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Teen Reads: Noteworthy

Reading recommendations for excellent fiction, nonfiction, & graphic novel books for teens ages 13 to 18 from the Huntington Beach Public Library.

Award-Winning YA Books

What is the Teens Top Ten?

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 - October 15 on the Teens' Top Ten site. Learn more about the Teens Top Ten and view all of this year's nominees at


Want to nominate a book for next year's Teens Top Ten list? Submit your nomination here!

2021 Teens Top Ten Winners

Click to view the list of 2021 nominees.

What is the Alex Award?

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. Learn more about the Alex Award at

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

What is the Coretta Scott King Award?

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.Learn more about the Alex Award at

2022 Winners

The 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Awards John Steptoe Award for New Talent Author goes to Amber McBride for "Me (Moth)"

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent affirms new talent and offers visibility for excellence in writing and/or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published African American creator of children’s books. Me (Moth) is McBride's debut novel.

Find Amber online at



2022 Author Honor Books

2022 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2022 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.

Nikki Grimes has been widely recognized for her distinguished contribution to children’s and young adult literature, winning major awards including: 2020 ALAN Award, 2017 Children’s Legacy Award, The Virginia Hamilton Award at Kent State, a Coretta Scott King author award and five Coretta Scott King author honors. After more than 77 books, she has sealed her legacy by weaving poetry and novels in verse into an impressive body of work. Grimes currently resides in Corona, California, where she continues her powerful writing. Find her online at

What is the Margaret A. Edwards Award?

The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.  The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. Learn more about this award at

A.S. King wins 2022 Edwards Award for “Ask the Passengers,” “Glory O'Brien's History of the Future,” “Please Ignore Vera Dietz

A.S. King provides many diverse characters in her books, among which is Astrid from Ask the Passengers. Readers can connect with her struggles to love herself and others. In Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, readers can understand the struggles of loss where Glory wonders if she will meet the same fate as her mother or if she is in control of her own future. Lastly, in Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Vera struggles with the loss of her best friend Charlie. Teens can relate to Vera and her relationship with Charlie, who faced both domestic and physical abuse in his life. King understands what it is like to be a teen and listens to her readers. A.S. King has continually crafted stories about the daily struggles and obstacles faced by teens on a regular basis through discussion of tough topics.

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What is the Morris Award?

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first given in 2009, honors a book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December.  The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens. Learn more about this award at

2022 Winner

2022 Finalists

What is the YA Nonfiction Award?

YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. Learn more about this award at

2022 Winner

2022 Finalists

What is the Odyssey Award?

This annual award is given to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults available in English in the United States. The selection committee may also select honor titles. The Odyssey Award is jointly given and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of ALA, and is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. Learn more about this award at

2022 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production for Young Adults

2022 Odyssey Honor Audiobooks

What is the Printz Award?

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association. Learn more about this award at

2022 Printz Award Winner

2022 Printz Honor Books

What is the Pura Belpre Award?

Named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, the Pura Belpré Award is presented annually 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. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Learn more about this award at

2022 Young Adult Author Award Winner

2022 Young Adult Author Honor Books

What is the Rainbow Book List?

The Rainbow Book List is an annual annotated bibliography consisting of quality LGBTQIA+ literature intended for readers from birth to age 18. This resource guide is meant to assist librarians, educators, parents, and others to ensure that everyone from babies and children to tweens and teens have access to selecting quality books with significant content regarding inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and all that extends throughout the Rainbow spectrum. Learn more about the Rainbow Book List at

2022 Rainbow Book List Top 10 Titles for Teen Readers

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What is the Schneider Family Book Award?

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Learn more about this award at

2022 Teen Award Winner

2022 Teen Honor Book

What is the Stonewall Award?

The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Rainbow Round Table. Since Isabel Miller's Patience and Sarah received the first award in 1971, many other books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Learn more about this award at

2021 Stonewall Honor Books in Young Adult Literature

What is the Walter Award?

The Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013), authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and was a three-time National Book Award finalist. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books. Learn more about this award at

2022 Teen Award Winner

2022 Teen Honor Books

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