Recommended Reading for Teens

What do the Teen Reading Levels mean?

  • YT (Young Teen) reading level and content are most appropriate for Middle School students.
  • OT (Older Teen) reading level and content are most appropriate for High School students.
  • Teen Nonfiction: reading level and content is appropriate for Middle and High School students.

Staff Recommendations

Topic      
Beautiful Brains: Neurodiversity Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Biographies & Graphic Memoirs     Nonfiction
Body Image Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Book Awards and Honors Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Books in Verse: Poetry Young Teen Older Teen  
Bring on the Kleenex Young Teen Older Teen  
Classic Series Young Teen Older Teen  
College Life Young Teen Older Teen  
Easy Listening : Audiobooks Young Teen Older Teen  
Environment     Nonfiction
Get a Clue: Mysteries for Teens Young Teen Older Teen  
Immigrant Experience Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Historical Fiction Young Teen Older Teen  
Jewish Teens Young Teen Older Teen  
LOL Young Teen Older Teen  
Muslim Teens Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Old Story, New Twist Young Teen Older Teen  
Pandemic & Plague Books for Teens Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Picture Books for Teens All Ages
Play Ball! Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Poetry for Teens     Nonfiction
Powerful Womxn Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
Ready, Set, Action: Adventure Young Teen Older Teen  
Slayground: Great Horror Fiction Young Teen Older Teen  
Space Crimes Young Teen Older Teen  
Short Stories Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
So Good it's True: Nonfiction for Teens     Nonfiction
Start Something New Young Teen Older Teen  
Superheroes Young Teen Older Teen  
Teen Foodies Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction
We are Still Here: Indigenous Voices Young Teen Older Teen Nonfiction

Award Winning Books

  • Alex Awards - Top 10 adult books for teens.
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award - awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and then translated into English.
  • The Bluegrass Award - The Kentucky Bluegrass Award is an annual presentation that was first awarded in 1983.  The program’s goal is to encourage children to read and enjoy a variety of books and select their favorite from a list of recently published books.  There are four grade divisions to the Kentucky Bluegrass Award--K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Between 15-25 titles are included in each division.  The author of the collectively favorite book from each division is awarded the Kentucky Bluegrass Award
  • Pura Belpre Award - Established in 1996, this award 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.
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award - The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author's lifetime achievement for writing books that have been popular over a period of time.
  • Coretta Scott King Awards - presented to authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."
  • Newbery Medal - awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
  • Scott O'Dell Award - annual award to a children's or young adult book for distinguished work in historical fiction set in the New World (i.e., North, Central, or South America)
  • Printz Award - New award for excellence in Young Adult Literature.
  • Robert F. Sibert Information Book Award - awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year.
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Recommended Reads

  • Guys Read - A literacy program from Jon Sciezka. Check it out! (Patron Suggestion).
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  • YALSA Booklists - Search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)'s book awards and book lists.
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