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Corporate Sponsors


AudioGO is a leading publisher of unabridged audiobooks and radio dramatizations for adults, teens and children. Authors we carry include Lisi Harrison, Irene Hunt, Laini Taylor, James Patterson, Lois Duncan, Agatha Christie and Dick King-Smith. AudioGO is a 2012 Teen Tech Week sponsor.

Best Buy Mobile

Best Buy and YALSA are partnering to administer donations that will expand programs and improve digital services for teens in libraries across the country.  In 2013 when Best Buy Mobile –specialty stores offering smartphones, tablets and services –  opened new locations in the United States, YALSA identified a nearby public or school library to receive a $2,000 donation from Best Buy to fund digital library resources for teens. For more information about the project, read the press release.  In 2014 the Best Buy Foundation provided support to YALSA for Teen Tech Week.  For more information on Best Buy Mobile, visit www.bestbuy.com/mobilestores. For information on Best Buy in the community, visit http://pr.bby.com/community-relations/overview/. 

Candlewick Press

Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Candlewick Press publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages. Candlewick Press is 100 percent owned and operated by our employees, making us one of the largest independent publishing companies, not just in the country, but in the world. Our independence and passion translates into the highest-quality books possible for you, our discriminating readers -- the teachers, librarians, parents, and of course, children of all ages -- who have learned to expect a truly wonderful book wherever the Candlewick logo appears. Learn more at www.candlewick.com. Candlewick was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.

Chafie Press

Chafie Press is a publisher for the changing world. We are dedicated to cultivating talent and building authors’ careers from the ground up, as well as embracing technology and utilizing it to take our projects above and beyond the norm. Chafie Press was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.

Chronicle Books

Chronical Books is inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books. Its objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs its business relationships and endeavors, be they with customers, authors, vendors, or colleagues. Chronicle Books was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.

Carolrhoda Lab

Carolrhoda Lab is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens and their sympathizers. Carolrhoda Lab™ probes and examines the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity to explore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition. Adolescence is an experience we share and a condition from which some of us never quite recover. All of us at Carolrhoda Lab™ are proud to proclaim our lifelong adolescence and our commitment to publishing exceptional fiction about the teenage experience. Carolrhoda Lab was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.


Figment is an online community where young adults and teens come together to create, discover, and share new reading and writing.  Figment is also an innovative, exciting teaching tool, already being used in classrooms, libraries, and other educational settings around the country to inspire and engage young readers and writers. Figment.com is  a 2012 Teen Tech Week sponsor.

Galaxy Press

Galaxy Press is the publisher of a new line of fiction called Stories from the Golden Age, a line of 80 books and audiobooks by New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. Find a variety of stories to captivate young adult readers whatever their taste in storytelling—ranging from fantasy and science fiction, to mystery and thriller, and even western.Each book contains a glossary of cultural and historical terms to increase vocabulary and reading comprehension. Each book also available as a multicast, unabridged audiobook, with sound effects so real, you'll think you are really there. Galaxy Press was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.

Lerner Publishing Group

Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers with more than 4,000 books in print. For more than 50 years, we've created nonfiction and fiction books for pre-school to young adult readers and for libraries, classrooms, and homes across the country. Lerner was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor.

Peachtree Publishers

Peachtree Publishers is an independently owned trade publisher specializing in quality children’s books, from children's fiction and non-fiction picture books for children 2-12, juvenile chapter books, and young adult fiction and non-fiction; and consumer references in health, education, and parenting. Our mission is to create books that captivate and educate young and old alike. Peachtree Publishers is a 2012 Teen Tech Week sponsor.

Penguin Young Readers Group

Penguin Young Readers Group is a global leader in children's publishing, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to Laurie Halse Anderson, Frank Beddor, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. Penguin was a 2011 Teen Read Week sponsor, and sponsored the 2011 YA Authors Coffee Klatch and 2012 Midwinter Best Fiction for  Young Adults Teen Participant Luncheon.


Tutor.com is the #1 provider of innovative, on-demand homework help, tutoring and career services that connects students of all ages to a professional tutor online the moment they need help in math, science, social studies or English. Our network of over 2,000 professional tutors has delivered more than 6 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. Tutor.com is a 2012 Teen Tech Week sponsor.

World Wrestling Entertainment

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. can be found at corporate.wwe.com. World Wrestling Entertainment has sponsored the WrestleMania Reading Challenge with YALSA since 2006.

