Teens' Top Ten Participants

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens.  These 15 groups will nominate books published in a calendar year to create the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations. Then, teen voters across the country cast ballots for their favorites, creating the Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for each year's Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted online each April during National Library Week at www.ala.org/teenstopten

In addition to creating the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations, the groups also evaluate books for publishers.  More than 30 publishers provide advanced reading copies to teen book discussion groups in libraries and in exchange, teen readers evaluate them.

The 2021 official book groups are:

  • Blueprint; Santa Margarita Catholic High School; advised by Brittany Goza
  • Bookworms Anonymous; Everett High school; advised by Deborah Payne
  • Folsom Public Library Teen Library Council; Folsom Public Library; advised by Amanda Perez
  • Johnson County Library YAAC; Johnson County Library; Overland Park, KS, advised by Peggy Hendershot
  • Jr. Litwits; Newton High School; advised by Teresa Henning
  • Newport Teens; Newport Beach Public Library; advised by Melinda Vogel
  • One Team Readers; 'Iolani School; advised by Tora Nishimiya
  • Pages @ the Projects; Algonquin Area Public Library District; advised by Holly Eberle
  • PCTI Book Club; Passaic County Technical Institute; advised by Claire Houghton-Kiel
  • Pizza & Books; Einstein Middle School; advised by Anne Dame
  • Raiders of the ARCs; Carmel Clay Public Library; advised by Karen Steinberger
  • Reading Dragons; Kingsway Regional High School; advised by Heather Connor
  • Teens Know Best; Saint Paul Public Library; advised by Maureen Hartman
  • Teens Know Best; Metropolitan State University Library, advised by Colette Johnson
  • Tiger Tales Book Club; Wasco High School; advised by Richard Winters
  • Youth Action Library League (Y'ALL);  Multnomah County Library; advised by Danielle Jones
  • Teen Book Talk; Seminole County Public Library; advised by Katharine Fintak
  • Teen Lit Café; Hamilton East Public Library; advised by Erin Weir
  • Noteworthy Novels; Palos Verdes Library District; advised by Megan Durazo
  • Guardians of the Galleys; Montrose Regional Library District; advised by Amy Dickinson
  • TLC Book Club; Homewood Public Library; advised by Mary Wegrzyn




YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Task Force chooses new groups every two years via an application process. This year’s members are: Chair Micki Waldrop, Kelly Brocklehurst, Sean Thomas Gilmartin, Elsa D. Ouvrard-Prettol, Delia Swanner, and Lauren Ellice Yager.

For more information on the Teens’ Top Ten, including previous winners and tools for teachers, afterschool providers and library staff, please visit www.ala.org/teenstopten.  Publishers looking for other opportunities to engage with the work of YALSA can visit our Corporate and Nonprofit Opportunities page.

For questions about the Teens' Top Ten and the book groups, please contact YALSA Communications at yalsaprojects@ala.org or 312.280.5293.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.