Do you have a book that you think is the perfect Printz book? If so, nominate it!

That’s right, the’ Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature accepts field nominations. Meaning, people outside the committee can nominate a book.

I am fortunate enough to be on this year’s committee. Discussions and the nomination list are top-secret, so I cannot share with you the titles being discussed.’ I will ask you not to make any assumptions, so if you have read a real “winner” please nominate it.

Nominations for the Printz are made via the YALSA website. Nominations close on December 1st. While the discussions and titles are confidential, the rules are not, so before making a nomination, take a peak at the policies and procedures. That said, in a nutshell, here are the key things to remember:

1. 2008 titles only.

2. Fill out the entire form, including ISBNs.

3. Books cannot be nominated by the publisher, editor, or author of the book.

4. Include the reason why you think the book is a candidate for the Printz.

About Liz Burns

Liz is the Youth Services Consultant for the New Jersey State Library's Library for the Blind and Handicapped. Liz is active in YALSA and in the YA Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association. She was a member of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. Along with co-author Sophie Brookover, she wrote Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture To Connect With Your Whole Community, published in 2008 by Information Today. Liz blogs at Pop Goes the Library ( and Tea Cozy ( She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University, SCILS, and a JD from Villanova Law School, Villanova University. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is her favorite television show. Ever. Her favorite book is... well, it's impossible to pick just one. Or two. Or ten.

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