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Recommended Reading & Book Award Lists

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels (NPR Poll)

Alex Award for Adult Books with Special Appeal to Young Adults 

Best Books for Young Adults -Best book lists through 2010 from the Young Adult Library Services Association. 

Coretta Scott King Book Awards  - "The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values."

Freeman Book Awards - National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature. The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia. Awards are given in two categories: Children’s and Young Adult on the several countries of East and Southeast Asia.

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

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature -

"The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year."

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People - The lists are broken down in to levels, scroll down to the bottom for 9-12th. 

NY Times Bestselling YA Hardback Fiction

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Phoenix Award Winners

"he award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit."

Pura Belpre' Award - "The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth."

Read Kiddo Read - Reading lists and other resources compiled by author, James Patterson.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

"The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year."

SC Young Adult Book Award Nominees  

List of twenty books are selected each year and students from across South Carolina read and vote for the state award winner. See Ms. Adams if you would like to participate in the voting. 

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Teaching Books

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The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time 

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA's Book and Media Lists

Young Adult Reading Lists and Awards from TeachingBooks - includes a wealth of resources on books and literature. Resources include author interviews, lesson ideas, book trailers and recommended reading lists.