This database provides access to all of YALSA's annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees. These resources are developed by library staff and educators to support the collection development and readers' advisory work of library staff.

These books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, and span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

Recently Added: Diverse titles as recommended by ALA!

How titles are selected

All the recommended reading in the Teen Book Finder Database and app is selected by YALSA committees.

  • Suggest a title: to suggest a title for YALSA's committees to consider, choose an award or book list and click the nomination link. (Note: publishers and authors may not suggest a title, and a suggestion only becomes an official nomination when it is accepted and seconded by the committee.)
  • Committee contacts: publishers interested in submitting books for consideration for a YALSA award or selected list can access committee member rosters online or contact Nichole O'Connor at noconnor@ala.org for assistance.

Use and reproduction of YALSA's awards and lists

YALSA's lists of recommended reading may be reproduced under "fair use" standards. As stated in Section 107 of The Copyright Act of 1976, factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole

Additional collection development and content curation resources

Additional Resources

YALSA is part of the American Library Association, which develops additional recommended reading resources of interest to library staff, educators and afterschool providers who serve teens: 


YALSA's mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens—especially those with the greatest needs—on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. YALSA is a division of the American Library Association, a 501c3 organization that is headquartered in Chicago, IL. To learn more about YALSA, visit our main web site.

Contact Us

For questions or additional information about the database, please contact YALSA at yalsa@ala.org