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 (formerly known as the WashYARG Young Adult Reader’s Choice 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 April 1st each year. Readers may vote online, by mailing in a ballot, or by returning a ballot to their closest library. The winner is announced by mid-April.
We encourage teachers and librarians to use the Evergreen nominees list as a source for recommended reading and to help their students fulfill required independent reading assignments as pleasurably as possible. We also hope that through this award process more and more teens will discover the opportunity to voice their opinions to librarians and to publishers.