This week, Oct 13 – 19, is Teen Read Week. This celebration is  “a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults.” I’m a bit late on this I know, but better late than never. I like to highlight events like this not only because I enjoy reading YA literature personally, but I also believe in championing teens, fighting censorship, making sure everyone is literate (and perhaps even get them to develop a love of reading) and especially promoting the public library system. This info pdf shows why teens need library services and they are some scary statistics, like 25% of high school students fail to graduate on time and 21% of public secondary schools don’t have a paid full-time state-certified librarian. This page lists 60+ ways that everyday citizens can advocate Teen Services. Here is a guide for parents and caregivers on teen reading.

This is YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Ultimate Teen Booklist:


Acceleration by Graham McNamee

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Black and White by Paul Volponi

Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy

Bone series by Jeff Smith

The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Fruits Basket series by Natsuki Takaya

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Guinness Book of World Records

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block


Game Pro


Rolling Stone

Shonen Jump



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Recorded Books)

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer (Listen and Live)

The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin (Brilliance)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Caedmon)

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (HarperAudio)

Note: While these materials have been selected for ages 12-18, the titles on this list span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.