Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Teens Get Their Say at ALA

At the American Libraries Association Conference at the end of June, APL was asked to bring a few teenagers to help participate in a feedback session on the picks so far for this years selection of "Best Fiction for Young Adults." We were very honored to be able to bring teens to speak on this panel. And we were also super proud of the teens that we took!

So, Jon Scieszka and Mo Willems are right behind them...
just fyi
Alison and CJ definitely did their homework. There are a TON of books on the B.F.Y.A. nominations list. (You can take a look here ) They had each read a large portion of the titles and were ready and armed with opinions on them.

After lunch with John Green, David Levithan and Andrea Cremer (you can read more about that here), our teens, along with many from other local libraries, were led to a conference room. There were members from the panel (who will make the final decision on what will be named "Best Fiction for Young Adults" in 2010) as well as publishers and other librarians already sitting. These folks were ready to hang on their words because when you're buying or publishing books for teens, you know who's opinion really matters? TEENS! Of course!

Getting ready to tell everyone what they think!
The teens lined up and, page by page, told the audience just what they thought of the list so far. The good, the bad and the ugly. It was really wonderful to hear the passion that everyone brought with them, for the books they LOVED and the books they HATED.

If you're interested in reading a Twitter transcript of the event, you can do so here and, although there were many problems with the video feed, you can get a taste of the event here.

Some of the books that we heard talked about a lot (because they were liked!):
Split by Swati Avasthi
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
Last Night I Sang to The Monster by Benjamin Saenz

Then, when we were done, we headed into the HUGE HUGE hall of publishers and other people selling things that libraries wanted and we stacked up on Free books!
We didn't do quite as well as Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen, but CJ and Alison will definitely have plenty to read over the summer!
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen's Book Haul! (Woah!)
Thanks CJ and Alison for making us look so good!


Alison said...

Thanks Nico and Pat for taking us! A bunch of other people were supposed to come too - next time it's in the area definitely sign up to go. It's loads of fun!

Anonymous said...

Arlington may have only had two teens at the BFYA session but their comments were thoughtful and well received. You two were awsome!