YALSA seeks teen book groups for Teens’ Top Ten project

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2012

Contact:

Beth Anne Yoke
Executive Director I
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
800-545-2433 ext.4391
byoke@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting applications from young adult book discussion groups that wish to be part of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten project. The application forms, which must be submitted by a book group advisor who is a current YALSA member, are posted on YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten site, www.ala.org/teenstopten. Applications are due to YALSA by Aug. 1 and must be submitted electronically.

Teens’ Top Ten is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide galleys of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers. At the end of the year, the selected book groups vote to determine the 25 nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten annual poll, which is open online to all teens. Teens across the country will choose their favorite books of the year by voting on these nominations, with the winners announced during Teen Read Week™.

The Teens’ Top Ten committee will select 15 groups. Each selected group will serve a two-year term beginning in January 2013. These groups will nominate titles for the 2013 and 2014 Teens’ Top Ten.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.