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 


2020 Winner    

Steve Sheinkin wins the 2020 Edwards Award for “Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon,” “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” and “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery.”

Steve Sheinkin is the recipient of the 2020 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon,” “The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights,” and “The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery,” all published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and “Lincoln's Grave Robbers,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

      

Sheinkin is a powerful force in today’s ever-expanding field of nonfiction for teens, a genre that offers a particularly unique avenue for teens to become aware of themselves and to answer their questions about their role in society and in the world.  Sheinkin’s ability to tell a story that is contextualized with rich details about the time and place that surround it allows teens to delve deeply into a range of issues and ideas.  Like any great fiction writer, Sheinkin brings his characters to life by building a plot that gently unfolds, allowing the reader a chance to get to know the history on a very personal level.

“The digital age presents new challenges for teens in navigating information sources. Sheinkin provides readers with extremely well researched information, including primary sources, photographs, quotations, and letters, in such a way that readers can be assured that the engaging story they are reading is true,” said Edwards Committee chair Dawn McMillan.

Steve Sheinkin will be honored at a luncheon during YALSA’s YA Services Symposium in Reno, Nevada, Nov. 6-8, 2020. The award is sponsored by School Library Journal.

2020 Committee Members

Members of the 2020 Edwards Committee are: Chair Dawn McMillan, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio; Therese G. Bigelow, Coupeville, Wash.; Lisa W. Brennan, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Va.; April Dawkins, University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina; and Rachel Lynn Wadham, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.


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