Teens' Top Ten

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YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners.  Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists.  This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year.

About the Teens' Top Ten #yalsaTTT

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Teens' Top Ten Vote is now open

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 - October 15 here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the following week after.

Teens' Top Ten Book Groups

APPLICATIONS for 2022-2023 Books Groups is now open

Learn more about how you can apply to participate in the Teens' Top Ten book groups here

Meet the 2021 Teens' Top Ten book groups, who will choose the nominees for the next year.

Teens' Top Ten Title Suggestion Form

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See all the Teens' Top Ten books, plus titles from YALSA's other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.

2021 Teens' Top Ten Nominees

  1. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. Farrar, Stratus and Giroux/Macmillan. 9780374312718.
  2. All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. 9781250307798.
  3. Atomic Women by Roseanne Montillo. Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group. 9780316489591.
  4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Inc. 9781338674453.
  5. The Betrothed by Kiera Cass. HarperTeen/HarperCollins Publishers. 9780062291639.
  6. The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph. Candlewick Press. 9781536217018.
  7. The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields. Page Street Publishing Co. 9781624149306.
  8. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Swoon Reads/Macmillan. 9781250250469. 
  9. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. 9781481431873.
  10. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Quill Tree.  Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books. 9780062882769.
  11. Dangerous Secrets by Mari Mancusi. Disney Press. 9781368063616.
  12. The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Gulledge. Amulet Books/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 9781419734236.
  13. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang. First Second Books/Macmillan. 9781626720794.
  14. Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards. Sourcebooks Fire/Sourcebooks. 9781492657217.
  15. Flamer by Mike Curato. Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan. 9781627796415.
  16. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group. 9781368052405.
  17. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. 9781250618818.
  18. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab. Tom Doherty Associates. 9781785652509.
  19. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster’s. 9781534441613.
  20. Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster’s. 9781481495127.
  21. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokudo-Hall. Candlewick Press. 9781536204315.
  22. One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House. 9780525707967.
  23. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan. 9781250189967.
  24. Tweet Cute: A Novel by Emma Lord. Wednesday Books/Macmillan. 9781250750433.
  25. We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding. Amulet Books/Abrams. 9781419738661.

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2020 Teens' Top Ten Announced!

  1. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell. Wednesday Books/Macmillan. 9781250146076.
  2. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. First Second/Macmillan. 9781626721623.
  3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen/HarperCollins. 9780062662835.
  4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Alfred A. Knopf/Penguin Random House. 9781524720995.
  5. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard. HarperTeen/ HarperCollins. 9780062423023.
  6. #MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil. Freeform/Disney Book Group. 9781368026277.
  7. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal. Farrar Straus Giroux /Macmillan 9780374311544.
  8. Lovely War by Julie Berry Viking/Penguin Random House. 9780451469939.
  9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House. 9780525645580.
  10. The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy. Blink/HarperCollins Publishing. 9780310767657.

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    Previous Winners

    2020 Teens' Top Ten

    2019 Teens' Top Ten

    2018 Teens' Top Ten

    2017 Teens' Top Ten

    2016 Teens' Top Ten

    2015 Teens' Top Ten

    2014 Teens' Top Ten

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    2004 Teens' Top Ten

    2003 Teens' Top Ten

    Promoting the Teens' Top Ten

    See our guide to promoting the Teens' Top Ten books and voting for the Teens' Top Ten in your library.

    Download the Teens' Top Ten Toolkit (Word doc)

    About YA Galley


    Teens' Top Ten (TTT) is part of YA Galley, in which teen book groups led by YALSA members receive galleys from publishes throughout the year. Learn more about YA Galley and the fifteen participating libraries on our YA Galley Participants page or contact YALSA Projects at yalsaprojects@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

    Curious? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about the Teens' Top Ten!