Teens can vote for their favorite books during Teen Read Week (October 12-18) in the Teens' Top Ten poll and determine next year's Teen Read Week theme. Last year, teens cast more than 6,000 online votes in the Teens' Top Ten.
The Teen's Top Ten, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Young Adult (YA) Galley project, is a "teen choice" list -the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens. Voting takes place online at www.ala.org/teenstopten through Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m.
Twenty-six titles from this year and last made the list, which can be viewed at www.ala.org/teenstopten
The final 2008 Teens' Top Ten list will be announced Oct. 20.
Teens can also participate by voting for the 2009 theme at the Teen Read Week Web site, www.ala.org/teenread
The 2009 options are: Seek the Unknown @ your library®, Read Beyond Reality @ your library or Unbelievable Reads @ your library. YALSA President Sarah Cornish Debraski notes that teen participation is crucial to Teen Read Week's success—and there's one important way teens can make an impact this week:
"Teens can read! They can visit the library and find a book, magazine or audiobook that appeals to their interests or ask the librarian for suggestions," said Debraski. "And, remember the Teen Read Week celebration doesn't stop after October. Teens can also participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by YALSA with support from World Wrestling Entertainment. A trip to WrestleMania 25 in Houston in April is on the line!"
The 2008 Teen Read Week theme is "Books with Bite @ your library®," which promotes a variety of books – from vampire stories to cooking to technology (byte) – as a tool for getting young adults to read for the fun of it. Since its inception in 1998, Teen Read Week (www.ala.org/teenread ) has encouraged teens to visit their public and school libraries, select their own reading material and read for the fun of it.
Teen Read Week 2008 will be celebrated in more than 4,000 libraries across the U.S. For more than 50 years, YALSA, the fastest growing division of the American Library Association, has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens.
For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists , or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail, email@example.com.