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The National Book Award Winners List

The National Book Award has been one of the most celebrated prizes since 1950. Rediscover our fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature award winners through the years!
  1. 1

    The Friend

    Fiction 2018

    The Friend Book Cover Picture
  2. 2

    The Future Is History

    Nonfiction 2017

    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture
  3. 3
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
  4. 4

    March: Book Three

    Young People’s Literature 2016

    March: Book Three Book Cover Picture
  5. 5

    Fortune Smiles

    Fiction 2015

    Fortune Smiles Book Cover Picture
  6. 6

    Between the World and Me

    Nonfiction 2015

    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture
  7. 8

    Redeployment

    Fiction 2014

    Redeployment Book Cover Picture
  8. 9

    Brown Girl Dreaming

    Young People’s Literature 2014

    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture
  9. 10

    The Good Lord Bird

    Fiction 2013

    The Good Lord Bird Book Cover Picture
  10. 11
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Cover Picture
  11. 12

    Lighthead

    Poetry 2010

    Lighthead Book Cover Picture
  12. 13

    Mockingbird

    Young People’s Literature 2010

    Mockingbird Book Cover Picture
  13. 14
    Let the Great World Spin Book Cover Picture
  14. 15

    The First Tycoon

    Nonfiction 2009

    The First Tycoon Book Cover Picture
  15. 16

    Legacy of Ashes

    Nonfiction 2007

    Legacy of Ashes Book Cover Picture
  16. 17

    Europe Central

    Fiction 2005

    Europe Central Book Cover Picture
  17. 18
    The Year of Magical Thinking Book Cover Picture
  18. 19

    The Penderwicks

    Young People’s Literature 2005

    The Penderwicks Book Cover Picture
  19. 20

    Three Junes

    Fiction 2002

    Three Junes Book Cover Picture
  20. 21

    Master of the Senate

    Nonfiction 2002

    Master of the Senate Book Cover Picture
  21. 22

    In the Heart of the Sea

    Nonfiction 2000

    In the Heart of the Sea Book Cover Picture
  22. 23

    Waiting

    Fiction 1999

    Waiting Book Cover Picture
  23. 24

    American Sphinx

    Nonfiction 1997

    American Sphinx Book Cover Picture
  24. 25

    The Haunted Land

    Nonfiction 1995

    The Haunted Land Book Cover Picture
  25. 26

    How We Die

    Nonfiction 1994

    How We Die Book Cover Picture
  26. 27

    All the Pretty Horses

    Fiction 1992

    All the Pretty Horses Book Cover Picture
  27. 28

    Mating

    Fiction 1991

    Mating Book Cover Picture
  28. 29

    What Work Is

    Poetry 1991

    What Work Is Book Cover Picture
  29. 30

    Spartina

    Fiction 1989

    Spartina Book Cover Picture
  30. 31

    A Bright Shining Lie

    Nonfiction 1988

    A Bright Shining Lie Book Cover Picture
  31. 32

    Paco’s Story

    Fiction 1987

    Paco's Story Book Cover Picture
  32. 33

    World’s Fair

    Fiction 1986

    World's Fair Book Cover Picture
  33. 34

    Arctic Dreams

    Nonfiction 1986

    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture
  34. 35

    White Noise

    Fiction 1985

    White Noise Book Cover Picture
  35. 36

    Common Ground

    Nonfiction 1985

    Common Ground Book Cover Picture
  36. 37

    Stones for Ibarra

    Fiction 1984

    Stones for Ibarra Book Cover Picture
  37. 38

    Rabbit Is Rich

    Fiction 1982

    Rabbit Is Rich Book Cover Picture
  38. 40

    China Men

    Nonfiction 1981

    China Men Book Cover Picture
  39. 41

    Sophie’s Choice

    Fiction 1980

    Sophie's Choice Book Cover Picture
  40. 42
    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Book Cover Picture
  41. 43

    Going After Cacciato

    Fiction 1979

    Going After Cacciato Book Cover Picture
  42. 44

    The Spectator Bird

    Fiction 1977

    The Spectator Bird Book Cover Picture
  43. 46

    The Court of Stone Children

    Young People’s Literature 1974

    The Court of Stone Children Book Cover Picture
  44. 47

    Mr. Sammler’s Planet

    Fiction 1971

    Mr. Sammler's Planet Book Cover Picture
  45. 48

    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian

    Young People’s Literature 1971

    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Book Cover Picture
  46. 49

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Fiction 1970

    Slaughterhouse-Five Book Cover Picture
  47. 50

    The Armies of the Night

    Nonfiction 1969

    The Armies of the Night Book Cover Picture
  48. 51

    Death at an Early Age

    Nonfiction 1968

    Death at an Early Age Book Cover Picture
  49. 52

    Enlightenment Volume 1

    Nonfiction 1967

    Enlightenment Volume 1 Book Cover Picture
  50. 53

    Herzog

    Fiction 1965

    Herzog Book Cover Picture
  51. 54

    The Centaur

    Fiction 1964

    The Centaur Book Cover Picture
  52. 55

    Goodbye, Columbus

    Fiction 1960

    Goodbye, Columbus Book Cover Picture
  53. 56

    Ten North Frederick

    Fiction 1956

    Ten North Frederick Book Cover Picture
  54. 57

    A Fable

    Fiction 1955

    A Fable Book Cover Picture
  55. 59

    A Stillness at Appomattox

    Nonfiction 1954

    A Stillness at Appomattox Book Cover Picture
  56. 60

    Invisible Man

    Fiction 1953

    Invisible Man Book Cover Picture
  57. 61

    From Here to Eternity

    Fiction 1952

    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture
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