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2020 Teens’ Top Ten Announced
The official titles of YALSA’s 2020 Teens’ Top Ten have been announced. Voting by teens began in in mid-August and ended mid-October. View and download the full list with annotations on the Teens’ Top Ten webpage.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2021 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form by Dec. 31. For books to be eligible for consideration for 2021, they must be published between Jan. 1– Dec. 31, 2020. Since the start of the year, YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten book groups, which are made up of teen book groups from libraries across the U.S., have been reading advanced reading copies and nominating titles. 


In honor of Banned Books Week (September 20-October 3, 2020), let’s celebrate the FREEDOM to READ! Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019_1_0

Watch this wee video to see the top ten most challenged books of 2019 and why they were challenged:

Why are books challenged? You’ll notice that a good number were banned because of references to LGBTQ+ characters and stories. Other reasons include references to sex, violence, drugs, “blasphemous” language, racism, and more. For a full list, check out this website:

“The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.” –

Yay! Freedom to READ!