Kristen Pelfrey

teacher at Foothill Technology High School


Pelfrey created a program allowing her students to unplug from their digital lives and engage their imagination using the worlds found in books. The program, titled “The Best Fiction (about) Young Adults Revolution” has a simple goal asking students to read a book from YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Once teens finished their books, they wrote a thank you to the authors for the stories, experiences and worlds.

Students then went on to create posters for the books they read, using the graphic editing program Fireworks. They created text, incorporated imagery and addressed visual design standards. Their final project was to storyboard and create a book trailer for their book using Movie Maker. The students will work in cooperation with the film class, and possibly with the local television station, to promote their trailers. They will also be posted on YouTube and be made available via other student- and school-appropriate channels. This program truly brought together teens’ love for literature and technology.

“I believe that 'unplugging' is an essential twenty-first century skill,” explained Pelfrey in her winning application. “My goal is to have a school culture in which the norm is for all students and teachers to have a book for pleasure reading in hand at all times.”

Awards Won

Title Year
MAE Award for the Best Literature Program for Teens

This award honors a YALSA member for developing an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.The MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

Edwards was a well-known and innovative young adult services librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md., for more than 30 years. Her trust has supported many initiatives from YALSA, including the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal and all five rounds of the Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults project.

2013 - Winner(s)