For immediate release | January 31, 2013

YALSA names 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults

SEATTLE– The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults list. The list identifies a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults ages 12-18 and is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2013 Fabulous Films for Young Adults offers 25 titles based on the theme “Survival.” The list includes films, both fiction and nonfiction, that showcase characters struggling to survive extreme situations. The complete list, including annotations, can be found at

“The committee strived to select films that would reach a variety of teens,” said Andrea Sowers, committee chair. “Over 60 titles were nominated, and we believe the list best reflects the most outstanding films that support our theme. The committee is especially pleased to have selected titles that will enhance library collections as well as support young adult programming.”

Members of the Fabulous Films for Young Adults Committee are: Andrea Sowers, chair, Joliet (Ill.) Public Library; Amy Anderson, King County Library System, Bellevue, Wash; Liz Burns, New Jersey State Library, Talking Book and Braille Center, Trenton, N.J.; Kim Christofferson, Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library; Jennifer Longee, Durham (N.C.) Academy Middle School; Kenneth Petrilli, New Rochelle (N.Y.)Public Library; and Elsworth Rockefeller, Oak Park (Ill.).

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities.

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:


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128