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Southbury Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of Memorial Day.

Teen Book Recommendations

Looking for a good book? Whether you’re an avid reader who has run out of things to read, or not sure how to dive into reading more, we’ve got you covered! You can always ask us in person if you need help finding your next book, but we have a few options online, too!

Teen Staff Picks

These lists link directly into our catalog, so if you see an item you're interested in you can see if it is currently available or place a hold on it.

Below we’ve got links to a variety of Award Winners. Many of these awards are from the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). For those awards and other genres, we love YALSA’s Book Finder Tool.

To find out about specific awards, see below!


Alex Award Seal

Alex Award

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12-18.  The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. To see books in our catalog that have won the Alex Award, click here!



Edwards Award Seal

Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author, as well as a specific body of their work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.


Morris Award Seal

Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. 




Nutmeg Book Award

Nutmeg Award

The nutmeg award encourages students to read quality books and choose their favorite from a list of 10 nominated titles. There are four divisions–Elementary (grades 2-3); Intermediate (grades 4-6); Middle School (grades 7-8); and High School (grades 9-12). Find nutmegs in our catalog here.



Odyssey Award Seal

Odyssey Award

The Odyssey Award is given for the best children’s or young adult audiobook of the year.


Printz Award Seal

Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year.



Stonewall Award Seal

Stonewall Award

Since 1971, the Stonewall Awards honor books of exceptional merit relating to the LGBTQ+ experience. Each year they select winners for adult fiction and nonfiction and honor books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.




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