Promote the Teens’ Top Ten with downloadable bookmarks

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128


For Immediate Release

June 15, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), now offers downloadable bookmarks featuring the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten nominees for librarians to distribute to teens at their libraries. The bookmarks feature the 25 titles nominated for this year’s list of favorite books and can be downloaded at

The Teens’ Top Ten is the only national literary list with titles chosen entirely by and for teens. The nominations are available at Teen readers are encouraged to read the nominees throughout the summer. Teens can vote for their favorite titles at starting Aug. 24, with the online poll closing on Sept. 18. Winners will be announced in a webcast during Teen Read Week™, Oct. 18-24.

“Every vote for these titles counts,” said YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski. “Teens can make a difference in seeing their favorite book become a Top Ten book!”

Nominated titles were published between January 2008 and March 2009 and chosen by the 15 teen book groups in YALSA’s YA Galley Project, in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers.

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,