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 four-week course, participants will learn the history of the award; examine how the winner and honor books are chosen based on the award’s criteria; survey critical reviews and other literature that will help them understand the award and its importance to young adult literature; learn methods for promoting the Printz books to teens and classroom teachers; gain ideas for book talking the Printz books and learn how to build programming around the Printz. Students may expect to spend approximately 2.5 hours per week on course work.

This course is not available at this time. If you would like to make arrangements for an exclusive group offering, please contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia at for details.

This course addresses the following of YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth:
(V) Knowledge of Materials
(VII) Services