Resources for Teens & Teachers

Read.gov : Explore new worlds: Read. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.
  • Teens : Read.gov encourages everyone to discover the world of books. Here you'll find a variety of free teen reading resources to explore and enjoy.  There are classic books online, author webcasts, booklists, and a great site called Poetry 180: a poem a day for American high schools.
IPL Teenspace:  A great place for Graphic novel info.
 
Books & More at the Carnegie Library: A site for teens looking for a good read.  It includes a blog, recommendations, and great graphics.
 
Cooperative Children's Book Center: Teachers K-12: The CCBC can help you stay informed about the newest outstanding books published for children and teenagers, and also help you identify great books on a wide range of topics to integrate into the curriculum. Original booklists created by the CCBC professional staff on a wide range of themes and topics.  Information and links on challenges to books and other materials are available for teachers to help you think about choosing materials for your classroom, and to help you better prepare to face challenges to materials if they do occur.
 
Cynthia Leitich Smith: Be sure to explore the children's and young adult literature resources—which include annotated bibliographies, author/illustrator interviews, original articles, as well as information and encouragement for writers.
 
Books for Children & Young Adults from the CCBC: There are thousands of new books published for children and young adults each year, and tens of thousands available through public and school libraries, or for purchase at bookstores, at any given time. The CCBC helps librarians, teachers, child care providers and others navigate the abundance of choices to locate the best books possible to meet their needs.
 
Vandergrift's YA Literature Page : Explores a wealth of fiction created especially for teens that deals with the possibilities and problems of contemporary life as experienced by this age group. These contemporary problem novels reflect the troubled times in which young readers are coming of age, but young people also need to laugh at themselves and at their world and to escape that world in flights of fancy.  Literature provides a safe haven to accrue life experience.
 
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books : Blue Ribbons are chosen annually by the Bulletin staff and represent what we believe to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth. See the Blue Ribbon Archive for other lists from 1990 through the present. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source.
 
Outstanding Books for the College Bound: The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world.
 
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults: The Amazing Audiobooks list for those ages 12-18 is drawn from the previous two years of spoken-word releases and presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2009 Amazing Audiobooks features a wide range of recordings, with 20 fiction titles and one nonfiction title representing diverse genres and styles, including historical fiction, fantasy and realistic fiction. "Some fantastic audiobooks were published for teens this year; these are the standouts,” said Lee Catalano, committee chair. “We think they’ll amaze you too.”

2009 Best Books for Young Adults: The list of 86 books, drawn from 224 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction that reflects the diversity of the teen experience, nonfiction that brings to teens an awareness of the world they live in and its history, and fantastical stories told in both narrative and graphic formats. The committee also selected a Top 10 list.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens: Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Each year, the Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure. The lists of popular or topical titles are widely available in paperback and represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

ALAN :  The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents is an independent assembly of NCTE. Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature.