18 April 2012

P is for Printz Award

For April I'm Blogging the Alphabet through YA Book Awards!  Find out more Here!

"The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year."1 "Michael L. Printz was a librarian at Topeka West High School in Topeka, Kansas until he retired in 1994. He was also an active member in YALSA, serving on the Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee. He dedicated his life to ensuring that his students had access to good literature."2  This award, first given in 2000 by the American Library Association, also names up to four "honor books" or runners-up.  Books are chosen by a committee of ALA members.

Notable Printz Books:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - 2012 Honor Book
Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi - 2011 Winner
Going Bovine by Libba Bray - 2010 Winner
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan - 2009 Honor Book
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 2007 Honor Book

1 http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz 2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_L._Printz_Award


  1. Visiting from AtoZ. I appreciate your promotion of literature for young adults by highlighting this award.

  2. Hi, visiting from AtoZ as well. How very wonderful to honor books written focusing on Young adults. Thank you so very much. Best regards to you. Ruby aka Grammy