The Evergreen Young Adult Book Award is sponsored by the Washington Young Adult Review Group (WashYARG), a group comprised of school and public librarians from the state of Washington. The award was created to give teens in the state a voice in deciding the best literature aimed at their age group. Each year a wide variety of books are suggested by librarians, teachers and students throughout the state. After much reading and debating, the Evergreen Award Committee narrows this list down to ten that represent a mix of teen-appealing titles. The nominated titles are announced in mid-April. For the next several months, librarians and teachers promote the award to the young people of Washington State, encouraging them to read as many of the ten books as possible. The deadline to vote for their favorite is March 15th each year. Readers may vote online here, by mailing in a ballot, or by returning a ballot to their closest library. The winner is announced by the end of March.
The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure. Click here for more information.