2010 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner & Finalists Announced

In my recent travels I found this website Get ‘Em Reading about how to get kids to connect to literature by Daria Plumb, a teacher with a  Master’s in Children’s Literature – she says it is never too late to turn a non-reader into a reader that it just takes the right book.  

I not so secretly planned on my children being big readers (couldn’t help it) so I did all the things you are supposed to do, had cozy reading nooks, books (on a rotating schedule) in the bathroom, read to them, in front of them and with them and I got lucky. Daria Plumb’s site is a great resource for parents of reluctant readers and she chaired the ALAN committee  – Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) – that chose the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists and winner.


website:  http://www.alan-ya.org/about

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents celebrates Young Adult Literature through a number of awards and recognitions every year.  ALAN’s newest award, The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award, is presented  annually to the author of a title selected by the AEWA Committee comprised of ALAN members.


Amelia Elizabeth Walden was born in New York City on January 15, 1909. She graduated from Columbia University in 1934 and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. From 1935 to 1945, she taught English and Dramatics at Norwalk High School in Connecticut. She married John William Harmon in 1946. Her first novel, Gateway, was published in 1946. Walden told her editor that she intended the novel for young people who lived at the gateway, on that middle ground between adolescence and adulthood. Walden claimed, “I respond to young people because I remember my own adolescence so vividly – and fondly. It was a period of total involvement, of enjoying life to the hilt.”  Walden wrote over 40 young adult novels.

Here is the winner: and the finalists include:

I am putting these books on my reading list and in my Amazon store.

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