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 2023 official book groups are:

  • Spoiler Alert!; Kreutz Creek Library York, PA; advised by Jennifer Johnson 
  • Teen Lit Chat; Olathe Public Library; Olathe, KS; advised by Angela Parks
  • WLHS Book Club; Wilde Lake High School; Columbia, MD; advised by Kathleen Palmateer
  • Young Adult Literary Council; Johnson County Library; Prairie Village, KS; advised by Kate McNair
  • Noteworthy Novels; Palos Verdes Library District; Rolling Hills Estates, CA; advised by Megan Durazo
  • Pages & Panels; Algonquin Area Public Library District; advised by Holly Eberle
  • Pizza & Books; Einstein Middle School; advised by Anne Dame
  • Project LIT; Kent Free Library/Theodore Roosevelt High School; Kent, OH; advised by Lisa Kellar
  • La Villita Strikers; St. Agnes of Bohemia School; Chicago, IL; advised by Lynette Bromiel
  • Bibliophile Society formerly Bookworms Anonymous; Everett High school; advised by Deborah Payne
  • Teen Book Talk; Seminole County Public Library; advised by Katharine Fintak
  • Teens Know Best; St. Paul, MN ; advised by Jennifer DeJonghe
  • Hamilton East Public Library; advised by Erin Weir


YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Task Force chooses new groups every two years via an application process. This year’s members are: Chair, Kathy Dejnowski; Tamara DePasquale, Emily Harris, and Rebecca Leonhard.

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.