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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, gives out a bunch of awards every year for the best of the best in young adult literature. Here are their major awards, which you can click through to the current list of winners and nominees:
The Michael L. Printz Award recognizes the best of the best in literary excellence. Each year, one winner and four honorees are selected from the young adult books published in the preceding year. The 2021 winner: Everthing Sad is Untrue: (A True Story) by Daniel Nayeri.
This award recognizes ten books every year written for adults but with strong teen appeal. If you're looking for something a little above and beyond our YA section, this is the list for you. Includes both fiction and nonfiction.
The William C. Morris Award is given every year to honor a debut novel by a first-time author, one winner and four honorees. These authors are definitely ones to watch out for. The 2021 winner: If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley.
YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. A shortlist of five titles are selected and one winner announced. The 2021 winner: The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candance Fleming.
Want to see what books our librarians have been recommending? Go to Connect Book Talks for lists and recommendations of various books for all ages.
Choose any number of authors from this list and we will place a hold for you on their new books before they are released. While we cannot guarantee how near the top of the list you will be, we will notify you when your next great read is available for pickup.
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