Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 1, 2011

Interesting Thoughts About YA

Surveys showed then that “the percentage of female YA fans between the ages of 25 and 44 has nearly doubled in the past four years,” and “today, nearly one in five 35- to 44-year olds say they most frequently buy YA books. For themselves.”

o ALA’s Newbery Medal is given to books written for readers up to fourteen years old, but its Michael L. Printz Award goes to books aimed at readers who are twelve to eighteen. In 1996, after more than a decade of dormancy, a National Book Award category for young people’s literature was resurrected. This award isn’t just for YA lit (it can go to titles for a younger audience or to non-fiction), but the YA lit titles to which it is awarded are of the highest literary merit.

o The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are a prestigious award in youth literature. They have a fiction and poetry category that recognizes winners as well as up to two honor books.

o The Michael L. Printz Award has been administered by the American Library Association since 2000 and recognizes winners and honor books that “exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature.”

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Yeah, between Harry Potter and Twilight, and onw, it’s brought a lot of attention to the genres. The adults have become much more aware of it. Stuff for “kids” has really taken off since HP, especially with all the movie adaptations (Hunger Games, too). In fact, I know a woman who is fascinated by the Twilight movies and now she’s reading the books!


  2. Kathy,

    Your post are always so helpful. Thanks!!!!

    RA France


    • Tioka,

      I didn’t know you read my blog. Are you going to be in LA?



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