YALSA announces Teens’ Top Ten Nominations

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

April 17, 2009

CHICAGO - Nominations for the annual Teens’ Top Ten are now available at
www.ala.org/teenstopten, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). YALSA encourages teens to read the 25 nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place during Teen Read WeekÔ, October 18-24 — 25 weeks from now.

The Teens' Top Ten is a teen choice list, in which teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of the YA Galley Group — teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country. Teen book groups for YA Galley are chosen every two years; applications will be accepted in spring 2010.

Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week. The 10 nominations that receive the most votes during Teen Read Week will be named the official Teens' Top Ten. Nominated titles were published between January 2008 and March 15, 2009.

“The Teens’ Top Ten is the only YALSA list that is created entirely by teen input,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA president. “Every vote for these titles counts and teens can make a difference in seeing their favorite book become a Top Ten book. Libraries can plan book groups around the nominations or incorporate them into their summer reading programs!”

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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,
yalsa@ala.org. Â