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Stumped about what to read next? Find lots of booklists, "best-of" lists, and award winners for the best young adult books available.

We also have tons of Teen Booklists, available online or at the Library! Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure - we have booklists for all kinds of books. If you see a book you like, place a hold directly from our catalog and it will be waiting for you the next day if it's available. Happy reading!

Want a more personalized booklist? Let our Teen Librarians create a list just for you!

Featured Databases

Books & More


Can't find a database? Try the Databases A-Z Listing!

Biography Reference Bank

From EBSCOhost
Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals - both living and deceased.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Full text articles & criticisms of 130,000 writers.

NoveList Plus

A great stop to finding that next great read, with both fiction and nonfiction titles!

Web Links

Award Winning Books

Best Fiction for Young Adults
The best fiction titles for teens.

Best of the Best
Find the best books and media for youth each year through YALSA's Best of the Best!

John Newbery Medal
Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Margaret A. Edwards Awards
Honors an author's lifetime achievement in young adult literature.

Michael L. Printz Award
Awarded annually to the book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Odyssey Award
Awarded to the producer of the best audiobook for children or teens.

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Presented for a work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher and set in the New World.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

Yalsa's Teens' Top Ten
A "teen choice" list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Reviews & Reading Recommendations

Teen books reviewed and rated by teens.

Reading Rants
Out of the ordinary teen booklists.

Teen Book Finder
Mobile App from YALSA for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States!