Young Adult Library Services Association

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), established in 1957, is a division of the American Library Association. YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates. YALSA administers several awards and sponsors a biennial Young Adult Literature Symposium, Teen Read Week, the third week of each October, and Teen Tech Week, the second week of each March.

Book and Media Awards[edit]

  • The Alex Awards were named for twentieth-century American librarian Margaret "Alex" Edwards.[1] They are awarded annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.[2] In the past 17 years, (1998–2014) 170 books have been honored with the award.
  • The Edwards Award was named for twentieth-century American librarian Margaret A. Edwards.[1] It is awarded annually to an author and a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.[3] In the past 27 years (1988–2014), 26 authors have been honored with the award. [4]
  • The Morris Award was named for twentieth-century American publisher William C. Morris[5] It is awarded annually to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.[5] From (2013-2014), two books has been honored with the award. In addition, four new books from the 2014 nominations were announced as finalists. [6]
  • The Odyssey Award was named in honor of the Homer's eighth century BC epic poem to remind us of the ancient roots of storytelling, while living in our modern world.[7] The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by YALSA and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), another division of the ALA. It is sponsored by Booklist magazine, a publication of the ALA.[7] In the past 3 years (2012–2014), 3 titles have been honored with the award. In addition, as runners-up, 8 titles have been cited as Odyssey Honor books. [8]
  • The Printz Award was named for twentieth-century American librarian Michael L. Printz. [9] It is sponsored by Booklist magazine, a publication of the ALA. [9] It is awarded annually to the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.[9] In the past 15 years (2000–2014), 15 books have been honored with the award. In addition, as runners up, 53 books have received the Printz honor.[10]
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – This award honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The first winner was named in 2010.[11] Since its first year, four books have been given the award.[12][13]
  • Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults - Each year, YALSA's Amazing Audiobooks committee selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past three years. The name of the list became Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults with the 2009 list and was previously known as Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults [14]
  • Best Books for Young Adults, awarded annually since 1930 (under different names and focus), including a top-10 "Best of the Best" since 1997.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carter, Betty. "Who Is Margaret Edwards and What Is This Award Being Given In Her Honor?". The ALAN Review (Spring 1992): 45–48. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ "YALSA's Alex Awards". American Library Association. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Margaret A. Edwards Award". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Margaret A. Edwards Winners". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Morris Award". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  6. ^ http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris-award
  7. ^ a b "About the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production". American Library Association. 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  8. ^ http://www.ala.org/yalsa/odyssey-award
  9. ^ a b c "Michael L. Printz Award". Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  10. ^ http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz-award
  11. ^ "YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  12. ^ "Previous YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Winners". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  13. ^ Winner and Finalists "Current YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Winner". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  14. ^ "Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults". Retrieved 2013-04-01. 

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