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.
- Before I Die by Jenny Downham
- Betrayed by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
- Extras by Scott Westerfeld
- Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
- Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels
- Glass by Ellen Hopkins
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
- Ironside by Holly Black
- Jango by William Nicholson
- Jinx by Meg Cabot
- The Luxe by Anna Godberson
- Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
- Penelope by Marilyn Kaye
- Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
- Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica George
- The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
- Tamar by Mal Peet
- Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
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.