"Best of" Lists
Award-Winning Books for Teens
With so many excellent young adult books published each year, it can be difficult for teen readers to determine which ones are the best. Each January, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, gives out several awards, including the Michael J. Printz Medal for literary excellence in young adult literature. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four Honor Books. Here are some of the winners and honorees since 2000, presented in descending order from most recent to oldest. These rich stories and diverse characters will have teens -- and even their parents -- hooked from the first chapter. For more great teen reads, check out our Teen Books and Romantic Fantasy Books for Teens.