Wednesday, December 16, 2015

YALSA Awards for Young Adult Literature 2015

Here are some of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) book awards honoring young adult writers and their books in 2015. Among its missions, YALSA strives to evaluate material of interest to teens (12-18) and to expand the library's outreach. Additional awards and book summaries can be found at their website. Check it out! 

Morris Award (honors best YA Debut Books)

--Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, published by Cinco Puntos Press.


--The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley, published by Elephant Rock Books.

--The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston, published by Carolrhoda Lab™, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.

--The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos, published by Egmont Publishing.

--The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, published by Candlewick Press.

Michael L. Printz Award (honors literary excellence in YA)


--I’ll Give You the Sun By Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

Honor Books:

--And We Stay By Jenny Hubbard
Published by Delacorte, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., a Penguin Random House Company.

--The Carnival at Bray By Jessie Ann Foley
Published by Elephant Rock Books.

--Grasshopper Jungle By Andrew Smith
Published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

--This One Summer By Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Published by First Second

Nonfiction Awards (honors best YA nonfiction)


--Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek written by Maya Van Wagenen and published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group


--Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group

--The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming, and published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

--Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully, and Published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

--The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin, and published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan’ Children’s Publishing Group


  1. OH, all the wonderful books for YA. Too many to read, but if I read any, it would be Jandy Nelson's book. Loved her first book.

  2. I wish I knew more of these authors. Too many to read, as you say!

  3. We did Jendy as well, one of the better books this year for sure, I do prefer kids reading heartwarming inspiring ones :)

  4. Love your comment,'heartwarming and inspiring' being the key words here.


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