Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners

About the Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners
To provide reading recommendations to students of all ages who plan to continue their education beyond high school.

Administered by:

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) logo

Award and Frequency

Every 5 years basis.

Application Instructions

Nominations will be accepted from committee members and the field. Field nominations must be seconded by a committee member.

Contact Information

Dr. Wendy S. Stephens (Chair, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Ms. Aimee J. Allison (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Mrs. Lisa Castellano (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Heather Christensen (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Emery Courtney (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Ms. Katherine Covintree (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Mrs. Beth A. Davis (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Ms. Maryam Khorasani (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Ellen McTyre (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Kameron Ray Morton (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Dr. Elizabeth E. Nelson (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Cathy Rettberg (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Sarah Rosenkrantz (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Mrs. Jill Ellen Varns (Virtual Member, May 1, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Mrs. Victoria A. Finney (Board Liaison, November 13, 2023, to April 30, 2024)
Alena Rivers (Staff Liaison, December 8, 2023, to December 31, 2026) - arivers@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-5866
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

The lists are primarily intended for students in grades 9-12 who wish to enrich and strengthen their knowledge of various subject areas in both classic and contemporary literature. The lists can be used both by students wishing to round out their reading before entering college and by those taking college entrance examinations such as the ACT and SAT. The lists can also be used by young adults and adults who are lifelong learners wishing to increase or update their knowledge of literature in areas covered by the lists.