Take 5 Community Reads for YA
Thinking about doing a community-wide read for teens? You could create a list of companion books for teens inspired by an adult selection like the St. Joseph County Public Libraries did, you could select a book specifically for your teens, or you could encourage the whole community to dive into teen lit by selecting a YA market book for everyone to read. There are lots of options. Check out these five titles that have been used around the country to create conversations, build community, and involve books and programming around books in teens’ lives in a big way.
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A contemporary realistic title with broad age appeal can open conversation to a wide audience on a variety of current issues that impact the daily lives of teens.
Selected by Goodnow Library, Sudbury, MA
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A book with a strong fan base will make promoting the event a lot easier – readers who love the book will be your best advertisement.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Pull in so-called “non readers” by thinking beyond novels. Graphic novels and nonfiction appeal on topic and delivery in a way that gives you a great jumping off point for conversations and programming.
Selected by Newton South High School, Newton, MA
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Look to nonfiction about current issues with an engaging delivery to involve high school aged teens and adults for conversations that impact all of us in modern society.
Selected by Fairfield, CT
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
A well loved classic that offers lots of programming potential and builds on the nostalgia factor. Reading it again as a teen might bring surprising realizations for those who skimmed over bits when they were younger.
Selected by Westmont Public Library, Westmont, IL
About Heather Booth
Heather Booth has worked in libraries since 2001 and am the author of Serving Teens Through Reader’s Advisory (ALA Editions, 2007) and the editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Servcies along with Karen Jensen.
SLJ Blog Network