As the author of two young adult novels called Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off, I was delighted to hear of an endeavor called Teen Read Week. 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 and library users. 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.
During Teen Read Week, libraries, schools and youth serving organizations across the country are planning special events encouraging teens to read something just for the fun of it. The Teen Read Week website has a variety of activities such as teens voting for their Top 10 titles. Librarians, authors, publishers, educators and teens should stop by the site to check out how to get involved this year and for future years.
If you know a teen who could use some reading ideas, visit the Top 100 Teen Books List from NPR. What are your favorite young adult novels?