yalsa award winners
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 Printz Award
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.
The Alex Awards
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 Morris Award
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.
The YALSA Nonfiction Award
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.