Great Reads for Teens

 

Choosing the Right Book

Our Teen collection serves grades 6 through 12 – a wide range of fiction and nonfiction written for teens and tweens alike. Follow the stickers on the book spines to learn which books are appropriate for which ages. Ultimately, you should choose the book that you want to read – our stickers are just here to help you out!

All the books in the collection have the “Teen” sticker, indicating they’re in the collection, but books with no additional stickers have typically been reviewed as appropriate for 7th grade and up. Books with a small yellow dot on the spine are reviewed specifically for high schoolers and may contain mature content, themes, or concepts. Books featuring a “Tween” sticker are great for readers in 5th grade through 7th grade – they’re a little less mature in content, and serve as a great bridge from middle grade literature to true young adult literature.

Library Catalog
Check out the Teen & Tween Room in our online catalog to search for materials for 5th grade through high school, and access lists of new and forthcoming titles. You can also search our online catalog using a Lexile range.

NextReads
Choose your age ranges, enter your email address, and get recommended reading from your own Lincolnwood librarians delivered straight to your inbox.

NoveList
Book reviews and book summaries of young adult, adult, and children’s books. Updated monthly. Outside the Library, this database is only available to Lincolnwood Library card holders.

Award-Winning Books

Teen Choice Awards

Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award
This award is given annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating Illinois students in grades 9 through 12. To vote, you must read at least four of the twenty nominated books on this year’s current list of nominees, and then vote for your favorite book! (Talk to your high school librarian about voting details.) Check out past nomination lists and winners.

Rebecca Caudill Award
A children’s choice book award for grades 4-8. Read at least three books on this year’s current list of nominees, and then vote for your favorite book! (Talk to your school librarian about voting details.) Check out past nomination lists and winners.

American Library Association Awards

Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are given to books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults ages 12 to 18, published during the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
The Amazing Audiobooks list is an annual list of notable audio recordings of significance for young adults released in the past two years. Check out past and current lists.

Best Fiction for Young Adults
The BFYA list presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months highly recommended. Each list includes dozens of titles as well as a noted top ten. Check out past and current listsas well as the Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists.

Coretta Scott King Awards
The Coretta Scott King Awards were named in honor of the life and work of Mrs. Coretta Scott King and her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are awarded annually to the author and illustrator of the most outstanding books for young adults and children written or illustrated by African American authors that reflect the African American experience. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Morris Award
The Morris Award is named for William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for young adults. It is given annually to a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and young adults. Check out a list of past nominees and winning titles.

Odyssey Award
The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is named for the epic poem The Odyssey, originally told and retold in the oral tradition but written down by Homer. It is awarded annually to the producer of the best audiobook for children and young adults published during the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Printz Award
The Printz award is named for Michael L. Printz, a school librarian and active advocate for young adult library services. It is given annually to the author of the best book written for young adults published in the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Pura Belpré Award
The Pura Belpré Award was named in honor of Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is awarded annually to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latinx cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Schneider Family Book Award
The Schneider Award honors the author or illustrator of a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles in the three categories: Children’s, Middle School, and Teen.

Sibert Medal
The Sibert Medal was named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books. It is awarded annually by the Association of Library Service to Children to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States during the previous year. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.

Stonewall Book Awards
The Stonewall Book Awards are presented to works of exceptional merit honoring and relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Check out a list of past winning and honored titles.