For immediate release | November 6, 2012

YALSA announces new Teens' Top Ten groups

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 16 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens. These 16 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 three favorites, creating the Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted on Support Teen Literature Day, April 19 at

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 2013-2014 official book groups begin their terms in January 2013. They are:

  • BHS Book Club, Barrington (Ill.) High School, advised by Janet Anderson and Jennifer Walsh
  • Book Hook, Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, Md., advised by Caroline Barlow
  • Bookhype, Perry Branch Library/Perry High School, Gilbert, Ariz., advised by Allison Burke
  • Bookmarked, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, La., advised by Elizabeth Kahn
  • CCHS YA Galley Group, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School, advised by Robin Cicchetti
  • Greene Teens Review Board, Springfield-Greene (Mo.) County Library, advised by Sarah Bean Thompson
  • HCRHS Bookworms, Hunterdon Central Regional HS, Flemington, N.J., advised by Marci Zane and Karen Malzone
  • Interesting Reader Society (IRS), Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, Colo., advised by Diane Tuccillo & Sue-Ellen Jones
  • McReaders, Oakridge Middle School, Clover, S.C., advised by Kathy Corbiere
  • Mount Carmel Academy Book Club, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, advised by Terri Rousey and Tracey Couret
  • PPL Teen Book Club, Prescott (Ariz.) Public Library, advised by Jennifer Kendall
  • Read, Read, and Read Some More, Milton (Vt.) Middle School and High School, advised by Owen McDermott
  • The TABbler, La Vista (Neb.) Public Library, advised by Lindsey Tomsu
  • Teen Book Posse, TAB, and Q Club, Kitsap Regional Library, Wash., advised by Stefanie Graen
  • Teens Know Best, Metropolitan State University and St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library, advised by Adela Peskorz and Marika Staloch
  • Young Adult Advisory Councils, Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kan., advised by Kate McNair

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Task Force chooses new groups every two years. This year’s members are: Chair Elizabeth Hanisian, Kathryn Bradley, Debbie Fisher, Clara Hendricks, Joella Peterson, Sara Ray and Kristen Thorp.

For more information on the Teens’ Top Ten, including previous winners and tools for teachers and librarians, please visit

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks 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 at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or by email at


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128