I have a confession to make. One of my favorite parts of attending library conferences is coming home, opening my suitcase, and diving in to all of the publisher giveaway books and advanced reader copies. I forget all about the Tetris game I played fitting it all in my suitcase, lugging what wouldn’t fit to the Post Office to mail home, and the three people it took to shove my suitcase above my seat on the train. Nope, it’s all euphoria once I crack those brand new books, and when I find something particularly fantastic in that pile, it feels like I have the most delicious secret–a secret I immediately want to tell everyone.
Well, YALSA doesn’t want you to keep those books a secret. As librarians one of our favorite things to do is steal, *cough, cough* borrow, great ideas from each other, and we should be sharing these great new finds of ours. YALSA recognized the need for an awards list chosen by readers that acknowledged what was current and popular and subsequently established the Reader’s Choice Booklist. The committee is currently soliciting your nominations for all of the great things you and your teens have been reading lately. Anyone can nominate a title, and all YALSA members are eligible to vote on the final list. The result is a fantastic list of what people were actually reading that year. What a great list for teen lit readers and a helpful selection tool for librarians! The selection criteria are as follows:
- Published between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012
- Widely available in the U.S.
- Marketed for ages 12-18
Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
- Realistic Fiction
- Science fiction/Fantasy
- And this year’s wild card category: Dystopian!
No matter what floats your boat, there’s a category just waiting for you to fill it with your favorites. Go ahead and nominate the latest installment in that new dystopian series or that romance that made you cry very un-adult-like tears. The book may not make the usual awards lists, but if you loved it you should shout it from the mountain tops–or at least take a minute to fill out a simple online form.
Whether your new book fix comes from books lugged home from a conference or from a shelf at your local library, make sure you take a minute to let YALSA know about your favorites.
— Sarah Townsend, Readers’ Choice Taskforce Member, currently reading I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
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