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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.

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.

Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2021

The latest top 10 graphic novels for youth, reviewed in Booklist between July 2020 and January 2021, highlight works inspired by Black history and queer coming-of-age stories, along with a healthy dose of magic, creatures, and monsters.

2021 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. 

2021 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. 

2021 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.

2021 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.

2021 Alex Awards

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