What the Cool Kids are Reading

Looking for your next summer read? The awesome folks at YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, have pulled together their list of the most popular books of 2019, as chosen by teen book groups from schools and public libraries around the U.S.

The top 25 nominees are listed below (click here for a PDF of the same list) and students ages 12 to 18 are encouraged to vote for their favorites beginning Aug. 15 to help determine the year’s Top 10 which will be announced in mid-October on the YALSA website. Previous year’s Teens’ Top 10 winners are also listed there.


If you’re looking for even more book recommendations, YALSA has a book search tool that’ll allow you to sort by genre.

I also really like the choose-your-own-adventure style of search offered by StoryTimeTeen.com, a site curated by fellow English teacher James Tilton and his students at Eastside High School in Lancaster, Calif.

Whenever I’m baffled as to which SSR books to recommend to kids, these two websites have me covered. Hope they’re useful to you, too. Happy summer, everyone!

Please note: I have no business relationship with YALSA or StoryTimeTeen and have received nothing in exchange for this blog post. I just like learning about cool stuff and sharing it with my teacher friends.

4 thoughts on “What the Cool Kids are Reading

  1. This is great timing! My freshmen are required to read basically anything they want this summer. I’m going to share this list (and the cool search tools) on my teacher website! Thank you!

  2. Spread the word far and wide, Cassie. Happy almost summer! 🙂

  3. Kendall A. Childs says:

    Happy summer vacation, Laura! Thanks for the list of books and the sites. Always looking for a great read for my students. Have a great summer. I am recovering from total knee replacement surgery to my right knee. (Yes, last summer was my left knee.) I will have a lot of time to read for myself.


  4. Enjoy that R&R time, Kendall. 🙂 My sister had the same surgery a while back (I’m thinking it was about two years ago) and now she’s hiking volcano ridges in Hawaii. You’ll be back up and running/hiking soon, I’m sure. 🙂

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