I am always on the lookout for good books to recommend to teens – although I read a lot, there’s no way to keep up with the flood of good books, especially when you think of the broad scope of teen interests and reading levels.

Of course, YALSA does a great job with all of their booklists – I always find great things to recommend (and read!) there. But for a different perspective, it’s a good idea to take a look at things like this – the teenreads.com “Ultimate Teen Reading List”.
Compiled by teenreads.com users and staffers, it’s a broad-based list with lots of nonfiction and adult books with teen appeal. Check it out!

Also in the “recommmended reading” vein (and threatening to make my “to be read” pile downright mountainous) is this list of “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” Of course, not all of them are teen-friendly, but I’m certainly wishing I’d read a few of them as a teen – maybe then my list wouldn’t be so small! It’s interesting to see what others have read and recommend – if you do a Technorati search for “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die”, you’ll see lots of different responses to the list – great reading for those people like me who are always peering at other people, trying to see what they’re reading.

What do you use to find book recommendations – for yourself and your teens?

About Lorraine Squires

I am the head of Teen Services at Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, out on Long Island. As a new supervisor, I am interested in not only teen services, but the art and science of management. I serve on the YALSA website advisory committee and have been a member of YALSA for 9 years.

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