Secrets of the Seal: The Michael L. Printz Award

For the past decade, YALSA has honored excellence in Young Adult Literature through its Michael L. Printz Award. Each year a committee of YALSA members scours the publishing world, seeking out the latest YA books that exemplify literary excellence. Join YALSA for an exploration of the Printz award, its origins, history, criteria, and its past and present winners. In this course, participants will learn the history of the award and will examine how the winner and honor books are chosen based on the award’s criteria. In addition, participants will survey critical reviews and other literature that will help them understand the award and its importance to young adult literature.  Participants will also learn methods for promoting the Printz books to their teens as well as classroom teachers. Participants will gain ideas for book talking the Printz books and for how to building programming around the Printz.  

Learning Outcomes

1.Participants will gain a working knowledge Printz honor and award books.
2.Participants will explore and practice ways of promoting Printz books to teen and classroom teachers
3.Participants will review and discuss award criteria and practice reading for those elements.

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.


Brenna Shanks was a member of the 2011 Printz Award committee, and is a Teen Materials Selector at the King County Library System in Washington.


How to Register

Registration for this course is not presently available.

Credits / CEUs

This course is eligible for 1 CEU.


Contact Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.

Course Pairings

Interested in other serving teens and tweens classes? Check out Making the Match: Finding the Right Book for the Right Teen at the Right Time.


$155 YALSA members
$195 ALA Members
$215 nonmembers