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Reading Recommendations: Young Adult

This guide provides the resources to assist you in locating what to read next. Browse the resources below or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library for Reader's Advisory assistance.


The passionate teens in these books aim to change the world for the better. These books are suitable for grades 7-12.  -

Young Adult (YA) books are catered towards readers from 12 to 18 years of age. While the genre is targeted to teenagers, approximately half of YA readers are adults.

2024 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

The Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises recommended graphic novels for readers ages 12 to 18. The titles below make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at

2023 Blue Hen Book Award

The Blue Hen Book Award is a children’s choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association. 

2023 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. 

2023 Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award, from the American Library Association, is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

2023 Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

2023 Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.