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2021 Amazing Audiobooks Nominees

Each year, YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. Click on the title of each book to be taken to the blog post featuring a review, or browse all blog posts here. You can see previous lists on the YALSA website and on the Teen Book Finder app.

If you’d like to suggest a title, please fill out this form. Publishers: contact info for the coordinator of this list can be found at the bottom of this page.

New #AA2021 nominees are generally published to the Hub on Wednesdays.

#AA2021 Nomination Posts


  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, narrated by Caitlin Kelly
  • Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo; Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
  • Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles; Narrated by Korey Jackson
  • The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King; Narrated by Stephanie Willing
  • Light It Up by Kekla Magoon; Narrated by Landon Woodson, Karen Chilton, Cherise Booth, Eevin Hartsough, Christopher Carley, Peter Jay Fernandez, T.Ryder Smith, Julian Thomas, Kevin R. Free, and Korey Jackson
  • 145th Street: Short Stories Anniversary Edition by Walter Dean Myers; Narrated by Brandon Gill, Almarie Guerra, Johnny Heller, Dominic Hoffman, Sullivan Jones, JaQwan J. Kelly, Adenrele Ojo, Paula Parker, Heather Alicia Simms, Bahni Turpin
  • All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell; Narrated by Kelly Pruner
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds; Narrated by Jason Reynolds, Heather Alicia Simms, Chris Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo, Kevin R. Free, J. D. Jackson, Guy Lockard, January LaVoy, and David Sadzin
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Steifvater; Narrated by Will Patton


The 2021 Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team is:

  • Danielle Jones, coordinator
  • Rachel Adams
  • Emily Blaeser
  • Jaimie Crawford
  • Candace Fox
  • Annie Jansen
  • Kristin Kern
  • Gina Kromhout
  • Natalie LaRoque
  • Heather Murfee
  • Cathy Outten
  • Allison Riendeau
  • Beth Slade
  • Kiera Vargas
  • Tara Williams

Previous Years’ Blog Posts