Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults is probably the most-fun-having committee in all of YALSA. At least, that’s what I think. After serving on the committee in 2005-2007, I was truly sad to see my term end. Luckily, I was asked to serve as the administrative assistant for 2007-2008, and that time convinced me that I wanted to serve another term on PPYA.

So just what makes PPYA such a great committee? First and foremost, it’s the people. I’ve been lucky enough to work with truly outstanding librarians on PPYA, who are passionate about and dedicated to the reading interests of teens. In addition, the feedback from librarians and media specialists across the country, who express thanks for our work and submit field nominations for books, is truly invaluable.

Of course, reading is a huge thrill for us PPYA members. Finding a book that’s popular, will fit on one of our thematic book lists, and is still readily available is a tough task. We feel crushed when a book that would be a perfect fit isn’t available in paperback. Yet when we read a nominated title that’s ideal for a list, there’s such a feeling of excitement–it’s truly a rush.

I’m so happy to be back for another two years on PPYA. If you like the sound of what we do on this committee, why not submit a Committee Volunteer Form? We’d love to have you on board!

Melissa Rabey
Member, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

About PPYA

The Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults committee is a YALSA committee that creates themed lists of POPULAR materials for teens for use by libraries for Collection Development, Reader's Advisory, etc. Each year we develop up to five (usually four) lists focused on timely topics or specific genres. The titles selected for the list must be available in paperback, in print, and may not have been on a PPYA list in the past five years. This selection committee is a lot of reading, a lot of work -- and a TON of fun!

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