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Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorites button; share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen! Not sure where to start? YALSA offers three hot picks on the homepage each day.

What's New

Version 2.2

Updated with new books for 2018

Ratings and Reviews

Updated one year ago

Dire raven

Since all the other reviews are older than one year I thought I would try this app out and review it. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was I was surprised at how many books were missing from popular authors. Brandon Sanderson only had two books listed when his Mistborn and other series are very popular for instance.

Good idea, clunky implementation


So, I love the YALSA lists online. They are top-notch and a great place to go to find titles for my 9th grade classroom library. Actually, they're the best place I've found. And all the books are in this app, I suppose, but... a lot of buts. A few of the screens are missing "back" buttons, so once you get there you're kind of trapped and have to start over instead of just going back and searching for more "sci fi" titles or whatever.
I wish the reviews or synopses were a bit more substantial—there's all this app infrastructure but then not all that much that actually tells you about the actual titles once you find them.
And the searching—yikes! Authors names are actually NOT IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. First, they seem like they're sorted by first name, but then you look closely and realize all the first names are L's, for example, but after that the names jump all around. Bizarre. The first time I tried searching by author, I was looking for other books by the same author of a book I'd just found through the app. When I finally found her name (not in alphabetical order), it said "NO TITLES LISTED." And I had just looked at a book by her in the app! (Lish McBride/"Hold Me Closer, Necromancer" if any folks who work on the app are reading).
So as a result, I fear this may not be a reliable way to locate books for kids as I'd hoped. If this worked the way it should, it'd be awesome!

Great lists, but "find it" feature lacking


These are great lists and it's awesome to have them so readily available. The only problem - and perhaps someone can enlighten me on this point - is that the "find it" feature, which as far as I know is powered by oclc's worldcat search api, doesn't bring up local, relevant results (essentially the results you would get if you used worldcat's actual site).
A previous reviewer suggested that only academic libraries were included in results, but I'm not sure that's the problem. Utilizing the find it feature for HP & the deathly hallows, for example, tells me that the nearest copy (I'm in Wisconsin) is at an elementary school outside Philadelphia. Hmm.
Has anyone else experienced this problem? Regardless, I think it's a great readers advisory/collection development tool, but marketing it to teens with the promise of a feature that isn't actually functional seems problematic.
4 for great potential and because I'm sure yalsa can iron out the wrinkles.


American Library Association
25 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© American Library Association 2012


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