YALSA Book and Media Awards and Lists for Libraries

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While these books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.  For recommended media, such as apps, visit the YALSAblog and ALA TechSource.  Also, check out AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. For more in-depth information about library collections for and with teens, visit the Collections & Content Curation page on YALSA's wiki.

Book Awards

Learn more about the Alex Awards, Edwards Award, Morris Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, and Printz Award and read speeches from winners

Selected Book & Media Lists

Learn more about YALSA's Book and Media Lists, including Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Fabulous Films for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Readers' Choice, and the Teens' Top Ten.

Reads 4 Teens

Each year we take all of our recommended titles and remix them into downloadable brochures and bookmarks that you can share with your teen patrons and students.

Teen Book Finder App

Find YALSA's latest award-winning books and media and selected lists wherever you are with this app, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Best of the Best

Download bookmarks and other materials, as well as a full list of YALSA's best reading for teens as published each year, to promote teen reading in your community.

Committee Contacts

Publishers interested in submitting books for consideration for a YALSA award or selected list can access committee member rosters online or contact Nichole O'Connor for assistance.

Suggest a Title

To suggest a title for YALSA's committees to consider, click on the link above for the particular award or list you're interested in.  Note: publishers and authors may not suggest a title and a nomination is only official when it is accepted and seconded by the committee.

Use and Reproduction of YALSA's Awards and Lists

YALSA’s lists of recommended reading may be reproduced under "fair use" standards. As stated in Section 107 of The Copyright Act of 1976, factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

Recommended Reading for Children

The Association for Library Service to Children administers book awards and creates lists of recommended reading for pre-school and elementary aged youth, which can be accessed on their web site: