Thursday, January 28, 2010

Consolidation of a different kind

by Michael

I was disappointed to hear that YALSA (Youth Adult Library Services Association) decided to discontinue their BBYA (Best Books for Young Adults) list. Though I’m not a librarian or educator, I was always eager to know what librarians were recommending for teens. The list was great because it recognized bestselling and award-winning books, but it also gave attention to lesser-known titles that deserve to be read.

Since it’s the last one, it seems more important than ever to check out the list. Though some of these books may overlap with the other lists (see the arguments in the SLJ article above), I think having this sort of overview is invaluable. Do you agree? Or do you think the list is redundant? I’m curious to know.


  1. I have no doubt that if the new system is less than stellar, some enterprising librarians will respond with an alternative. I'll miss the list, but I know we'll will keep beating the drums for worthwhile titles.

  2. As a YA writer, I will very much miss the list. I find it very useful in keeping current with teen books.