Share your Teen Read Week ideas with YALSA and get a free book at ALA's Annual Conference!

Contact: Nichole Gilbert

Program Officer

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2005

Share your Teen Read Week ideas with YALSA and get a free book at ALA's Annual Conference!

CHICAGO – Kids Can Press, an official sponsor of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Teen Read Week celebration, will donate one hardcover copy of “The Mob” by Clem Martini to the first 300 people to visit the YALSA Membership Booth at the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference.

Those who want to receive books from Kids Can Press must visit YALSA's Membership Booth, located on level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in McCormick Place Convention Center, and share how they plan to celebrate Teen Read week, October 16 – 22, 2005. Members and nonmembers of YALSA are eligible to participate in this offer, and those who wish to join the association can find membership information at:

"We know that there are many librarians and teachers doing great things to encourage teens to read for the fun of it, and we'd like to hear about them so that we can help spread the word about these successes,” said YALSA President David Mowery. “That is why we're excited to announce that Kids Can Press is offering free books to the first 300 individuals who tell us about their plans for Teen Read Week 2005 at ALA's Annual Conference."

Established in 1973, Kids Can Press is a leading publisher of books for children and young adults. With a mission to create books that inform, delight and challenge, Kids Can Press has earned an international reputation for its outstanding non-fiction, picture book and YA fiction titles. Visit them on the web at

"Kids Can Press salutes YALSA and all the work they do with teens to promote reading,” said Fred Horler, Director of Institutional Marketing for Kids Can Press. “We are very pleased to be a sponsor of Teen Read Week and encourage all librarians and teachers to get involved. What better way to advocate reading than to turn it into a celebration!”

Now in its eighth year, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of YALSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The number of school library media centers, public libraries and bookstores that celebrate Teen Read Week has grown steadily over the years. In 2004, over 1,300 participants registered on the Teen Read Week Web site (

The Teen Read Week Web site, includes annotated lists of recommended reading for teens; tips for planning and promoting Teen Read Week events locally; Teen Read Week products available for purchase; links to the Teens' Top Ten, a list of book favorites chosen by teens; professional resources for librarians, teachers and parents and more. This year, participants who officially register for Teen Read Week on the Web site can download the Get Real! @ your library logo.

Kids Can Press, Lerner Publishing Group and Scholastic, Inc. are Classic Sponsors of Teen Read Week. Orca Book Publishers and Pam Spencer Holley are official Friends of Teen Read Week. Teen Read Week's nonprofit supporting organizations include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, KIDSNET, Kids Care, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English,, National Education Association, National School Board Association, PBS, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association,
TeenInk and The N/Noggin.

For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.