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​Staff Picks Book Lists

Best Teen Books of 2019

There's a little bit of everything on our list of picks of the best teen books of 2019.


Ready to go back to class? Start the year off with some "class-y," back-to-school literature. 

Historical Fiction

For readers who like a little real in their imaginary worlds.


Books for young adult readers that feature a Latinx character.

My Teenage Romance

Ah, young love. Read one of these YA love stories of teenage romance.


June is LGBT Pride Month. There are great YA books on the subject. Check them out!

The Future is Female

These gals are strong, fearless and have courageous stories to tell. Follow their footsteps in literature and beyond!   

Leveled Reading Lists

Looking for a specific reading level? Browse our graded and Lexile Level lists in our Leveled Reading Lists collection. These lists contain materials for both children and teens. Choose the level appropriate for you!

​Printz Young Adult Literature AwardYoung man reading a book that's covering his face

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

​American Indian Youth Literature Award

The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are given out every 2 years with an award for Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult. The awards, established in 2006, honor the best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

​Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award is given annually by the American Library Association 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. 

​Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking (REFORMA), an ALA affiliate.

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