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A collaborative space for gathering and sharing resources that help librarians and others help teens find great reads. Click "Log in/create account" on the upper right corner of the page to create an account.


Book Reviews and Evaluations

General YA

These sites include a broad range of YA titles that are searchable or chronological.

YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults

Year by year guide to books for teens based on "proven or potential appeal" to teens. The lists are chronological by year, then alphabetical. Fiction and nonfiction are both included.

Teen Reads

Includes articles, reviews, book discussion guides and more. Search by author or title, or use the "Coming Soon" tab to read about what teens will be asking for in a month.

Teens Top Ten

Nominated by teens in the YALSA Galley project and voted on annually by teens nationwide, this is always a list of books to know.

NYPL's Stuff for the Teen Age

Yearly lists for teens - in it's 80th year - has expanded from just books to include other media as well. The online version features clips of teens talking about their favorites.

Thematically Organized

These sites are organized by theme or genre and may or may not be searchable.

Reading Rants Thematic lists with teen interests in mind. Mainly fiction, including quirky, edgy books. Updated regularly, and now a book too!

Sample lists:

  • Silver Pentacle: Wicca, Witches and Witchcraft in Teen Fiction,
  • Historical Fiction for Hipsters: Stories from the past that won't make you snore
  • Deadheads and Mosh-pits: Books about being in a band

All Together Now

Serves a wide range of ages and interests, some lists rather outdated, but the new wiki element of the site may bode improvement on this. Use this site for read-alike lists, school assignments, unusual thematic requests.

Sample lists:

  • Immigration (high school readers)
  • Chick Lit with minority character
  • If you liked “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”…

Read On: Hennepin County Library

Up-to-date lists on a variety of topics. Useful also for its book reviews by teens. A relatively new portion of the site, Bookspace, features user-created lists similar to Amazon’s Listmania.

Sample lists:

  • It's Due Tomorrow!: Skinny books for book reports!
  • Best Shonen Manga of the Century (reader created)
  • Sassy Sisterhood: Meet savvy females and their fabulous friends.

YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Selected yearly, the popular paperback lists include both fiction and nonfiction and are arranged by topic, not by publication year like YALSA’s other lists. Useful for high interest nonfiction, thematic and appeal based recreational reading.

Sample lists:

  • Books That Don't Make You Blush: No Dirty Laundry Here
  • I've Got a Secret
  • Now THAT'S Comedy!: Humorous Books

Teen Books & Authors by the Skokie Public Library

Well organized and expansive collection of lists by theme & genre, as well as award winners and general recommendations. Includes both fiction and nonfiction.

Sample lists:

  • Books by teens for teens
  • Jewish themes: books for teens
  • Dear Diary: books for teens

Booklists from YALSA-BK

A growing wiki of lists created by participants in a YALSA book discussion listserv. These lists are usually created in response to a participant's need for suggestions so they can be very timely and useful.

Sample lists:

  • First Lines - The Good, The Unusual & the Funny
  • International Books
  • Romance for boys

Special Topics / Genre

Some types of books are frequently requested by teens, their parents, or teachers, and are not always easy to spot in the general or thematically organized lists. Find lists for these types of requests here.

Gentle Reads

DCPL's Gentle Reads List

Summer '08 Gentle Reads from the Bettendorf Public LIbrary

Burlington Washington Public Library's Gentle Reads handout (pdf) This includes a nice description of the list; what is considered a gentle read for the list's purpose and why.

Book: Gentle Reads: Great Books to Warm Hearts and Lift Spirits for Grades 5-9 Lots of lists broken down by topic


Guys Read Scroll down for thematic lists. Tends to skew young.

Reluctant Readers

Bootleg Books Features popular series and stand alone titles with an appealing layout, music features, and author information.

Readers' Advisory Tools

Readalike Lists

Series, Sequels, Pathfinders

What's Next

Not YA specific, but a useful database of series in order.

Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels

Reliably up-to-date and searchable by author, title, and series name, this is a great resource for the inevitable order of series questions.

Coming Soon

Includes lots of soon-to-be-released material, but anything that is part of a series is noted with italics. Good way to keep up on high demand series titles.

Readers' Advisory Tips and Techniques

Print Resources

Online Resources

The Order of Operations for Teen RA by Heather Booth

A quick and dirty reference for the steps to go through when doing RA with a teen. Also has a couple short videos of these concepts in practice by Michael Cox of the Pueblo City County Library.


The Teen RA and Reading Community

Tweeting teen reader's advisors



Gatherings, Conferences, and Symposia

Serving Teens through Readers' Advisory, Bangor, Maine, September 2009

Serving Teens through Readers' Advisory, Augusta, Maine, September 2009

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