For immediate release | September 10, 2010

Teen Read Week registration closes Sept. 20

CHICAGO — Registration for Teen Read Week™, the annual celebration of teen literacy sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) ends on Sept. 20. Teen Read Week 2010 is held Oct. 17-23 and will be celebrated with a theme of Books with Beat @ your library®, which encourages teens to read poetry, audio books, books about music and more, for the fun of it. Registration is free and available at

Librarians who register by Sept. 20 will enjoy the following registration benefits:

  • All registrants will receive a free trial of TeenInk for a limited time, courtesy of nonprofit supporter, TeenInk.

  • All registrants will be entered to win one of four prize packs from Cinco Puntos, including "Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood" (autographed), "He Forgot to Say Goodbye" (autographed), "Last Night I Sang to the Monster" (autographed) and "Pitch Black."

  • All registrants will be entered to win one of five full sets of Carolrhoda Lab’s fall 2010 launch list, which includes "Draw the Dark" by Ilsa J. Bick, "The Absolute Value of -1" by Steve Brezenoff, "The Freak Observer" by Blythe Woolston, and "Traitor" by Gudrun Pausewang.

  • All registrants will win a collection of 25 T-rated manga titles from Viz Media's Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat lines.

  • All registrants will be directed to a website where they can download the 2010 Teen Read Week theme logo.

Teen Read Week will be celebrated in thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores throughout the country. Librarians, educators and booksellers who plan to participate in Teen Read Week can use resources at the Teen Read Week website — including press release templates and PSAs, activity ideas, a list of professional materials to aid in planning and official Teen Read Week products from ALA Graphics — to plan special events and services during the annual celebration.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at, or by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

Teen Read Week promotional partners are ALA Graphics, Bloomsbury, Carolrhoda Lab, Cincos Puntos, Free Spirit Publishing, Random House, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Tor Teen, and Viz Media.

Nonprofit supporting organizations include, the American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, International Reading Association, Kidsnet, Kids Care, Los Angeles Young Adult Authors, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, readergirlz,, Speak Up Press, Swept Away TV/The Rock Star Stories, and TeenInk.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn