June 28, 2017

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YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten; L.A. Times Book Awards Announced

YALSA Teen Top Ten2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Revealed
The nominees for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten were announced on April 13, during National Library Week, by the stars of Everything, Everything, the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s debut YA novel. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where young adults nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages 12–18 will vote online between August 15 and the close of Teen Read Week™ (October 8–14) on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week. View an annotated list of the nominees here (pdf).

The Lie Tree US VersionThe L.A. Times Book Award for Young Adult Fiction goes to the much recognized The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Abrams). The SLJ Best Book has already been awarded the Costa Book Award for children’s book, Costa Book of the Year, and Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction. It has also been nominated for several others, such as the Andre Norton Award.

Best Buy Community Grants Program
The Best Buy Community Grants Program provides support to community-based organizations that are located within 25 miles of a Best Buy facility. Eligible programs must create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to learn about, experiment with, and interact with the latest technologies to build 21st-century skills. Eligible programs must deliver community-based youth programs for teens ages 13–18 that occur outside of normal school hours, and serve a diverse population. Examples of program activities include computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. The average grant amount is $5,000; grants will not exceed $10,000. Public and nonprofit community-based organizations (e.g., community centers, schools, and libraries) are eligible to apply. Online proposals may be submitted May 1–19, 2017. Visit the Best Buy website to review the full program guidelines.

andre norton2016 Andre Norton Award Jury Recommended Reading List

As part of the SFWA Nebula Awards process this year, the Andre Norton Award Jury went to work reading eligible young adult and middle grade fiction. Starting early in 2016, six volunteers had the difficult task of narrowing down a lot of fiction. Through all that reading, they’ve come up with a recommended reading list in addition to the finalists that have already been announced.

Lee & Low BooksLee & Low Books recently announced the results of its fourth annual New Visions Award for new authors of color. This year, in partnership with First Book and the NEA Foundation, the award expanded to two winning manuscripts: Operation Yellowbird, by coauthors Ming and Wah Chen, who are identical twin sisters with a shared love of Chinese history and adventure stories, and The Wind Called My Name, by Mary Louise Sanchez. Born and raised in Wyoming, Sanchez received the 2012 Emerging Voices Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Winning authors receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a standard publication contract with Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of Lee & Low Books. Three New Visions Award finalists were also announced: Searching for Superman by Jasmine Wade, Angel Dressed in Black by Robin Farmer, and Sun-Kadelic: An Afro-Futuristic, Historical Fiction by Jiton Davidson.

Update: YALSA’s Quick Picks and Amazing Audiobooks @ The Hub
The team of “The Hub” bloggers for the Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and Amazing Audiobooks lists have been selected. They will soon start posting on the member blog to highlight nominated titles. Read more here.

If you have a field suggestion for a title that the blogging groups should consider, nominate using the Amazing Audiobooks form or the Quick Picks form. The full details on eligibility and criteria can be found on the Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Group Function Statement and Quick Picks Blogging Group Function Statement.

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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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