YALSA 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

YALSA’s Quick Pick list focuses on books that teens ages 12-18 would pick up on their own and read, specifically books that reluctant readers will enjoy.  I find it an amazing list to use to broaden collections with books that are sure to move off the shelves.

The full list includes 117 titles, and here are the top ten:


Bronxwood by Coe Booth

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

D.C. Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide by Brandon Snider

Enclave by Ann Aguirre


Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

Middle School: The Worst years of My Life by James Patterson

Pavement Chalk Artist: the Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever by Julian Beever


A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant?…and Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask “Who Would Google That?”  by Kendall Almerico and Teen Hottenroth

The Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery by Brenda Haugen

2012 Great Graphic Novels

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has named the top ten graphic novels as well as a longer list of graphic novels perfect for teen readers.  Here is the top ten list: 


Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgal

Axe Cop, Volume 1 by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle

A Bride’s Story, Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori


Daybreak by Brian Ralph

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone, Josh Neufeld & others

Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev


Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Volumes 1 & 2 by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee, & others

Wandering Son, Volume 1 by Shimura Takako

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

Children’s books increasingly emphasize visual art http://j.mp/x9BrTa

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, and "Why We Broke Up" | Artery http://j.mp/zn5Vyn

Harry Potter’s iPhone screen:

Hear an excerpt from Odyssey Award winner ROTTERS http://teachingbooks.net/ql4krcv #alayma #alamw12

Here is the petition for school libraries: http://bit.ly/zCjFU5 #alayma

Hobbies boost children’s academic skills – RTÉ News http://j.mp/w2RpIn

How to choose the best books for kids and teens – On Parenting – The Washington Post http://j.mp/xRwRx5

Hugo gets the most Oscar nominations in 2012. Why? – http://CSMonitor.com http://j.mp/vZUUVq

Interview: John Green http://j.mp/xku3ay

Is ‘The Hunger Games’ Building Too Much Buzz For Its Own Good? : Monkey See : NPR http://j.mp/xkMi1A

Just subscribed to the RSS feed of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults http://j.mp/yM8nCB

squeetus blog: the mighty librarian http://j.mp/w9x48F

Take Your Child to the Library Day Launches on February 4th! http://j.mp/wrK1ad

TED Blog | Harnessing the power of reading: Q&A with illustrator Elizabeth Zunon http://j.mp/zV8WfA

Trending in Youth Culture: The Best Blogs and Sites for Youth Advocates | VOYA http://j.mp/zFQCjx

YA market ripe for digital, say publishers | The Bookseller http://j.mp/zqctzn