National Book Awards | Teen Press Conference

Journalists in the making!

At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students in New York City played reporters as they directed questions to the five Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.

National Book Awards | Teen Press Conference Part 1

National Book Awards | Teen Press Conference Part 2

Each invited student received one of the five Finalists copies of the book in advance to read and prepare questions for the authors. Event included a professionally designed press kit and was followed by a book signing.

Beginning in 1998, the Teen Press Conference has taken place at various literary landmarks in New York, including the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Scholastic Auditorium, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. This year, the Teen Press Conference took place at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)

John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))


Host: Rocco Staino @RoccoA
Executive Producer: Julie Gribble @JulieGribbleNYC

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