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YALSA Nonfiction: Definition

The Definition for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults (which I’m going to just start calling the YALSA Nonfiction Award): “An award for the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.”

One sentence, but wowza, look how much is in it!

First, the best nonfiction books published for young adults. An adult book with teen appeal? Go nominate it for the Alex Awards.

Second, “young adults” are defined as between twelve and eighteen. (For those who don’t like the technical term “young adults,” and I agree, it’s not one that is used by those who are “young adults,” what other term would work for this age group? “Teens” excludes twelve year olds and includes those who are nineteen.)

Third, look at that time frame! November 1 to October 31. I’m not sure if there are any other awards that have this particular time frame.

Next week: Purpose!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is