Anderson, best known for the million-selling "Speak," was cited for "Shout," a poetic memoir about surviving sexual assault. Alexander also used verse for "The Undefeated," illustrated by Kadir Nelson and billed as a "love letter to black life in the United States." Reynolds was nominated for "Look Both Ways," 10 stories connected around what happens after school ends for the day.
Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the National Book Award in 2013 for "The Thing About Luck," was nominated for "A Place to Belong," about a displaced Japanese American family during World War II. Both books were illustrated by Julia Kuo.
Others on the longlist include the graphic novel "Kiss Number 8," written by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw; Hal Schrieve's queer-trans zombie tale "Out of Salem," Laura Ruby's "Thirteen Doorways: Wolves Behind Them All" and Randy Ribay's "Patron Saints of Nothing," a novel centered on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
The other nominees were Martin W. Sandler's "1919: The Year That Changed America" and Akwaeke Emezi's "Pet." The longlists will be narrowed to five nominees on Oct. 8. Winners will be announced Nov. 20.