1977 National Book Awards
|Biography and Autobiography||Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist, W. A. Swanberg|
|Children's Literature||The Master Puppeteer, Katherine Paterson|
|Contemporary Thought||The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim|
|Fiction||The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner|
|World of Our Fathers, Irving Howe|
|Judges' Statement: Because Alex Haley's Roots does not accommodate itself to the category of History but transcends that and other categories, members of the History panel were unable to name it as one of the nominees in History. They are at one, however, that its distinguished literary quality justifies according it a special citation of merit.|
|Poetry||Collected Poems, 1930–1976, Richard Eberhart|
|Translation||Master Tung's Western Chamber Romance, Li-Li Ch'en|
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