Young Adult Library Services

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Fiction After Tupac and D Foster, by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Susan Spain. Brilliance Audio. Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen, read by Rachel Botchan. Recorded Books. Boys are Dogs, by Leslie Margolis, read by Ellen Grafton. Brilliance...
A New Literature for a New Millenium? the First Decade of the Printz Awards
History was made on January 17, 2000, when the first-ever winner of the Michael L. Printz Award was announced, along with three honor titles. Together these four books exemplified the newly literary, sometimes experimental, and increasingly diverse...
"Best" Book Selection through the Years
Changes were recently made to the selection criteria for the Best Books for Young Adults Committee, yet these were not the first changes made in the list's seventy-year history. As with all changes, there have been mixed reactions, but what prompted...
Best Books for Young Adults
Fiction Anderson, Laure Halse. Wintergirls. Penguin/Viking. Barnes, John. Tales of the Madman Underground. Penguin/ Viking. Booraem, Ellen. The Unnameables. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt. Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom...
Beyond Good Intentions: Explore Diversity at YALSA's YA Lit Symposium
Beyond Good Intentions: Diversity, Literature and Teens is the theme of YALSA's next Young Adult Literature Symposium, which will place on November 5-7, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The symposium features programs, author talks, and receptions...
Focus on Diversity: YALSA Diversity Taskforce
Diversity in the 21st century is a significant and challenging issue. How can we support diversity in our workplace, school systems, and public avenues? Within a library setting, diversity takes on a different element as organizations attempt to diversify...
From the Editor
Welcome to our Spring Awards issue. As I write this, a lot of you are shoveling snow, but I am in California, where my daffodils are blooming and my cherry tree has its first blossoms, so it really does seem like spring! In Boston at the ALA Midwinter...
Give $10 in '10!
The Friends of YALSA need your support in 2010! We're asking you to pledge $10 to the Friends of YALSA this year to support YALSA's advocacy efforts and make sure that our association can support our members as we work to ensure that teens have access...
Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Nonfiction Butzer, C.M. Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel. HarperCollins Geary, Rick. Trotsky: A Graphic Biography. Hill and Wang Guibert, Emmanuel. Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders. Roaring Brook/First Second....
Listener for Life
Three years ago, I was thinking about getting involved in a professional association. Being a teen librarian, YALSA was my first and obvious choice. I promptly went to the YALSA web site, filled out a form, and anxiously waited for any word. When a...
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Bodies They come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities ... love it or hate it, you only have one body. Cabot, Meg. Airhead. Scholastic/Scholastic Point. Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. HarperCollins/ HarperTeen. Deuker, Carl....
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: It's All about the Popular
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (PPYA) is a YALSA selection committee charged with creating between 1 and 5 themed lists of titles that are available in paperback and popular with teens. The PPYA committee has a stated purpose of "encourag[ing]...
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Fiction Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. Penguin/Viking. Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Crazy Beautiful. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt. Babygirl Drama Series Daniels, Babygirl. 16 on the Block (series #1). Urban Books. Daniels, Babygirl....
Showcase Your Teen Services during District Days!
Keeping advocacy efforts at the forefront right now is important in this tough economy. Some organizations refer to the time that Congress is out of session as "District Days," because Congresspersons usually go home to their districts. This year,...
The YALSA Board in Action: A Case Study in Hard Work, Strategic Thinking, Big Picture Planning, and Risk-Taking
You might not know, but being a member of the YALSA Board of Directors means a lot more than showing up at meetings at the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The work of YALSA Board members requires twelve months of dedication and includes quite...
WrestleMania Reading Challenge
Gabe Murrell, Liam Jose, and La'Quan Deen won the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Championships on March 27 at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona, winning ringside tickets to WrestleMania XXVI. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is...
YALSA Announces 2010 Literary Award Winners and Selected Booklists
As part of the ALA's annual Youth Media Awards at the Midwinter Meeting, YALSA announced the winners of its six literary awards, including the Alex Awards, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the William C. Morris Award, the brand new Excellence in Nonfiction...
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Year One
What is it like to serve on and chair a new award committee? It began with a Policies and Procedures document and a committee of nine YALSA members, supported by a consultant from Booklist and an administrative assistant. For this, the 1st year, all...
YALSA Board of Directors Update
The YALSA Board met at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting in January in Boston, Massachusetts, and again via conference call, on February 25, 2010. Minutes for both meetings, as well as documents for all agenda items, can be found by visiting www.ala.org/yalsa...