Reluctant Reader Awards


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To prepare an annual annotated list of recommended books appropriate for reluctant young adult readers.

The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.



Each nomination must be submitted on an official form. Nomination forms may be obtained from the YALSA website, from the YALSA office, or from the current committee chair. The chair must receive all nominations at least 60 days prior to the first day of the Midwinter Meeting to be considered.

Field nominations require a second from a Quick Picks committee member. Nominations must be submitted on the official form.

The chair informs the committee of field nominations, which will remain active until all nominations are closed. If no committee member seconds the field nomination, the title is dropped from consideration.

Nominations from authors or publishers for their own titles are not eligible for the list.

A book must have a copyright date during the current calendar year or have been published from July to December of the previous calendar year to be considered for the list. A book originally published outside the United States will be considered according to its U.S. publication year. Any book which was voted on at the Midwinter Meeting is not eligible for nomination the following year.

All titles should have appeal as self-selected leisure reading for young adults. Books should be evaluated by subject, cover art, readability, format and style. Standard selection criteria consonant with the ALA Library Bill of Rights shall be applied.