#BFYA2019 Teen Feedback Session at Annual Conference in New Orleans

This year the American Library Association will be holding its Annual Conference in New Orleans and YALSA will be holding a Teen Feedback Session for the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee.

This is an opportunity for local teens to voice what they like or don’t like about the nominated books for this national selection list which will be published in 2019. This list of nominated books, which is updated monthly, is located on the #BFYA2019 current nominations landing page on The Hub. Teens must read at least three of these titles to participate in the Teen Feedback Session on Sunday, June 24, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Teens will spend most of the day visiting the Exhibit Hall, searching and obtaining treasured ARCS, before enjoying a free lunch with Young Adult authors. The Teen Feedback Session will be the culminating activity. Some members of the BFYA Blogging Team will be onsite while others will attend the session virtually. Teen feedback is an important factor in determining the final Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

For more information about how your teens can participate in the event, please contact Carolyn Vidmar, Teen Services Librarian, cvidmar@nolalibrary.org.

–Lorrie Roussin, 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults blogging team coordinator

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ALA Midwinter 2014: Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session

For librarians working with young people, the announcement of the Youth Media Awards is the paramount event of ALA’s Midwinter Conference. Hub blogger Chelsea Condren shared her personal account of attending the YMAs in her post on February 5. I think it’s fair to say that the second-most anticipated event for us YALSA folks is the teen feedback session for the Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees. This year, I was there.

The teens only had a few seconds to weigh in on the books they had read. The BFYA nomination list included 175 titles, while the teen feedback session was just two and a half hours long. For a recap, I’ve put together a visual presentation featuring some of the nominated titles coupled with their corresponding teen comments.

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Special thanks to the participating teens and their sponsors:  Joyce Ames, St. Stepehen’s & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA; Jennifer Hubert Swan, L R E I Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School, New York, NY; Megan England, Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City, NJ, and Katherine Liss, Metuchen Public Library, Metuchen, NJ.

For a lovely take on this same session, read Vicky Smith’s account. And now that you’ve gotten an idea of the teens’ feedback, be sure to check out the full list of titles that made this year’s BFYA list!

-Diane Colson, currently reading The Night Gardener (advanced reader’s copy) by Jonathan Auxier