Every year, teens across the country read and select their favorite fiction books of the year. That’s right – teens read. Despite the many online attractions and distractions, teens are reading books voraciously, and they have strong opinions on what they enjoy. Each year, teens from Maine to California and every state in-between participate in selecting the Teens’ Top Ten (TTT), a list of the top ten fiction books for young adults. YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, is the creator of the Teens’ Top Ten and coordinates the event.
Sixteen teen selection committees narrow down possibilities to create the nomination list from which the rest of the country reads. Nominations are posted in April, giving all other teens a chance to read throughout the spring and summer. Then, from mid-August to mid-September, teens from all 50 states cast their votes online! A final list of the ten best young adult books of the year is announced during Teen Read Week, which runs this year from October 14th through the 20th. Throughout the week, librarians plan special events to highlight reading, “for the fun of it!” and encourage teens to do just that through the great selections at their libraries. At the CRRL, we are planning horror movie nights for the theme, “It Came from the Library!”
The 2012 book list of TTT nominees includes fantasies such as The Scorpio Races by local Virginia author, Maggie Stiefvater; zombie and post-apocalyptic books such as Ashes, by Ilsa Bick; updated legends and fairy tales including Cinder, by Marissa Meyer; realistic fiction such as How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr; historical fiction, like Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys; and, of course, some great dystopian fiction such as the highly popular Divergent, by Veronica Roth and Wither, by Lauren DeStefano. You can find the entire current nomination list and learn more about Teens’ Top Ten, online at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten. And, of course, vote online at that same site when the ballot goes live on August 15th! You can also check out nominated titles at our library Web site: www.librarypoint.org. Visit a branch so your CRRL librarians can help you find nominated titles and cast your vote.
So, what are teens reading about and voting for this year? In short, as usual . . . everything!