For immediate release | February 8, 2012

Celebrate the best teen reading of 2012 with YALSA’s Best of the Best

CHICAGO — Librarians, educators, parents, teens and other young adult literature enthusiasts looking for the best teen books and media of 2012 can find them online at YALSA’s new Best of the Best website, In addition to lists of YALSA’s awards and top ten lists, the Best of the Best homepage includes promotional tools featuring the award-winning 2012 books.

The Best of the Best includes:

  • A complete list of all of YALSA’s book and media award winners, including the Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey and Printz Awards.
  • The Top Ten lists from YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
  • Tools for librarians to promote the awards, including logos to use on websites, print projects and social media; customizable bookmarks for all of the awards and Top Ten lists; and bookplates and spine labels for librarians to print and apply to 2012 Best of the Best designees.

Funding to produce the marketing materials for the Best of the Best comes from YALSA’S Morris Endowment. Established by the late William C. Morris, a publishing executive who championed libraries, the Bill Morris Endowment supports reading initiatives at YALSA.

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,