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Start your 2013 reading lists with YALSA’s new award winners!

Over the weekend, librarians from all over the country gathered in Seattle to make some decisions about the best books of the year for teens and children.  The results of these meetings (and a year of reading everything that the committee members can get their hands/eyes on) are reflected in a variety of awards and book lists, giving readers a great resource for filling up their to-read shelf on Goodreads, or equivalent listmaking app, including paper and pencil.

(Some of the lists won’t be live until later in the week so check back at this link.)


These are the books published for teens last year that are deemed to have the best literary merit.

This year’s winner:


“Fifteen-year-old Shorty awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint L’Ouverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.”

Former winners:

Have you read any of these great books?

wherethings  goingbovine  jellicoeroad


This award goes to the best book published last year by a first time author. No pressure, right?


When the death of a royal prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina conceals a dangerous secret of her own—her half-human, half-dragon heritage.

Or try out these previous winners:

freakobserver   flash burnout  cursedark



The Alex Award honors books published for adults that teenagers might really identify with and enjoy.

There is not one single book that wins an Alex, but a list.  Here are some highlights

tellthewolves  pure    dahmer     caringcreepy

There are also lists honoring the best quick, fun reads, comics, audiobooks, and more… explore them and fill up your to-read list for next year! By then there will be even more lists to peruse…


– Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

One Response

  1. […] Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (which we’ve blogged about here and there) is presented by one such committee each year to honor the best book written for […]

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