YALSA’s Teen Book Finder 4+

American Library Association

Designed for iPhone

    • 2.7 • 6 Ratings
    • Free

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Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorites button; share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen! Not sure where to start? YALSA offers three hot picks on the homepage each day.

What’s New

Version 2.3.0

- Updated to include new titles for 2019
- Support for iOS 12

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

teacherskip ,

Good idea, clunky implementation

So, I love the YALSA lists online. They are top-notch and a great place to go to find titles for my 9th grade classroom library. Actually, they're the best place I've found. And all the books are in this app, I suppose, but... a lot of buts. A few of the screens are missing "back" buttons, so once you get there you're kind of trapped and have to start over instead of just going back and searching for more "sci fi" titles or whatever.
I wish the reviews or synopses were a bit more substantial—there's all this app infrastructure but then not all that much that actually tells you about the actual titles once you find them.
And the searching—yikes! Authors names are actually NOT IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. First, they seem like they're sorted by first name, but then you look closely and realize all the first names are L's, for example, but after that the names jump all around. Bizarre. The first time I tried searching by author, I was looking for other books by the same author of a book I'd just found through the app. When I finally found her name (not in alphabetical order), it said "NO TITLES LISTED." And I had just looked at a book by her in the app! (Lish McBride/"Hold Me Closer, Necromancer" if any folks who work on the app are reading).
So as a result, I fear this may not be a reliable way to locate books for kids as I'd hoped. If this worked the way it should, it'd be awesome!

Dire raven ,

Updated one year ago

Since all the other reviews are older than one year I thought I would try this app out and review it. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was I was surprised at how many books were missing from popular authors. Brandon Sanderson only had two books listed when his Mistborn and other series are very popular for instance.

Manderlyh1981 ,

Good books at my fingertips!

I love that I have good books at my fingertips, but it seems it’s not being updated any longer. The Printz award list hasn’t been updated in a few years. YALSA, this is THE way to keep teens engaged in reading! Please update this with new titles!

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