houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections. Learn more about the Kaywell Award below.
The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public according to the policies and procedures established by the Department.
The Kaywell Award, originally given by the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE) and now part of the Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature in Special Collections at the University of South Florida, is given to the book that best represents an adolescent’s overcoming a situation–not of his or her own making—in such a way to provide significant insight and hope to a reader. It was named in honor of Dr. Joan F. Kaywell, a professor of English Education at USF and long-time leader in the Council. Dr. Kaywell gave the inaugural awards to representative authors who write books that save lives to Laurie Halse Anderson & Chris Crutcher in 2012 and then to Ellen Hopkins & Walter Dean Myers in 2013. The first book to receive the award is Lesléa Newman’s October Mourning.
2018 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award
- Memory of Light by Francisco Stork
- The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
- Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
2017 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award
- Positive by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin (HarperCollins)
- Punch Like a Girl by Karen Krossing (Orca Book Publishers)
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
2016 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking/Penguin)
- The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan)
- A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt (Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan)
2015 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award
- Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
- FreakBoy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan)
- Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
2014 Joan F. Kaywell Books Save Lives Award
- October Mourning by Lesléa Newman (Candlewick)
- The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson (Peachtree)
- Runaway Girl by Carissa Phelps (Viking/Penguin)