Friday, August 2, 2013
Congratulations John Green: Winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award!
The Fault in Our Stars had won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award!
Seeing as how I know a few people on the Walden committee this year and how devastated I was that TFiOS didn't get a Printz nod, I have to give them a standing ovation for picking such a deserving title.
The books that were honored are equally as worthy:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award has been in existence since 2008 and is given annually by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN). The criteria for this award is that the winners must be works of fiction, "[exemplify] literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature."
I went to the ALAN workshop last year and wasn't going to go again this year, but now that John Green has won the Walden Award and might possibly make an appearance to accept it, I'm seriously reconsidering my decision to just attend NCTE and not ALAN. I heart John Green, what can I say? :)
If you're interested, the committee is currently seeking applicants. They are looking for one teacher, one librarian, and one university educator. If you're interested, all applications are due by September 15, 2013.