Arkansas Teen Book Award & Book Lists

Teens can submit their vote through August 31st

2018 Winners: Scythe by Neal Shusterman and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

2018 Runners Up: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell, The Plot to Kill Hitler by Patricia McCormick, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, and My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter

Arkansas Teen Book Award

 2019-2020 Reading List

(Vote will be held October 31, 2020)

Arkansas Teen Book Award 

2019-2020 Voting List

Level 1 Grades 7-9 
Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosockza
I am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Illegal by Eoin Colfer
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

Level 2 Grades 10-12 
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association 2020 Teens’ Top Ten Voting Open

Voting for YALSA’s 2020 Teens’ Top Ten is open through October 15. Teens can vote for up to three of their favorite titles. The “top ten” titles with the most votes will be named the official 2020 Teens’ Top Ten titles. Watch the nominees’ video and vote here!

Registration Open for YALSA’s 2020 Virtual YA Services Symposium

Early bird registration for YALSA’s 2020 Virtual YA Services Symposium, which takes place November 6-8, is open now through September 15. The theme for this year’s symposium is Biggest Little Spaces: How Libraries Serve the Expanding Worlds of Teens. New this year to the Symposium for no additional charge, attend the Edwards Luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, November 7.

Registration includes:

•                 Access to recordings of all sessions for one-year post event

•                 Friday: Evening opening session

•                 Saturday: Programs, author “breakfast” and “luncheon” events

•                 Sunday: Programs, author “breakfast” event and closing session

Registration is open to anyone with an interest in young adult services and literature. Additional programs such as Friday pre-conferences can be added to registration for additional fees. View the list of programs and participating authors

Register online or by phone at 312-280-4293. Learn more about the symposium at For questions or concerns, please contact Nichole O’Connor at

YALSA Virtual Book Award Celebration Recordings

In June, ALA celebrated its book awards through an all-day virtual event, The ALA Book Award Celebrations. Among those celebrated were YALSA’s Odyssey and Printz Award. If you weren’t able to attend the celebrations live, view the recordings on the ALA YouTube channel. Be sure to also check out the Alex Awards Celebration that also took place in June.

Celebrate TeenTober

Celebrate TeenTober this October with our brand new digital poster and bookmark. Stay tuned for the release of additional resources to further help you celebrate the new initiative!

Book Awards Suggestion Forms

Did you know you can suggest titles to be considered a nominee for our book awards? If you’ve read a recent title that you think would be a good fit, please submit them via the appropriate form below.

Book Awards

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