2019 ALAN Award Winner: John Green

2019 ALAN Award Winner: John Green

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The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) is pleased to announce John Green as the recipient of the 2019 ALAN Award. The Award is given to someone who has made “outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.” Join us at the ALAN Breakfast in Baltimore and help us honor John Green, the recipient of this year’s ALAN Award!

Since Looking for Alaska was published in 2005 to critical acclaim, John Green has consistently given readers stories of literary quality and merit. In 2006, Looking for Alaska was named the Michael L. Printz Award Winner and went on to be selected as a PBS Great American Read, one of NPR’s Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels, and one of TIME magazine’s 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time. In 2007, An Abundance of Katherines was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, which was also named a Printz Honor book. Paper Towns was awarded the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored with David Levithan, was a Stonewall Book Award Honor title in 2011. In 2013, The Fault in Our Stars was recognized by ALAN as the Walden Award winner and named TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012, as well as appearing on ‘best of’ lists from Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, among others. Green’s most recent novel, Turtles All the Way Down, was named an NPR Best Book for the Year, a TIME Best Book of the Year, a Wall Street Journal Best Book for the Year, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year.

In addition to recognition for literary achievement, Green’s books are consistently on the New York Times Bestseller lists. The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns were made into popular feature films, and Looking for Alaska will soon be a Hulu limited series. Beyond his books, Green has positively influenced millions of teens through his Vlogbrothers series, with his brother Hank, and “Crash Course” educational videos on YouTube, which has nearly 10 million subscribers.

In 2014 Green was included in TIME magazine’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” This is a direct result of the role he’s played in teens’ lives—as a writer, as the co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, VidCon, and in his role organizing the “Project for Awesome” that invites people to post videos talking about and promoting charities that reduce the overall level of “world suck.” Green never underestimates young adults. He’s made being a “nerd” not only admirable but also something worth fighting for. Green has always been open and honest with teens and willing to explore and examine his own challenges with anxiety and an obsessive-compulsive disorder, discussing his struggles extensively on YouTube and portraying this realistically in Turtles All the Way Down. John Green is published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House.