Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

About the Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
An award for the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Nonfiction title published for young adults during the preceding November 1 – October 31 year. 
  • All print forms of nonfiction are eligible for consideration, including graphic formats.
  • The title must have been designated by its publisher as intended for young adults who are defined as persons between the ages of twelve and including eighteen.
  • Titles from a series may be considered on their individual merits.

Application Instructions

Fill out the nomination form.  Only books published between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012 will be considered for the 2013 award.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

The title must include excellent writing, research, presentation and readability for young adults.  If no title is deemed sufficiently meritorious, no award will be given that year.  The chair, with assistance from designated YALSA staff, is responsible for verifying the eligibility of all nominated titles.


The award will be presented to the author(s) of the winning and honor titles at a ceremony at an ALA or YALSA conference.