YALSA announces publication of “Best Books for Young Adults,” 3rd editio

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

August 21, 2007

YALSA announces publication of

“Best Books for Young Adults,” 3rd edition

CHICAGO - The third edition of “Best Books for Young Adults,” edited by Holly Koelling and published by ALA Editions, is now available, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“Best Books for Young Adults” will quickly prove itself to be an invaluable, comprehensive resource for those in public and school libraries who serve teens, as well as an excellent tool for readers’ advisory and collection development. “Best Books for Young Adults” includes annotated lists of the best young adult books extending back to 1966, indexed by author and title and 27 themed and annotated lists in easily reproducible formats. In addition, readers will appreciate the book’s discussion of the history of the Best Books for Young Adults lists, analysis of the lists’ content from 2000 to 2006 and reflections on current trends in teen literature.

The Best Books for Young Adults booklist is produced annually by YALSA. The 2008 list will be published in January; nominations for the 2008 list can be found on the YALSA Web site at

Koelling, current chair of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults selection committee, is the outreach services manager for the King County Library System in Washington state.

“Best Books for Young Adults,” 3rd edition, edited by Holly Koelling for YALSA with foreword by Betty Carter (ISBN: 0-8389-3569-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3569-9) costs $42 ($37.80 for ALA members). It can be purchased through the ALA Store at
www.alastore.ala.org or by calling 1-866-SHOP-ALA.

For 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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: