The 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Committee is charged to select from the previous year’s publications the best young adult book (“best” being defined solely in terms of literary merit). Now is your chance to meet the hard working folks who want to spend the next year reading, and rereading, and rereading, and taking extensive notes on hundreds of titles competing for this prestigious award.

Running on the spring ballot for the 2009 Printz Committee are: Elizabeth A.Burns, Donna S. Cook, Stacy L. Creel-Chavez, Alison M. Hendon, Celia Holm, Ellen Loughran, Karyn Silverman, and J. Marin Younker.


  1. Please introduce yourself.
  2. Tell us what experience has prepared you for the challenge of selecting the best book of the year based on literary merit.
  3. And, give us one YA title, published in 1998 or before, that you think would have made an excellent Printz Award Winner if the award had been in existence then. Hmmm….

Cindy Dobrez
2007 Michael L. Printz Award Chair