It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?
It’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which is this weekend. On Monday morning, January 28, there is a news conference broadcast over the web, announcing all of the ALA award books.
So, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.
Past winners of this award have included Looking for Alaska by John Green (we love him!!) and Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Who’ll win this year?
Come back to this blog on January 28th, 2013 and we’ll announce it when it happens!
— by Michael Perry