Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list,where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Each day during the month of May, The Hub will feature a post about Teens’ Top Ten. Be sure to check in daily as we visit past winners and current nominees!
Last year to promote Teens’ Top Ten books and to get more teens to vote, I decided to make a display using the book covers and printed out the bookmarks from the YALSA toolkit (here is last year’s that also has great program ideas). But then I thought, why stop with a passive display and handouts? We decided to host our own voting on our teen blog Teen Connections and also have a ballot box in the library. We encouraged our teens to vote both places, the official YALSA poll and the one we made to make sure their favorite choice was heard.
We also incorporated Banned Book Week as it fell during the voting period. We “banned” the Teens’ Top Ten and to “unban” we needed 50 votes. Before Banned Book Week was over we had more than enough to votes to free the Teen’ Top Ten.
Not surprising, our teen voted overwhelmingly for Suzanne Collin’s Catching Fire. What was surprising was how many votes we received for The Roar by Emma Clayton. I hadn’t even heard of it until Teens’ Top Ten list which is another reason I love this list, finding great books.
These were just some ideas we used last year to promote the books and voting. This year’s list is full of excellent titles. (I’m looking at you Zombies vs. Unicorns.) We’re excited to expand coverage and use our online space and physical space to get the word out and get teens to vote early and vote often!
– Amanda Margis, reading Divergent by Veroinca Roth and listening to The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson.