Recipients of 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway announced

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/01/2018


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 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 50 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through generous funding from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The nominee list is comprised of 25 teen acclaimed young adult titles ranging from a multitude of different genres. 

The recipients of the giveaway are as follows:

  1. Andrews, Ann. BF Jones Memorial Library; Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  2. Baird, Zahra. Crestwood Library; Yonkers, New York
  3. Bairos, Christine. Old Saybrook (Connecticut) High School
  4. Balcom, Diane. North Tonawanda (New York) High School Library
  5. Bearre, Denise. Alcona County Library; Harrisville, Michigan
  6. Beecher, Louise. Bassick High School Library; Bridgeport, Connecticut
  7. Bengtson, Katherine. Bill Memorial Library; Groton, Connecticut
  8. Brickey, Morgan. Arlington (Texas) Public Library
  9. Carpenter, Terri. Vineland (New Jersey) Public Library
  10. Chandler, Devera. Oglethorpe County Library; Lexington, Georgia
  11. Christopherson, Sara. Grantsburg (Wisconsin) Public Library
  12. Connolly, Andrea. Jaffrey (New Hampshire) Public Library
  13. Cooke-Kearney, Bernadette. Julia R. Masterman School; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  14. Cotton, Bethaney. St. Regis Falls (New York) Central School District High School Library
  15. Daniels, Stephanie. Hartford (Michigan) Public Library
  16. Dickey, Shirley. Clear Lake High School; Houston, Texas
  17. Eng, Mamie. Henry Waldinger Memorial Library; Valley Stream, New York
  18. Erwin, Laura. Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library; Gallipolis, Ohio
  19. Evans, Holly. Nichols (South Carolina) Branch Library
  20. Fisher, Betsy. Independence (Kansas) Public Library
  21. Fox, Janis. Thomasville (North Carolina) Middle School Media Center
  22. George, Tricia. Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library
  23. Gordon, Patricia. Eastside High School Library; Paterson, New Jersey
  24. Griffith, Jenna. Marion (Illinois) High School
  25. Hall, Steven. Russell J. Ribb Library - La Puente (California) High School
  26. Helmick, Samantha. Burlington (Iowa) Public Library
  27. Jackson, Samantha. Algoma (Wisconsin) Public Library
  28. Jarvis, Madeline. Marion (Iowa) Public Library
  29. Johnson, Jeanette. Oak Avenue Intermediate School; Temple City, California
  30. Kesseler, Nisa. Petoskey (Michigan) District Library
  31. Laflamme, Eleanor. Provo Canyon School; Spanish Fork, Utah
  32. Larkin, Jennifer. EO Smith High School; Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
  33. Laudato, Maricar. Santa Margarita (California) Catholic High School
  34. Lesniak, Michelle. South Butler Community Library; Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
  35. Lippoldt, Elizabeth. St. Charles (Missouri) City-County Library, on behalf of St. Charles Juvenile Justice Center; Kathryn Linnemann Library Branch
  36. Mayfield, Pattie. Bertha Voyer Memorial Library; Honey Grove, Texas
  37. McClelland, Jessica. Citizens Library; Washington, Pennsylvania
  38. McMahon, Bob. Oshkosh (Wisconsin) North High School
  39. Ojserkis, Amy. Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Mays Landing, New Jersey
  40. Pieper, Susan. Paulding (Ohio) County Carnegie Library
  41. Putnam, Sharin. John Handley High School Library Media Center; Winchester, Virginia
  42. Rodgers, Camille. Pontotoc (Mississippi) High School Library
  43. Rogers, Jenny. West Polk Public Library; Benton, Tennessee
  44. Sens, Justine. Moss Point (Mississippi) High School
  45. Stewart, Heather. Johnsburg (Illinois) Public Library
  46. Svoboda, Julie. Comsewogue High School - Library Media Center; Port Jefferson Station, New York
  47. Thompson, Jacqueline. DeWitt (Michigan) District Library
  48. Welz, Krista. North Bergen (New Jersey) High School Media Center
  49. Whittall, Colleen. Saratoga Springs (New York) Public Library
  50. Yager, Lauren Ellice. Eula Dees Memorial Library at Northeast Mississippi Community College

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.

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: