2020 Teens’ Top Ten Voting Open

Voting is open for YALSA’s 2020 Teens’ Top Ten now through October 15. Teens aged 12-18 can vote for up to three titles from the 25 nominees. A video featuring the nominated books can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten site.

Every April, the Teens’ Top Ten nominees are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and readers vote online August 15 – October 15. To learn more about the Teens’ Top Ten and voting, please visit the Teens’ Top Ten website.

Share the nominees video on your library or school’s website and encourage teens to vote.

2020 Virtual Alex Awards Celebration Recording

Last week, the virtual celebration for the 2020 Alex Awards winners took place. If you couldn’t attend, view the recording below.

Free virtual celebrations for YALSA’s Printz and Odyssey Awards, as well as other ALA book and media awards, will take place via an all day event called The ALA Award Celebration, on June 28 on ALA’s YouTube channel starting at 10am EST.

The Odyssey Award Ceremony will take place at 4:30 pm ET, while the Printz Award Ceremony will take place at 6 pm ET. Learn more and view the full schedule.

Suggest a Title for 2021 Selected Lists

The 2021 Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers blogging teams have begun their work.

Though regular blog posts won’t begin until March, the suggestion forms are open now! If you would like to suggest a title for one of these lists, please click on the relevant link below and fill out the form.

Amazing Audiobooks
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

Please note, suggesting a title does not guarantee nomination. If you are a publisher, agent, editor, or author please contact the blogging team coordinator using the information on the form.

Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 4 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Amazing Audiobooks nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

hot dog girl coverHot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan; Narrated by Brittany Pressley
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers / Listening Library
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
ISBN: 9780593104477

This summer Lou Parker is determined to catch the eye and fancy of her long-time crush, Nick, as they both work at Magic Castle Playland amusement park. Hoping to get the role of princess, she gets assigned to be costumed hot dog for the year, and the odds don’t seem to be in her favor. Plus, now the park might be closing, and Lou’s best friend, Seely, isn’t very supportive of her scheme to get Nick to notice her.

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Foodie Companions for With the Fire On High


2019 Printz Winner for The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo’s much anticipated sophomore novel With the Fire On High, is a book about embracing your passions, and charting your future. Emoni Santiago, an Afro-Boricua high school senior has had a gift for cooking since she was young. She and her toddler daughter live with her supportive grandmother, but Emoni needs to decide where she wants to go to school and what she wants to do after graduation. When her school offers a new class, “Culinary Arts: Spain Immersion,” Emoni has a chance to immerse herself in cooking in a way that she can start to see what is possible with her gift.

Foodie readers will swoon over Acevedo’s writing on food and cooking, and it will leave them hungering for more.  Here are a few delicious titles about food and cooking to pair With the Fire On High:

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2020) Nominees Round Up, June 12 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Amazing Audiobooks nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston; Narrated by Lisa Flanagan, Meera Simhan, and Adenrele Ojo
Listening Library
Publication Date: February 19, 2019

A year after they found the godsgem and defeated the evil old god, the knights have learned that their resulting fame and fortune hasn’t solved their problems.  Thief Olsa Rhetsdaughter is still a thief, and now that she’s popular, she’s having a much harder time sneaking around.  Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart still doesn’t have enough money to pay her debts and so must wed, despite her feelings toward a certain fellow-quester.

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Booklist: New LGBTQIAP+ Nonfiction for Pride Month

June is LGBTQ Pride Month: a time celebrate and recognize the impact that LGBTQ people have in the world. June was chosen for Pride Month as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots that have been seen as the landmark event that propelled the movement for LGBTQ civil rights.

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Finding Diverse Books

Over the past few years, I have been working to increase the diversity of my school library’s collection, with an eye towards the ultimate goal of having the books on our shelves reflect the reality of the society in which we live.  While I use traditional review sources, I have also found it helpful to explore online resources specifically intended to review and publicize diverse books.  A few weeks ago, as part of a conference presentation, I decided to make this handy infographic of the sites I find most helpful. Hopefully you might find it useful too! (For active links to the websites, please scroll to the bottom of this post.)

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Booklist for Choose Privacy Week

Privacy, a cornerstone of library service, is something that teens can often take for granted, especially online. Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7, and is a time when we can highlight privacy’s importance in our lives, and what is at stake with the possible corrosion to one’s personal privacy for and with our teen patrons. Teens should understand that privacy is their civil right, and user agreements and data collection are edging on those rights.

Following is a list of books and resources that can engage teens in discussion and/or contemplation of what protecting their privacy can mean for them.

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Interview: Joy McCullough on Blood Water Paint

McCullough’s debut novel, which garnered critical acclaim and a Morris nomination in 2018 deftly fictionalizes the true story of a young woman named Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi made waves as a 17th century baroque painter, as well as the first woman to try her rapist in court. McCullough’s beautiful novel is told in lyrical verse, framing Antemisia’s difficult story with the greek chorus of two strong biblical woman, who also happened to be her favorite painting subjects.

Where did you first come across Artemisia’s story? Did you immediately know it was a story you wanted to shine light on? I discovered Artemisia many moons ago as a passing reference in a Margaret Atwood novel. I’d never heard of her, so I went searching. When I learned about her story, I was outraged I hadn’t heard of her before. The transcripts from her rapist’s trial still exist, and I read those with horror over how much hasn’t changed in how we treat women and sexual violence. I was immediately obsessed and wanted more people to know her story.

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