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:

  • ACPL Teen Library Coucil; Fort Wayne, IN; advised by Aisha Hallman
  • Bibliophile Society formerly Bookworms Anonymous; Everett High school; advised by Deborah Payne
  • Hamilton East Public Library; advised by Christy Franzman and Erin Wier
  • Johnson County Library YAAC; Johnson County Library; Overland Park, KS, advised by Kate McNair
  • Newport Teens; Newport Beach Public Library; advised by Danielle Doi
  • Noteworthy Novels; Rolling Hills Estates, CA; advised by Megan Durazo
  • Pages & Panels; 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
  • Teen Book Talk; Seminole County Public Library; advised by Katharine Fintak
  • TLC Book Club; Homewood Public Library; advised by Mary Wegrzy


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.