YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

About the Teens' Top Ten  I  TTT Nominees  I  Previous Winners  I  Promoting the TTT  I  About YA Galley

YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners.  Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists.  This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.


About the Teens' Top Ten #yalsaTTT

teens' top tenThe Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15-October 12 here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the following week after.

Teens' Top Ten Book Groups

Learn more about how you can apply to participate in the Teens' Top Ten book groups here.  Applications for the next set of TTT groups will open in August 2020!

Meet the 2019 - 2020 Teens' Top Ten book groups, who will choose the nominees for the next two years.

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See all the Teens' Top Ten books, plus titles from YALSA's other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.


2020 Teens' Top Ten Official Nominees


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* Denotes that a book is also available in e-book format. 

  1. #MurderFunding* (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil. Freeform/Disney Book Group. 9781368026277.
  2. Are You Listening?* by Tillie Walden. First Second/Macmillan. 9781250207562.
  3. Aurora Rising* by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s Books/Penguin Random House. 9781524720995.
  4. The Beast Player* by Nahoko Uehashi. Translated by Cathy Hirano. Godwin Books/Macmillan. 9781250307460.
  5. Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Illustrated by Frances Castle. Candlewick Press. 9781536209419.
  6. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection* by Victoria Aveyard. HarperTeen/ HarperCollins Publishers. 9780062423023.
  7. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic* by Sam Quinones. Bloomsbury Press. 9781620402528.
  8. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager* by Ben Philippe. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers. 9780062824110.
  9. Frankly in Love* by David Yoon. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House. 9781984812209.
  10. The Grace Year* by Kim Liggett. Wednesday Books/Macmillan. 9781250145444.
  11. Last Bus to Everland* by Sophie Cameron. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. 9781250149930.
  12. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me* by Mariko Tamaki. Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. First Second/Macmillan. 9781626722590.
  13. Lovely War* by Julie Berry. Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House. 9780451469939.
  14. The Memory Thief* by Lauren Mansy. Blink Publishing/HarperCollins Publishing. 9780310767657.
  15. My Ideal Boyfriend is a Croissant* by Laura Dockrill. Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books/Penguin Random House. 9781984849281.
  16. Opposite of Always* by Justin A. Reynolds. Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. 9780062748386.
  17. Pumpkinheads* by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second/Macmillan. 9781626721623.
  18. Stolen Time (Dark Stars #1)* by Danielle Rollins. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. 9780062679949.
  19. Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon* by Mary Fan. Page Street Kids/ Page Street Publishing. 9781624147333.
  20. These Witches Don’t Burn* by Isabel Sterling. Razorbill/Penguin Random House. 9780451480323.
  21. Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World* by Jeff Henigson. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House. 9780525647904.
  22. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)* by Rainbow Rowell. Wednesday Books/Macmillan. 9781250146076.
  23. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya)* by Hafsah Faizal. Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. 9780374311544.
  24. Wilder Girls* by Rory Power. Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books/Penguin Random House. 9780525645580.
  25. With the Fire on High* by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers. 9780062662835.

Previous Winners

2019 Teens' Top Ten

2018 Teens' Top Ten

2017 Teens' Top Ten

2016 Teens' Top Ten

2015 Teens' Top Ten

2014 Teens' Top Ten

2013 Teens' Top Ten

2012 Teens' Top Ten

2011 Teens' Top Ten

2010 Teens' Top Ten

2009 Teens' Top Ten

2008 Teens' Top Ten

2007 Teens' Top Ten

2006 Teens' Top Ten

2005 Teens' Top Ten

2004 Teens' Top Ten

2003 Teens' Top Ten

Promoting the Teens' Top Ten

See our guide to promoting the Teens' Top Ten books and voting for the Teens' Top Ten in your library.

Download the Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (Word doc)

About YA Galley

Teens' Top Ten (TTT) is part of YA Galley, in which teen book groups led by YALSA members receive galleys from publishes throughout the year. Learn more about YA Galley and the fifteen participating libraries on our YA Galley Participants page or contact Nichole O'Connor at noconnor@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

Curious? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about the Teens' Top Ten!