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Gary Strong Curriculum Center - College of Education, Health and Human Sciences: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

About the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE* (ALAN), is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, 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 with one winning title and honors up to four additional titles.

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.

*National Council of Teachers of English

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winners at the Curriculum Center or Main Library

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Honor Books at the Curriculum Center or Main Library