Young Adult Library Services Association

YALSA names 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.

The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The full list can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.

Tate, Castellano and Lancaster receive YALSA’s Conference Scholarship Grants

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded the 2015 Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants to Alicia Tate and Lisa Castellano. The Dorothy Broderick Student Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Lancaster. Each will receive up to $1,000 to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this summer.

YALSA names 2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list.

The list is aimed for young adults ages 12-18 and is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The full list can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/amazing-audiobooks.

New YALSA publication, Teen Services 101 on sale now

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has released a new publication titled, Teen Services 101: A Practical Guide for Busy Library Staff, written by Megan Fink.

The new and down-to-earth publication aims to give library staff who are new or simply unfamiliar with serving teen patrons a realistic guide that can help them efficiently and effectively reach this segment of the community.

YALSA names 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

CHICAGO —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection list. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for any reason.

YALSA names 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

CHICAGO -- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA). This year’s list of 58 books was selected from a group of 113 official nominations.

'Gabi, a Girl in Pieces' wins 2015 William C. Morris Award

CHICAGO – “Gabi, a Girl in Pieces” written by Isabel Quintero, has been named the 2015 winner of the William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. The award was presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 in Chicago.

Sharon M. Draper wins 2015 Edwards Award for 'Tears of a Tiger,' 'Forged by Fire,' 'Darkness Before Dawn,' 'The Battle of Jericho,' 'November Blues' and 'Copper Sun'

CHICAGO – Sharon M. Draper is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for “Tears of a Tiger”; “Forged by Fire”; “Darkness Before Dawn”; “The Battle of Jericho”; “November Blues” and “Copper Sun.” The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the award today at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 in Chicago.

Live Oak Media wins 2015 Odyssey Award for 'H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination'

CHICAGO – Live Oak Media, producer of the audiobook, “H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination” has won the 2015 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. The award announcement was made today during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 in Chicago.

'I’ll Give You the Sun' wins 2015 Printz Award

CHICAGO – “I’ll Give You the Sun,”written by Jandy Nelson published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company, has won the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) today announced the winner during the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held Jan. 30 – Feb. 3 in Chicago.

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