Recipients of 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/13/2017


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2017 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 50 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through generous funding from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The nominee list is comprised of 26 teen acclaimed young adult titles ranging from a multitude of different genres. 

The recipients of the giveaway are as follows:

  1. Bartz, Vicki. Ortonville (Minnesota) Public Library
  2. Batykefer, Erinn. Millvale (Pennsylvania) Community Library
  3. Bowen, Kimberly. Denison (Texas) Public Library
  4. Briggs, Krista. Canton (New York) Free Library
  5. Colby, Heather. Homer Township Public Library District; Homer Glen, Illinois
  6. Cooper, Susan. Wichita Falls (Texas) Public Library                       
  7. Daniel, Judy. Drexel (Missouri) R-IV School                                   
  8. Erwin, Laura. Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike County; Waverly, Ohio                
  9. Fitzgerald, Kelsey. Ozark Regional Library; Ironton, Missouri        
  10. Fotter, Roberta. Cibola High School Library; Albuquerque, New Mexico  
  11. Freeman, Annelise. Indio (California) High School                         
  12. Furr, Patty. Medgar Evers Library; Jackson, Mississippi                                          
  13. Gavenman, Ilene. Blanchard Community Library; Santa Paula, California
  14. Harari, Susan. Harry V. Keefe Library; Boston, Massachusetts
  15. Hicking, Marisa. Avon (Connecticut) Free Public Library
  16. Hiers, Aubrey. Otto Bruyns Public Library of Northfield (New Jersey)
  17. Jacobs, Susan. Alpena (Michigan) County George N. Fletcher Public Library        
  18. Johnson, Kyla. Farmington (New Mexico) High School
  19. Kepler, Dana. Park Hill High School; Kansas City, Missouri
  20. LaCava, Lucille. DeSoto County High School Media Center; Arcadia, Florida
  21. Loegler, Elizabeth. St. Michael Catholic High School; Fairhope, Alabama 
  22. Lohman, Tasha. Newsome High School; Lithia, Florida
  23. Magrum, Alana. Ida Rupp Public Library; Port Clinton, Ohio                     
  24. McPherson, Laura. Ashe County Public Library; West Jefferson, North Carolina
  25. Metzger, Doris Jean. Steele Memorial Library; Elmira, New York             
  26. Moe, Rebecca. Alden (New York) Ewell Free Library
  27. Morrow; Erin. Beaumont (California) Library District         
  28. Ojserkis, Amy. Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Mays Landing, New Jersey
  29. Osborne, Amanda. Pontotoc (Mississippi) Junior High School Library
  30. Otis, Emily. Anaheim (California) Public Library - Euclid Branch
  31. Proie; Becky. New Castle (Pennsylvania) Public Library
  32. Putnam, Shari. John Handley High School LMC; Winchester, Virginia
  33. Quintana, Lori. Griffin Middle School; Smyrna, Georgia
  34. Rivera, Juan. A Philip Randolph Campus High School; New York, New York
  35. Rodgers; Talissa. Union Springs (Alabama) Public Library 
  36. Rogers, Erica. Hastings (Nebraska) Public Library
  37. Rohrbach, Margaret. Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School; Coconut Creek, Florida           
  38. Satterlee, Nelda. Macksville (Kansas) High School
  39. Schmidt, Ann. Conrad Weiser High School; Robesonia, Pennsylvania
  40. Sills, Jennifer. Snow Hill (Maryland) High School Media Center
  41. Slay, Jill. Putnam City West High School; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  42. Starnes, Elizabeth. Southern High School; Harwood, Maryland
  43. Stevens, Allie. Calhoun County Library; Hampton, Arkansas
  44. Stewart, Heather. Johnsburg (Illinois) Public Library
  45. Stolarski, Ellen. Saint Marys (Pennsylvania) Area Middle School
  46. Taylor-Cloud, Kimberly. Atlanta (Georgia) Fulton Public Library - Fairburn Branch
  47. Tefft, Jessica. Branch District Library; Coldwater, Michigan
  48. Wallace, April. Riverchase Middle School Library; Birmingham, Alabama
  49. Ward, Tina. Evergreen Park (Illinois) Community High School      
  50. Welz, Krista. North Bergen (New Jersey) High School Media Center

With the collection of new titles, libraries can further enrich their young adult collection and attract teens to the library in hopes of fostering positive literacies habits in teens. 

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens everywhere can nominate their favorite titles to become the official nominees of the upcoming Teens' Top Ten. Nominations are posted in April during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year between August 15 and the close of Teen Read Week™.

For more information, ideas, and resources for libraries to incorporate the Teens’ Top Ten into summer learning programs, download the free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.  

A digital image of a Teens’ Top Ten seal for nominated titles is available to publishers for licensing.  Arrangements can be made through ALA's Rights and Permissions office for publishers who need permission to reproduce the seal on a paperback edition or book jacket. Contact or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: