Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

Given by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), NCTE

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The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), is an award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, show more widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. Named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden who was a pioneer in the field of Young Adult literature, it is presented annually to the author of a title selected by ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee.

The selection committee is composed of ten ALAN members (3 teachers, 3 university professors, 3 librarians, and 1 chair) and is appointed by the previous year’s chair and current ALAN President. (Follow this link for a list of the current committee.) They award one winning title and honor up to four additional titles on their shortlist.

Per Walden’s request, honor and winning titles must be a work of fiction, ideally a novel (stand-alone or part of a series); be published within one year prior to the call for titles; be published in the United States but may have been published elsewhere prior; and possess a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit (please see this document for additional details about these criteria).
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All, Winner (15), Finalist (64)
All, 2023 (4), 2022 (5), 2021 (4), 2020 (5), 2019 (5), 2018 (5), 2017 (5), 2016 (5), 2015 (5), 2014 (5), 2013 (4), 2012 (5), 2011 (5), 2010 (5), 2009 (5)

Winner 15

Finalist 64

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir2023
Medusa by Jessie Burton2023
The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor2023
We Can Be Heroes by Kyrie McCauley2023
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner2022
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee2022
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland2022
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez2022
The Magic Fish: A Graphic Novel by Trung Le Nguyen2022
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo2021
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed2021
SLAY by Brittney Morris2021
Kent State by Deborah Wiles2021
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo2020
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian2020
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay2020
White Rose by Kip Wilson2020
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo2019
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson2019
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram2019
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough2019
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan2019
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas2018
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder2018
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed2018
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds2018
Dear Martin by Nic Stone2018
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner2017
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow2017
The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock2017
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys2017
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon2017
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds2016
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin2016
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven2016
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez2016
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman2016
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson2015
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero2015
Revolution by Deborah Wiles2015
Diamond Boy by Michael Williams2015
Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott2014
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg2014
Winger by Andrew Smith2014
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman2014
Ask the Passengers by A. S. King2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz2013
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer2013
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall2012
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys2012
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow2012
Blood Red Road by Moira Young2012
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler2011
I Will Save You by Matt de la Peña2011
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick2011
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick2011
The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander2010
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley2010
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork2010
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey2010
Graceling by Kristin Cashore2009
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman2009
Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine2009
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson2009


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