Jefferson Cup Committee

2020 Jefferson Cup Winners and Honor Books Announced

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Want to help choose the 2021 winners?

Download the application for the 2021 committee and e-mail it to Jefferson Cup Chair Helen Hyde Hinkle.

 2020 Committee Member Roster


The Jefferson Cup Committee is looking for new members for 2020.  Please read a committee description and application.

The Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Jefferson Cup Award Winners and Honor Books

For Authors: How to submit a book for consideration

About the Jefferson Cup Committee

The Jefferson Cup honors two distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history books for children and young adults. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people and to recognize authors in these disciplines. Read more and see previous winners here.

The Jefferson Cup Committee selects the winning titles. The committee has ten members: a chairperson and vice-chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each VLA region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the past chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee and the outgoing chairperson of Youth Services Forum. All committee members must be members of VLA. Members may be employed by public libraries, schools or any type or bookstores; they may also be unemployed or retired.

Get Involved

You may nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration. Persons selected must be willing to commit a large amount of personal time to read and evaluate books; committee members may receive over 200 titles. Members will also have to attend daytime meetings (up to seven, usually held in Charlottesville). Persons who serve on the committee should be knowledgeable of literature for young people and have book evaluation experience. Jefferson Cup Committee members are expected to present programs at the annual VLA and, possibly, VAASL conferences, so a supervisor must sign this application, indicating he or she will allow the person to attend the conferences and will assist with the member’s expenses. When the committee is seeking new members, an announcement will be made on