Book Awards


The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Practchett
The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Looking for Alaska by John Green
How I live now by Meg Rosoff
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler


The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley


The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction is an award established in 1982 to encourage authors to focus on historical fiction. The award was created by Scott O’Dell, author of Island of the Blue Dolphins and 25 other children's books, in hopes of increasing young readers' interest in the history that shaped their nation and their world.

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Jip, His Story by Katherine Paterson
The Fighting Ground by Avi

National Book Award

The National Book Award for Young People's Literature is one of four annual National Book Awards, which are given by the National Book Foundation (NBF) to recognize outstanding literary work by US citizens. They are awards "by writers to writers.” The panelists are five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field.”

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose (non-fiction)
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
Godless by Pete Hautman
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Coretta Scott King

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.


The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Heaven by Angela Johnson
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

Robert F. Sibert Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.


In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson
Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
by Candace Fleming
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
Bomb: The Race to build – and Steal – The world’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose.


The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.


Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
George by Alex Gino
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Schneider Family

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Reaching for Sun by Tracy Zimmer
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, andTeen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category.


Once by Morris Gleitzman

The Nazi Hunters by Neil Bascomb