Alex Awards

alex awards*YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners.  Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists.  This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.


About the 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 winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

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2019 Winners    

The Black God's DrumsThe Book of EssieCirceEducatedGirl Who Smiled Beads
GreenHome After DarkHow Long Til Black Future MonthLawn BoySpinning Silver

The Black God’s Drums,” By P. Djèlí Clark, Published by Tor.com, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan.

The Book of Essie,” By Meghan MacLean Weir, Published by Knopf, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin RandomHouse.

Circe,” By Madeline Miller, Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group.

Educated: A Memoir,” By Tara Westover, Published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After,” By Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, Published by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House.

Green,” By Sam Graham-Felsen, published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House.

Home After Dark,” by David Small, illustrated by the author, published by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton & Company.

How Long ’Til Black Future Month?” By N. K. Jemisin, Published by Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.

Lawn Boy,” By Jonathan Evison, Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.

Spinning Silver,” by Naomi Novik, published by Del Rey, a division of Penguin Random House.

2019 Committee Members

Members of the 2019 Alex Awards Committee are: Chair Kali Olson, The Blake School, Minneapolis; Amy Fowler, Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, Mass.: Dr. Janet W. Hilbun, Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Garland, Texas; Johanna Lewis, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Ellen McTyre, Mamaroneck Public Library District, Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Becky Reiser, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, Calif.; Elizabeth Page, Coronado (Calif.) Public Library; Ellen Wickham, Raytown (Mo.) South High School; and Booklist Consultant Maggie Reagan, Chicago.

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