ALA Recommendations for YA Libraries

July 31, 2009 at 11:11 am 2 comments

I recently went to the website for the American Library Association in search for more information on the Printz Award. I’d picked up several YA books in the past that had won this award, and thought they were particularly outstanding.

While wandering around the site, I found the ALA’s “Ultimate YA Bookshelf.” It’s a list of fifty books, five magazines, and five audiobooks that every good YA library should have.

I’ve included the list of books below, highlighting those I own. I’ve got some work to do…

  1. Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  4. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  5. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  6. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  7. Black and White by Paul Volponi
  8. Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy
  9. Bone series by Jeff Smith
  10. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  11. Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  12. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  13. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  16. Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
  17. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  18. Fruits Basket series by Natsuki Takaya
  19. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  20. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  21. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  22. The Guinness Book of World Records
  23. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  25. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  26. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  27. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
  28. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  29. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  30. The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin
  31. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  32. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  33. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
  34. My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
  35. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  36. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  37. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  38. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  39. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  40. Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  41. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  42. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
  43. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
  44. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  45. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
  46. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
  47. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  48. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  49. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  50. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

I’ve got 2/5 of the audiobooks, but in print-book format.

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  • 1. madhousewife  |  August 4, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I haven’t read many of these, but some of the titles intrigue me. I think I’m going to have to read a book called “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.”

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  • 2. Lisa  |  August 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    What a great list. The Book Thief is, with the possible exception of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (by MT Anderson, author of Feed, another amazing book) the best YA I’ve read in years. I’m a bit surprised that they would pick Beauty for Robin McKinley. I like it, but her The Hero and the Crown is the superior book with an incredible heroine.

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