professornana (professornana) wrote,

Reports of my demise...

Are greatly exaggerated.  Yes, I have been absent for a while.  I am still recovering from treatments that left me pretty much bedridden from October until January.  But I am working my way slowly back to conferences and workshops.  

I am pleased to share with you the announcement of the finalists for the Walden Award from ALAN. If you are saying to yourself, "WHAAAT?", please visit the ALAN website.  And join ALAN.  And stay informed.

2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit. The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are: Dear Martin
​ by Nic Stone (Penguin Random House/ Crown Books for Young Readers)

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/ Balzar + Bray)

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster/ Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

The Nowhere Girls

by Amy Reed (Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse)

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

by Melanie Crowder (Penguin Random House/ Philomel Books)

The winner will be announced on Monday, July 30th. The winning title and finalists will be honored at the 2018 ALAN Workshop on Monday, November 19th in Houston, TX, and the authors will be invited to participate in a panel discussion. The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the many publishers who submitted titles for consideration. The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered over 350 young adult titles throughout the process. The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities. They are:

Beth Scanlon, Committee Chair Teacher Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, FL

Lisa Scherff, Past Committee Chair Teacher South Ft. Myers High School, Ft. Myers, FL

Sheila Benson Associate Professor, English Education University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Robert Bittner SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Marie LeJeune Professor, Literacy Education Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Lisa Morris-Wilkey Librarian Casa Grande Elementary School District, Casa Grande, AZ

Sarah Mulhern Gross Teacher High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Kerry Neuberger Teacher Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School, Garner, IA

Jennifer Paulsen Teacher Holmes Junior High, Cedar Falls, IA

Beth Shaum Librarian St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School, Allen Park, MI

Wendy Stephens School Library Media Specialist Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL
For more information on the award, please visit ​ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents

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