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Michael L. Printz Award : Home

About the Award

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.

The award's namesake was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas. He had a passion for books and reading. He also appreciated the authors who wrote books for young adults and demonstrated this by initiating an author-in-residence program at his high school.

The award is from 2000- present

Award by Year

2017 March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell
2016 Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
2015 I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
2013 In Darkness by Nick Lake
2012 Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
2011 Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
2010 Going Bovine by Libba Bray
2009 Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
2008 The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
2007 American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
2006 Looking for Alaska by John Green
2005 How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
2004 The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
2003 Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
2002 A Step from Heaven by An Na
2001 Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
2000 Monster by Walter Dean Myers