Book Awards and Booklists Give Librarians a Leg Up

YALSA has a wealth of resources, including lists of award-winners and other selection resources, available for librarians. One of these go-to is Teens’ Top Ten. Since 2003, teen groups across the country help narrow down the vast number of books published for young people each year into a short list. Then teens across the country vote on their favorites to form the Top Ten list. What makes this a fantastic resource for librarians? It’s essentially a vetted bibliography of titles that teens are saying are likely to appeal to the teens in your library.
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I find the ten years worth of titles helpful within my library setting. I include it in programming, reader’s advisory and putting together displays. For programming, when planning my Book & More teen book discussion group, it is always a balance to pick the right discussion book. You need a book that will appeal to your group, but also one that will foster discussion. The titles within these lists have have been approved by teens as being appealing to the demographic which I am trying to reach with my Book & More group. Continue reading

Get Your Teens to Vote for the Teens’ Top Ten!

There’s still time for your teens to vote for their favorite YA titles! Voting for the Teens’ Top Ten is open through September 15th, and the winning titles will be announced during Teen Read Week.

Too old to vote but hoping to get the word out about these great nominated titles? Tweet with the #TTT12 hashtag, send your teens to ala.org/teenstopten and find out more about the YA galley groups who participated in this year’s Teens’ Top Ten.

Tell Your Teens to Vote for the Teens Top Ten!

It’s time for the Teens Top Ten again!

Teens Top Ten is all about teen choice! Get your teen readers to vote for their favorite books from this year’s list of nominated titles. The resulting Teens Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week. The nominated books are posted at ala.org/teenstopten. There is an annotated nominations list as well as tips for promoting the Teens Top Ten to teen readers. Please encourage the use of #TTT12 on Twitter when promoting Teens Top Ten and please help us get the word out!

The Teens Top Ten is part of an ongoing project that connects teen book groups with publishers of young adult books. The publishers provide advance reader copies to selected teen book groups and the teens evaluate the books and provide feedback to the publishers. These same teen book groups create the voting list for Teens Top Ten by nominating their favorite titles published in the previous year.

More information, including a list of the rockstar Teens Top Ten book groups, may be found at ala.org/teenstopten. Voting is open from August 15th through September 15th, so encourage your teens to vote before it’s too late!

Posted on behalf of Kristen Thorp, TTT Committee member 2012-2014

The Teens’ Top Ten

Nine thousand teens voted in this year’s Teens’ Top Ten! Watch the results and see an acceptance from our winning author:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

Thanks to everyone who voted and to our YA Galley book groups!

Teens’ Top Ten Voting Now Open!

The big day is here! Your teens have been reading the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten nominations since April, and now they can tell us which books are their favorites. Voting for the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten opened today and is available through Sept. 15′  — and we’ve made it even easier for your teens to vote by embedding the TTT survey right on the Teens’ Top Ten homepage at www.ala.org/teenstopten! (If you still want to use a separate link, that’s available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/teenstopten11.)

We’ll announce the winners at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22.

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Happy Support Teen Literature Day!

Each year on the Thursday of National Library Week, YALSA celebrates Support Teen Literature Day, a day to hightlight the teen literature at your library and encourage teens and everyone else to check it out.

In honor of Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA launched the Teen Read Week website, with resources, activity ideas, publicity tools and more, all related to this year’s theme, Picture It @ your library! Visit the site and learn more about this year’s theme, which encourages read graphic novels and’ other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through’ literature,’ just’ for the fun of it. Visit the site and register, and you could receive a free copy of The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds, the artist who created the Picture It artwork. We’re also accepting applications for 10, $1,000 Teen Read Week Mini Grants, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Visit www.ala.org/teenread to learn more and get ready to Picture It @ your library, Oct. 16-22!

Also, YALSA today announced the official 25 nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten! 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 sixteen school and public libraries around the country. You can see this year’s nominees at www.ala.org/teenstopten, and check out this Teens’ Top Ten post from The Hub, YALSA’s YA lit blog, about this year’s nominees. Happy reading!

Finally, we’d like to salute our friends at Figment.com and Readergirlz for their efforts on Support Teen Literature Day as they Rock the Drop 2011. They’ve encouraged teen lit authors, librarians, and fans to leave a favorite YA book out in a public place to raise awareness and get people reading. Find out more at Readergirlz Rock the Drop website. If you’re on Twitter and plan to participate, tell us what you did and use the tag #rockthedrop.