Foundations and Nonprofits

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 9,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — lessons that can be learned nowhere else.

Audio Publishers Association

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade association that advocates the common, collective business interests of audio publishers. The APA consists of audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors, and retailers of spoken word products and allied fields related to the production, distribution and sale of audiobooks.

Association of Rural and Small Libraries

YALSA will work with ARSL on the Future Ready with the Library project from 2016 - 2018, which will provide funds for YALSA and ARSL to train small, rural and tribal library staff in providing college and career readiness services for and with the middle schoolers in their communities.

Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums

The Coalition's goal is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Learn more by reading the Coalition's Joint Strategy Folio (.pdf) or by visiting http://coalitiontoadvancelearning.org/

Connected Learning Research Network

The network’s research is geared towards understanding the opportunities and risks for learning afforded by today's changing media ecology, as well as building new learning environments that support effective learning and educational equity. Its work focuses on a model of learning -- connected learning -- that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational opportunity for all. More information on the Connected Learning Research Network is available at: clrn.dmlhub.net. More information on the MacArthur Foundation’s digital media and learning initiative can be found at: macfound.org/education.

Digital Learning Day/Alliance for Excellent Education

Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. On the first Digital Learning Day, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students encouraged the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, or focusing on how digital tools can help improve student outcomes.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Funds generously provided by DGLF support YALSA's efforts to expand libraries' capacity to increase teen literacy levels in their communities.  Read the 2014 report for more details.  Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,900 neighborhood stores in 39 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $64.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 3.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.  YALSA was most recently awarded funding from Dollar General in 2014.  For details, see the press release.  Check out these videos, which talk about the different projects funded by Dollar General and administered by YALSA:

  • This video features librarians talking about the impact of the Teen Read Week Activity Grant
  • In this video, a teen who was hired as part of YALSA's Teen Summer Intern grants, talks about what the experience meant to her
  • YALSA's Summer Reading Resources grants are featured in this video
  • This video from ALA provides an overview of four different projects that Dollar General supports, including YALSA's


HASTAC ("haystack") is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer us for shaping how we learn, teach, communicate, create, and organize our local and global communities.  We are motivated by the conviction that the digital era provides rich opportunities for informal and formal learning and for collaborative, networked research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the "two cultures" of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.

Inspire USA

Working directly with teens and young adults, Inspire USA designs and delivers innovative technology-based services that promote mental health and prevent suicide. ReachOut.com is the Inspire USA Foundation’s primary online platform and avenue of outreach.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS has previously funded YALSA's YA Forum project and is also funding YALSA's Future Ready with the Library project from 2016 - 2018, which will provide funds for YALSA and ARSL to train small, rural and tribal library staff in providing college and career readiness services for and with the middle schoolers in their communities.

MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

Margaret A. Edwards Trust

The Margaret A. Edwards Trust supports literature initiatives aimed at encouraging young adults to read for fun. Edwards, known as Alex by her friends, pioneered young adult services, working as a librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md., for more than 30 years.

Mozilla Foundation

The Mozilla Foundation was established in July 2003 as a California not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the public benefit.


TeenInk is a national teen magazine, book, and Web site featuring teen writing, information, art, photos, poetry, teen issues, and more. All articles are written by teen authors who are students at K–12 schools. The monthly print magazine is appropriate for teenagers ages thirteen to nineteen attending secondary school: junior high school, middle school, and high school. TeenInk was established in 1989 as The 21st Century magazine by The Young Authors Foundation, a nonprofit organization. More than 25,000 teens have published in the magazine and its companion, Poetry Journals.

ALA Partners


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service. ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.

ALA Editions

ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats.

ALA Graphics

ALA Graphics supports the ALA mission through the creation and distribution of quality products promoting libraries, literacy, lifelong learning, and reading. ALA Graphics develops products based on customer need, including products that support the key action areas of the Association: diversity, education and continued learning, equity of access, intellectual freedom, and 21st -century literacy. ALA Graphics is the unique source of the celebrity and character READ posters and related items. Additionally, ALA Graphics supports many ALA Divisions and Offices, including YALSA, ALSC, PIO, and OIF, through campaign partnerships that feature promotional materials for events such as Banned Books Week, National Library Week, Teen Read Week, Teen Tech Week, and Dia. ALA Graphics has established itself as the preferred source for promotional materials for librarians in all types of libraries, teachers, and other library and literacy advocates.