The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by ALAN, is an award in the United States 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 to the author of a title selected by ALAN's Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee.
The selection committee composed of ten ALAN members (3 teachers, 3 university professors, 3 librarians, and 1 chair) appointed by the previous year's chair and current ALAN President. They award one winning title and honor up to four additional titles on their shortlist.
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 (please see this page for additional details about these criteria).
Award-winning and honor books are listed below.