to win a Printz Medal.
Not as much of an overlap as I would have expected, although there have been three books that have won the National Book Award and Printz since 2016 (March: Book 3, The Poet X, and All My Rage).
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