Secrets of the Seal: The Michael L. Printz Award

This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization!

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

Participants will:

  • Gain a working knowledge Printz honor and award books.
  • Explore and practice ways of promoting Printz books to teen and classroom teachers
  • Review and discuss award criteria and practice reading for those elements.

Who Should Attend

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and/or 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.



With a group offering, all registrants, regardless of membership status, will receive the YALSA member rate.

Group offering without CEUs - $155 per person
Group offering with CEUs - $175 per person

How to Register

This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

Payment is accepted via check, money order, purchase order or credit card. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.

Tech Requirements

This e-course is hosted through Moodle.


For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request. This four-week course may be eligible for 1 CEU credit.


Contact or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

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.