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Mock Awards Program: 2019 Mock Printz

Run through the Curriculum Resource Center, this is a program that focuses on attempting to guess what books will win coveted literary prizes awarded by the American Library Association.

2019 Mock Printz

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Printz Medal to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Criteria for the Award

  • The award-winning book may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or an anthology.
  • Young adults must be the target audience, with “young adult” being defined as ages 12-18. Books written for adults are not eligible.
  • Committee members should consider “literary excellence” with regards to:
    • Story, voice, style, setting, characters, theme
    • Accuracy
    • Illustrations
    • Design (including format, organization, etc.)
  • Books must be published in the previous year (defined as January 1 to December 31).
  • Books published previously in another country are eligible, presuming an American edition has been published during the period of eligibility.
  • Works of joint authorship and editorship may be taken into consideration.
  • The award may be given posthumously, provided the book meets eligibility criteria.

Adapted from the YALSA policies and procedures for the Printz Medal (

Discussion Dates

Monday, September 17 Monday, October 15 Monday, November 5 Monday, December 17 Monday, January 7 Monday, January 21

For each of these dates, a curated list of titles has been selected for reading and discussion. However, if you read a book that meets the criteria, and would like to bring it forward for inclusion and discussion, please submit the title to Joe ( He will add it to one of the weekly discussion lists. You do not need to attend every meeting!

All discussion will take place at the Curriculum Resource Center at 3:30 PM in Room 210B. Please arrive having read at least half the books for that particular month. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to submit your reactions to the texts for consideration, please email Joe.

All books on these curated lists are available on reserve at the CRC.

On our final meeting, Monday, January 23, following the guidelines of YALSA, we will discuss all titles and cast our ballots to determine our winner (and any honors). The actual award will be announced on Monday, January 28. We will livestream the awards in the CRC that morning!

How to order books from OhioLink

If the CRC does not have a copy of the book you'd like to read, consider getting the book through OhioLink.

Here's how:

  • Conduct a title search in the CRC's OPAC
  • When the results are returned, click the blue Search OhioLink button
  • When the record for the book appears, click the green Request button
  • Select your pick-up location (Jerome Library) and enter your BGSU email address

Your book will arrive, generally, in 3-5 days.

Official participant guide

2019 Mock Printz Titles for September 17

2019 Mock Printz Titles for October 15

2019 Mock Printz Titles for November 5

2019 Mock Printz Titles for December 17

2019 Mock Printz Titles for January 7