1. Alex Awards | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

  2. Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature | Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA): The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.

  3. Asian/Pacific American Honor for Literature | Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA): The Asian/Pacific American Honor for Literature promotes Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and is awarded based on literary and artistic merit.

  4. Benjamin Franklin Award | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA): The mission of the awards is simple: to recognize excellence and innovation in independent publishing. Unlike many other awards contests, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards demand both editorial and design excellence. Look for the Teen Fiction and Teen Nonfiction awards, ages 13 - 18.

  5. Coretta Scott King Book Awards | American Library Association (ALA): Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

  6. Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent | American Library Association (ALA): The award is established to affirm new talent and to offer visibility to excellence in writing and/or illustration which otherwise might be formally unacknowledged within a given year within the structure of the two awards given annually by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. These books affirm new talent and offer visibility to excellence in writing or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator.

  7. Edgar Awards | Mystery Writers of America (MWA): Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. Look for the Best Young Adult Mystery award for hardbound and paperback, ages 13 - 18.

  8. Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) | Indiana Library Federation (ILF): The Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award) is chosen annually by students across Indiana in grades nine through twelve. Students at participating high schools, public libraries, or homeschoolers who read any of approximately 20 nominated books are eligible to rate each book they've read. The votes are tabulated each May, and the winner is announced. The purpose of the Rosie Award is to encourage independent reading among high school students. It also promotes cooperation between school administrators, media specialists, teachers and public librarians in broadening reading programs. Rosie promotes reading across the curriculum.

  9. Guys Read | Jon Scieszka: Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author Jon Scieszka in 2001. Its mission is "to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers" by bringing attention to the issue, promoting the expansion of what is called "reading" to include materials like comic books, and encouraging grown men to be literacy role models.

  10. Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) | Lambda Literary: Individual works and collections of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry whose intended audience is young readers. Look for the LGBTQ Children and Young Adult category.

  11. LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists | American Library Association (ALA): The LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction is charged with selecting, annotating, and presenting for publication, annually a list of notable children’s and young adult science fiction of the preceding calendar year. Look for the Hal Clement List (Young Adult).

  12. Locus Awards | Locus Science Fiction Foundation (LSFF): The annual Locus Awards, first presented in 1971, to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature. Look for the Locus Award for Young Adult Novel. Be aware that this is a news page listing all, or mostly all, sci-fi and fantasy book awards in the English language.

  13. Margaret A. Edwards Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

  14. Morris Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first given in 2009, honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

  15. Mythopoeic Awards | The Mythopoeic Society: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature was established in 1992 and honors books for young readers to age thirteen, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees. Books for mature “Young Adults” may be moved to the Adult literature category.

  16. National Book Awards | National Book Foundation (NBF): Established in 1950, the National Book Awards are American literary prizes administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Look for the Young People's Literature category.

  17. Nonfiction Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year.

  18. Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production | This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

  19. Printz Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

  20. The Pulitzer Prizes | The Pulitzer Prize administration awards prizes across 22 categories, recognizing achievements in journalism, literature and musical composition within the United States.

  21. Pura Belpré Award | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA): Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

  22. Readers' Choice | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): YALSA’s Readers’ Choice list seeks to engage a wide audience of librarians, educators, teens and young adult literature enthusiasts in choosing the most popular teen titles in a given year, as organized by broad genres. The list will also provide librarians with a timely means of identifying popular teen titles on an ongoing basis.

  23. Schneider Family Book Award | American Library Association (ALA): The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

  24. Stonewall Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award | American Library Association (ALA): The Stonewall Book Awards are presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.

  25. Sydney Taylor Book Award | Association of Jewish Libraries: The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

  26. Teens' Top Ten | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.

  27. Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards | Comic-Con International: The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry, are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Look for the Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17) category.


  1. Addicted to YA | Goodreads: If you're addicted to Young Adult books then come join. Here you can share your thoughts about YA books and just be yourself around people who like the same kind of books.

  2. Andrew Luck Book Club | ALBC: The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to build a team of readers of all levels.

  3. Read YA Lit | LibraryThing: For readers of young adult (YA) literature of all ages!

  4. Teen Book Cafe | Highland Branch Library (LCPL): Your place to hear about good books, music, movies and awesome activities!!

  5. The Young Adult Book Club | Goodreads: The largest community of YA book lovers.


  1. Adult Books for Young Adults | American Library Association (ALA): Selected by the Books for Youth editors, chosen titles comprise the year’s best personal reading for teenagers among published adult books. More on each book’s content and suggested audience can be found in the full-length Booklist review.

  2. Amazing Audio Books for Young Adults | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): Each year, YALSA's Amazing Audiobooks committee selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years.

