Encourage Summer Reading with Teens' Top Ten

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

May 18, 2007

Encourage Summer Reading with Teens' Top Ten

(CHICAGO) It’s summer reading time, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), offers a great resource for young adult librarians planning summer programs: the 2007 Teens’ Top Ten (TTT) nominees.

This year’s TTT nominees include twenty-five books released between January 2006 and March 2007 in several genres, including mysteries, science fiction, fantasies and realistic fiction. Librarians seeking new titles for readers’ advisory, collection development, or simply to give to their teens as part of summer reading programming can see the 2007 nominations at the TTT Web site at

Teens across the country are encouraged to read the nominated titles and participate in the national vote during Teen Read Week, October 14 – 20, 2007. The votes will determine the 2007 Teens’ Top Ten booklist of the best new books for young adults. TTT is the only national literary list selected and voted on entirely by teens.

TTT is a part of YALSA’s Young Adult (YA) Galley Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. Fifteen public libraries and school library media centers from across the country evaluate books from publishers; five of those groups nominate submitted books for TTT. YALSA’s YA Galley Committee chooses groups every two years; new groups will be chosen for the 2008 observance.

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