Teen Read Week: October 13-19, 2013

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers. Teen Read Week’s sub-theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books. Here are some book lists for teens and young adults:

Books That Were Made into Films (The list is incomplete but it’s a good start.)

Classic Read-Aloud Favorites (It’s recommended that you read aloud to your kids through high school, not just until they can read themselves.)

Books for Christian Teens (Top Ten, fairytales, fantasy, science fiction, historical, romance, mystery and suspense, etc.)

Classical Christian Education’s 1000 Good Books List (Includes 1st through 12th grades.)

Top Teen Adventure Books (Books That Will Teach and Inspire.)

25 Best Young Adult Fantasy Novels of All Time — So Far (PDF from Daniel Boone Regional Library.)

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library)

Best Young Adult Fantasy Books (A list from FantasyBooks.com)

Futuristic, Speculative, Science Fiction and Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults (A few are crossover titles, published for adults but with teen appeal.)

Young Adult Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens) (Library Booklists)

NPR’s List of Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books (An intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles selected by the NPR audience.)

NPR’s List of 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels (Selected by the NPR audience.)

Best Young Adult Mystery Books (Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award-winning titles.)

These lists are not comprehensive, and everyone has their own favorites, but if you see a title on more than one list, chances are that it’s probably a good book. (It’s up to you to judge a title’s appropriateness for your family, though.)

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