  3. Best Books for Young Adults | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): Through 2010, The Best Books for Young Adults committee each year selected and annotated a list of significant adult and young adult books, as well as chooses a list of top ten titles from the full list. It is a general list of fiction and nonfiction titles selected for their proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adult. Best Books for Young Adults evolved into Best Fiction for Young Adults after the 2010 BBYA list was published.

  4. Best Fiction for Young Adults | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Blogging Team presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 14 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

  5. Booklist's Top of the List | American Library Association (ALA): Every January, Booklist publishes Editors’ Choice: lists of the best books, databases, video/DVDs, and audiobooks of the past year. From these lists, we further select what we call the Top of the List: the single best title in eight categories—adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, youth picture book, reference source, video/DVD, and audiobook.

  6. Books for Youth | American Library Association (ALA): Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence.

  7. Great Graphic Novels for Teens | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA.

  8. Indiana Reading List | Indiana Department of Education (IDOE): A comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, list of books suggested for teaching or reading at each grade level.

  9. Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners | American Library Association (ALA): To provide reading recommendations to students of all ages who plan to continue their education beyond high school.

  10. Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults | Young Adult Library Association (YALSA): Each year, the Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure. The lists of popular or topical titles are widely available in paperback and represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

  11. Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list selects both fiction and nonfiction. Select a link below to view the full annotated Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists.

  12. Rainbow List | American Library Association (ALA): The Rainbow Project Book List is list of recommended books dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangendered and questioning issues and situations for children up to age 18.

  13. Reading Rants | Jennifer Hubert: A group of booklists for teens out there who need a good read, but are wondering if there’s life after John Green and JK Rowling.

  14. Reference Sources | American Library Association (ALA): All the titles are intended for a general readership at the high-school level and up. For our pick of the crop for students, see “Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers” in the September 1 issue.

  15. Rise - A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 | Amelia Bloomer Project: Creates an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18 as part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

  16. Selected Summer Reading List | National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Based on the College Board’s recommended reading for college-bound students, the list is mainly intended for soon-to-be undergraduates. But lifelong learners interested in cultural and personal enrichment will also find the resource useful.

  17. Summer Suggested Readings | Highland High School (HHS): A list of suggested titles compiled by the English Department for students to enjoy reading over the summer.

  18. Youth Audio | American Library Association (ALA): The Youth Audio list provides youth with superlative listening experiences across the age and interest spectrum.


  1. features detailed book and movie reviews from many different genres of books!

  2. Booklist Online | American Library Association (ALA): Booklist Online is the web version of the Booklist print magazine. It offers free content to non-subscribers, including a generous selection of additional reviews and features written exclusively for Booklist Online.

  3. BookPage: BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to 400,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries.

  4. LitPick | LitPick Book Reviews: LitPick promotes reading and writing globally among adults and students. LitPick also enjoy connecting readers with authors and publishers of a wide variety of titles and genres.

  5. The New York Review of Books: The premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.

  6. The New York Times Book Review: The New York Times Book Review is a weekly paper-magazine supplement to The New York Times in which current non-fiction and fiction books are reviewed. It is one of the most influential and widely read book review publications in the industry.

  7. The New York Times | Book Reviews: A free collection of book reviews published in The New York Times since 1981.

  8. The New York Times | Books: Book reviews, news and features from NYT critics and reporters.

  9. No Flying No Tights: A website devoted to graphic novel reviews specifically for those who read them the most, mainly teens, and for those who might be involved in distributing them to teens, namely teachers, librarians, and parents.

  10. Publishers Weekly: Publishers Weekly is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. Its best known service is pre-publication book reviews, publishing some 9,000 per year.

  11. School Library Journal: School Library Journal is the premiere publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens.

  12. VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates, or (VOYA), magazine is the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading.


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  1. Banned Books Week: Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.

  2. Books 2 Bridge the Region | Northwest Indiana: Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke.

  3. Drop Everything And Read: Drop Everything and Read, or D.E.A.R., is a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday.

  4. International Games Week | American Library Association (ALA): International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

  5. International School Library Month (ISLM) | International Association of School Librarianship (IASL): International School Library Month (ISLM) is an opportunity for those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries and to celebrate everything great about them.

  6. Library Card Sign-up Month | American Library Association (ALA): September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when ALA and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

  7. National Library Week | American Library Association (ALA): National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.

  8. National Novel Writing Month | NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month is a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. The event happens each year starting on November 1.

  9. Read Across America | National Education Association (NEA): Read Across America Day, also known as Dr Seuss Day, is a yearly national observance inaugurated by the NEA. It is held on the school day that is nearest to March 2nd, Dr Seuss birthday.

  10. School Library Month | American Association of School Librarians (AASL): April is School Library Month, and is AASL's celebration of school librarians and school libraries.

  11. TeenTober | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations.