Book Award lists are another great way to find you next book. Here are some lists for your consideration.
The California Young Reader Medal Millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for these winning titles. The Young Adult winners are recommended for high school students.
Alex Awards “The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.” - YALSA
Edwards Award “The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” - YALSA
Morris Award “The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first given in 2009, honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.” - 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.” - YALSA
Odyssey Award “This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.” - YALSA
Printz Award “The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.” - YALSA
Pura Belpré Award “The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” - YALSA
Note: The books on the above book lists have been selected for teens (12 to 18 years of age). The titles span a wide range of reading and maturity levels. The lists are being provided as resources for students and their families. MCHS is not recommending any specific books for students and encourages parents to take an active role in helping individual teens choose books - movies and social media - that are the best fit for them and their families.