YALSA creates Young Adult Nonfiction Award

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release,

February 5, 2008

YALSA creates Young Adult Nonfiction Award

CHICAGO - Beginning in 2010, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will name an annual winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

The award will honor the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 - October 31 publishing year. The award winner will be announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting Youth Media Awards, with a short list of up to five titles named the first week of December. The award will be presented at ALA Annual Conference.

“There is no national award to recognize nonfiction books for teens,” said YALSA President Paula Brehm-Heeger. “With the growing number of outstanding nonfiction works being published for young adults, the time is certainly right to establish an award that will highlight the best in this expanding field of titles. YALSA is always on the cutting edge of teen literature, and this is just another example of how we are there leading the way for other professionals to find out what's exciting and new that will help them serve their teens!”

Brehm-Heeger will begin appointing the nonfiction award selection committee in spring 2008, to begin reading in November 2008, with the first award announced at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting. For more information, please visit

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: