Teens' Top Ten Participants

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens.  These 20 groups will nominate books published in a calendar year to create the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations. Then, teen voters across the country cast ballots for their favorites, creating the Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for each year's Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted online each April during National Library Week at www.ala.org/teenstopten

In addition to creating the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations, the groups also evaluate books for publishers.  More than 30 publishers provide advanced reading copies to teen book discussion groups in libraries and in exchange, teen readers evaluate them.

The 2017-2018 official book groups begin their terms in January 2017. They are:

  • ACPL Teen Advisory Board, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN, advised by Peggy Vaniman
  • Atlantic High School Book Club, Atlantic High School, Port Orange, FL, advised by Kristine Smith
  • Basalt Teen Book Club, Basalt Regional Library, Basalt CO, advised by Erin Hollingsworth
  • Blueprint, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, advised by Maricar Laudato
  • Book High, Independence High School, Frisco TX, advised by Allison Stone
  • Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel IN, advised by Hope Baugh
  • Cocoa Bar-Masterman Library Teen Advisory Board, Julia R. Masterman School, Philadelphia, PA, advised by Bernadette Kearney
  • Dusenberry-River Teen Advisory Board, Dusenberry-River Library, Tuscon, AZ, advised by Jusdina Nolin-Brown
  • Johnson County Library YAAC, Johnson County Library, Kansas, Overland Park, KS, advised by Peggy Hendershot
  • KPL Teens, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI, advised by Andrea Vernola
  • Lone Star College & Cy-Fair ISD: Books for All, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, TX, advised by Melanie Wachsmann
  • PW Book Club, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA, advised by Sara Frey
  • SJCDS Book Group, St. Johns Country Day School, Orange Park, FL, advised by Lucretia Miller
  • SMFHS Book Club, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Stow, OH, advised by Christina Getrost
  • Speak Up! Book Club, Salem Public Library, Salem, OR, advised by Sonja Somerville
  • Teen Book Club of Awesomeness, Perry Branch Library, Gilbert, AZ, advised by Jenn Lopez
  • Teen Books and Bites, Prescott Public Library, Prescott, AZ, advised by Jennifer Kendall
  • The Boise Bookmarks, Boise Public Library, Boise, ID, advised by Jennifer Wills
  • The Perks of Being a Teen Reader, Gloucester City Library, Gloucester City, NJ, advised by Alana Phelan
  • Volunteer Reading Club, Nashville, TN, advised by Beth Frerking


YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Task Force chooses new groups every two years via an application process.  This year’s members are: Chair Stacy Holbrook, Morgan Brickey, Stephanie Charlefour, Pamela Jean Penza, Dr. Karin Perry, Ramona Price and Celeste Rhoads.

For more information on the Teens’ Top Ten, including previous winners and tools for teachers, afterschool providers and library staff, please visit www.ala.org/teenstopten.  Publishers looking for other opportunities to engage with the work of YALSA can visit our Corporate and Nonprofit Opportunities page.

For questions about the Teens' Top Ten and the book groups, please contact Nichole O'Connor at noconnor@ala.org or 312.280.4387.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.