Teen Read Week is getting closer every day and with it the vote to decide which of the 26 nominees will be named the Teens’ Top Ten 2008.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist which is a teen choice list. Fifteen groups, known as YA Galley groups, read young adult literature all year long to narrow down the best of the best in teen books. Teens from the groups have to nominate books that will be on the final list. This year 26 titles made the final cut. Out of these 26 titles, teens all over the country get to choose the Teens’ Top Ten.

Why is this project important? Hey, this is teens’ turn to tell the young adult book industry what they are looking for in their books.

First things first: here is the final nominee list.

This year, it’s easier than ever before to market this to your teens because your YA Galley Committee have created publicity that is ready for you to use. We have bookmarks and annotated booklists you can print and use in your library. There is a podcast you can put on your library’s website.

Encourage your teens to read these titles. Then get them to vote. Set up a voting station during Teen Read Week, which is October 12-18, 2008. Teens vote by visiting the Teens’ Top Ten website during Teen Read Week. Have a party and let your teens root for their favorite candidate. Offer your teens schwag to get them to vote. You can buy rolls of I VOTED stickers online. Here is one site.

Here is a picture of an example voting station.

Here is a poster one library made to advertise the promotion.

Is it up on your library’s blog yet? Flip the Switch, the blog for Wake County Libraries, is posting blog entries for each nominated titles. Here’s one, and another, and another.

I can’t wait to see what the teens will pick this year.

About Lindsey Dunn

I am a teen librarian who has worked in the Wake County Library system for six years now. I have been in YALSA for 3 years now and currently serve on the YA Galley Committee. I received my MLS at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001. My specialties include book clubs, teen advisory boards, programming, and blogging.

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