Edwards Award

margaret a. edwards award*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 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. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.  The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.

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The Margaret A. Edwards Award and 30 Years of Young Adult Literature | School Library Journal 

Margaret Edwards Award Winner Angela Johnson Just Wants To Tell a Good Story | School Library Journal 

From “The Outsiders” to “The First Part Last”: A Margaret A. Edwards Award Time Line | School Library Journal 

The Legacy of Margaret A. Edwards and the Birth of an Award | School Library Journal by Past YALSA President Joel Shoemaker

So You Know Your YA Authors. Who’s on Our Cover? | School Library Journal 


2019 Winner    

M.T. Anderson wins 2019 Edwards Award for "Feed", "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” and “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves”

M.T. Anderson is the recipient of the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Feed;” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party;”  and “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves”  all published by Candlewick Press.

M.T. Anderson is a powerful force in the field of literature for teens. His creativity, wit and intelligence distinguish him and inform the body of his work, which is further notable for its artful variety, whether it be his fiercely satirical “Feed” or his monumental two volume “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation.”

Feed by MT AndersonThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Vol. 1The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Vol. 2

“M.T. Anderson is a true nonpareil, demonstrating an extraordinary facility for writing in a variety of forms and genres, standing virtually alone in his creative venturesomeness and bold innovation,” said Edwards Committee Member Michael Cart.

M.T. Anderson will be honored at the YALSA Edwards Award Brunch and presented with a citation and cash prize of $2,000 during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.: June 20 - 25, 2019. The award is sponsored by School Library Journal.

2019 Committee Members

Members of the 2019 Edwards Committee are: Chair Rebecca Denham, Houston Public Library; Michael Cart, Columbus, Ind.; Mary Catherine Miller, Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Ohio; Mike Pawuk, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, Ohio; and Susan J. Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library Northwest Library, Portland, Ore.


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