Outstanding Pennsylvania Author and/or Illustrator

The Outstanding Pennsylvania Author and/or Illustrator Award recognizes an author and/or illustrator who has made a notable contribution to the field of literature for youth.

Distinguished Service Award
PSLA Presidential Award
Outstanding Pennsylvania Author and/or Illustrator
Outstanding School Administrator (Building or District)
Outstanding Pennsylvania School Library
Pennsylvania School Library Innovators
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program

2020 Recipient: Laurie Halse Anderson 

Author Laurie Halse Anderson has been awarded multiple impressive honors and accolades for the more than thirty books she has written, which range from picture books to young adult literature and include both fiction and nonfiction. These awards include, to mention just a few: National Book Award finalist, the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature, and being short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. Laurie has lived in Pennsylvania at many times throughout her life, and many of her books are set in Pennsylvania of the present or the past.  In addition to writing and researching these many acclaimed books, Laurie also is a leader and activist in fighting both censorship and sexual assault. Her identities as activist and author are intrinsically intertwined, and she invites and inspires all to join her in speaking up and out.

Previous Outstanding PA Authors and/or Illustrators Award Winners



  • Members of the Awards Committee, PSLA Board of Directors, and/or elected officers of PSLA are not eligible to apply.
  • The nominee must be a present or former Pennsylvania resident or whose work represents or reflects Pennsylvania.
  • The nominee's body of work must show evidence of substantial and lasting impact on children or young adult literature.
  • Nominations for all awards must be completed by a current PSLA member.

 Nomination deadline: September 30th

Nomination Form and Scoring Rubric
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If you have any questions, please contact the Awards Committee Chair ([email protected]).