The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.
When the ALA announcements were made last Monday about the children's book awards, my name was announced as the winner, for the book THE GIVER, of the Margaret Edwards Award. The award came into existence in the 1980's but was re-named, in 1990, for Margaret Edwards, who was, back in the 1930s I believe, the librarian who first paid real attention to books that would matter in the lives of adolescents.
I was somewhat distracted, immediately after the announcement, by the sudden death of one of my closest friends. But now as life settles and continues, I do want to mention how gratifying it is to have been chosen for this honor. Many friends and acquaintances have sent congratulatory notes, and there have been bouquets of flowers..and a box of chocolates!...from several publishers...plus an amazing gift that I won't attempt to describe but will, when I get a chance, photograph, just so you can get a glimpse.
In the meantime, here is a glimpse of Margaret Edwards herself, who looks like someone I wish i had known.