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Young Adults’ Choices

Young Adults’ Choices

Young Adults’ Choices can be counted on as the new books that teens have enjoyed reading and voted on as their favorites.

Each year, approximately 12,500 students in grades 7 to 12 from different regions of the United States read newly-published teen trade books and vote for the ones they like best in a program managed by the ILA.

The annual Young Adults’ Choices, selected from hundreds of titles, can be used successfully in reading programs and can be related to classroom curricula.

The ILA Young Adults’ Choices (formerly Literature for Young Adults’ Project) began in 1987 as an annual project of the International Reading Association, now the International Literacy Association. In 2019, the Young Adults’ Choices were added to the partnership with CBC, who already work closely with ILA on the yearly Children’s Choices.

See past Young Adults’ Choices annotated lists at the International Literacy Association (ILA).

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Selection Process

Each year, publishers submit hundreds of titles to be evaluated and voted on by 12,500 children. Throughout the school year, five review teams across the country work with their local classroom teachers and librarians to incorporate the books into classroom activities. The top titles are announced at the ILA Annual Convention in July. The fully annotated list of Young Adults’ Choices appears in early May on the ILA website.

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Submission Process

2020 submissions are NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 8, 2019. Only submissions from trade publishing companies or divisions will be accepted. Titles must be published in 2019 (some exceptions can be made for books published in November or December 2018, contact us for details).

Read carefully the 2020 Young Adults’ Choices Submissions Call for eligibility and submission guidelines. Then use one of these methods for submission:

1) Download the 2020 Submissions Spreadsheet, fill it out, and email it to Laura.Peraza@cbcbooks.org. The Spreadsheet contains five different tabs, one tab for each corresponding Best Of list. Please be sure to enter your title information in the correct sheet.

2) 2020 YAC Submission Form. (If you’ve submitted successfully you should get a Thank You message and an email with a record of your submission.)

The Spreadsheet or Submission Form must be completed by July 8, 2019 but books do not need to be shipped at this time (shipping instructions will come after submissions).

Find the Submission Process of all Best Of lists here.

Email Laura.Peraza@cbcbooks.org with questions about the Young Adults’ Choices list.

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Children's & Teen Choice Boo AwardsTHE CHILDREN’S & TEEN CHOICE BOOK AWARDS

Submissions to the Young Adults’ Choices program may become finalists in the Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national child-chosen awards program in the country.

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PUBLISHERS: Learn more about other Best Of Lists here or about the benefits of membership here.

Join the Project! Would you like to become a part of this exciting project? The complete packet of Team Leader responsibilities and application information is available online.


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