What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

    Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
    Chime, by Franny Billingsley
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
    Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King
    The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout
    The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
    The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
    Ultraviolet, by R.J. Anderson

The Eisner Awards recognize excellence in comics and graphic books. The 2011 Best Publication for Teens winner was:

Smile, by Raina Telgemeier

Los Angeles Times Book Prize YA Shortlist:

   Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
   The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman
   A Monster Calls, Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, by Patrick Ness
   Life: An Exploded Diagram, by Mal Peet
   The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

The Cybils are chosen by young adult book bloggers. The 2011 winners include:

   Nonfiction: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart,
   by Candace Fleming
   Graphic Novel: Anya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol
   Fantasy & Science Fiction: Blood Red Road, by Moira Young
   Fiction: Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach

The 2012 Edgar Award Nominees for Best Young Adult Mystery:

   Shelter, by Harlan Coben
   The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson
   The Silence of Murder, by Dandi Daley Mackall
   The Girl is Murder, by Kathryn Miller Haines
    Kill You Last, by Todd Strasser

Most of these awards will list past winners (and sometimes shortlists or nominees) on their web sites. You can find more awards lists to look to for recommendations of what to read next at DPL's Teen Book Awards page!

What's your favorite award to look to for recommendations?

Written by Becker on February 22, 2012


Gwen on February 22, 2012


Wow! There are some great small treasures on this list. Thanks for sharing them and giving us some more reading ideas, Becker.

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