What else are you doing for Support Teen Literature Day?

The YALSA Update: We Are All About the Deadlines Today

It’s a big week for YALSA deadlines! We have two major deadlines today and another one next Monday.

Symposium early bird pricing expires today! Today is the LAST DAY for you to take advantage of the lowest rates for the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.’  To get the early bird rate, you must register today at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium (if you’re sending in the downloadable registration form (PDF) by mail with a check, purchase order, or money order, it must be postmarked by today).

Teens’ Top Ten voting ends today Today is the last day for teens at your library to’  vote in the annual Teens’ Top Ten poll! They can vote online at www.ala.org/teenstopten. We’ll announce the winners during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.

And Teen Read Week registration ends Monday Monday is the last day for you to register for YALSA’s Teen Read Week! Why register? When you register, you tell YALSA that it’s important to sponsor this initiative, which encourages teens to read something for fun and become regular library users. Plus, you’ll receive a free trial of TeenInk for a limited time, be entered to win books from Carolrhoda Lab, Cinco Puntos, and Viz Media, and get access to this year’s Books with Beat @ your library logo. Register today at www.ala.org/teenread !

Two weeks left for bundled conference registration Coming to ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2011? Take advantage of bundled pricing from ALA and register for both for $300! That’s a significant savings over registering for each event separately. But hurry: bundled registration is only available until September 30 at www.ala.org/midwinter.

That’s it for this week’s update! To stay up to date on the latest from the YALSA Office, sign up to follow YALSA on Twitter or become a fan of YALSA on Facebook!

YALSA Update: Symposium Early Bird Extended, Teen Read Week reg, Webinars & More

Symposium Early Bird Extended! YALSA has extended early bird registration for the YA Lit Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico through Sept. 17! If you register in the next two weeks, you’ll enjoy our lowest rates. Join us Nov. 5-7 to network with your fellow librarians and educators, meet 30+ YA authors, and earn 12 contact hours. Learn more about the symposium and register at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

Bundled Registration Now Open Planning to attend both ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting in 2011? Take advantage of bundled pricing and save. YALSA members pay just $300 for both conferences if they register at www.ala.org/midwinter by Sept. 30.

Teen Read Week Registration Teen Read Week registration ends in less than a month! Register by Sept. 20 to be entered into a drawing for free books from Carolrhoda Lab, Cinco Puntos, and Viz Media. Plus you’ll help show YALSA that initiatives like Teen Read Week or worth supporting. Learn more and register at www.ala.org/teenread.

YALSA’s Reluctant Reader Webinar Looking for guidance to reach out to reluctant readers in your library? Sign up for YALSA’s Sept. 9 webinar, Ready, Set, Go: 30 Ways to Reach Reluctant Readers in 60 Minutes, presented by Jen Hubert Swan. The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern and costs $39 for YALSA members, $49 for all other individuals. Group registration costs $195. Learn more and register at www.ala.org/yalsa/webinars.

After the jump, we have news on the Teens’ Top Ten, Selection Committee Volunteer Forms, online course registration, the I Love My Librarian Award, the YALSA Dessert Cookbook we’re auctioning off at Midwinter, and a link to American Libraries’ interview with Rob Reiner, director of Flipped!

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Voice Your Choice! Teens’ Top Ten Voting Now Open

The big day is here! Your teens have been reading the 2010 Teens’ Top Ten nominations since last April, and now they can tell us which books are their favorites. Voting for the 2010 Teens’ Top Ten is available’  — and this year, we’ve made it even easier for your teens to vote by embedding the TTT survey right on the Teens’ Top Ten homepage at www.ala.org/teenstopten! (If you still want to use a separate link, that’s available too at www.surveymonkey.com/s/teenstopten2010.)

Voting is open now through September 17. We’ll announce the winners at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a reading list chosen entirely by and for teens. The twenty-six official nominations were chosen by fifteen teen book groups from across the U.S. that participate in YALSA’s YA Galley project, in which publishers provide book groups with galleys and the teens provide feedback. Last year, more than 11,000 teens voted for the Teens’ Top Ten, choosing Paper Towns by John Green as their favorite title.

Happy Support Teen Literature Day!

Happy Support Teen Literature Day! In addition to participating in Operation TBD, YALSA today launched three literacy campaigns – Teen Read Week 2010 registration and mini grants, the Teens’ Top Ten nominations and YA Galley Group applications, and the WrestleMania Reading Challenge – and we hope you’ll join us!

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