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The shortlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature was announced today, and among them was March Book Three by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

It’s just the latest honor for a series that has not only brought home the story of the fight for civil rights in the 60s for a new generation, but barnstormed media (Rachel Maddow, The Daily Show, Fox radio)  and best seller lists.  And as you can see from the preview below, the comics industry could not ask for a better ambassador.

March Book Three is not the first graphic novel to be an NBA nominee  – American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang; Nimona by Noelle Stevenson; and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast are all previous picks. In fact, I’d say its getting to be a regular thing.

The finalists for the National Book Awards – the Oscars of the book world – will be announced Oct. 13, and the winners on Nov. 16.

 

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