Lists and Suggestions for Teens

TEENS: Go Green: Environmental Reads

The Green Teen  cover

The Green Teen

Author: Savedge, Jenn,


Hoot  cover


Author: Hiaasen, Carl.

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to sav...

The Carbon Diaries 2015  cover

The Carbon Diaries 2015

Author: Lloyd, Saci.

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drasti...

Destroy all Cars  cover

Destroy all Cars

Author: Nelson, Blake,

Through assignments for English class, seventeen-year-old James Hoff rants against consumerism a...

The Problem with Paradise  cover

The Problem with Paradise

Author: Dahl, Lesley.

Fourteen-year-old Casey dreads leaving her friends and boyfriend to spend a boring summer on a C...

The Devil's Breath  cover

The Devil's Breath

Author: Gilman, David.

When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working...

Skullduggery  cover


Author: Hautman, Pete,

During a field trip in the local woods, Roni and Brian find the local archaeology professor, And...

They Came From Below  cover

They Came From Below

Author: Nelson, Blake,

While vacationing on Cape Cod, best friends Emily, age sixteen, and Reese, seventeen, meet Steve...

Boys,  Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots  cover

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

Author: McDonald, Abby.

Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending ...

Girls Gone Green  cover

Girls Gone Green

Author: Hirshfield, Lynn.

Everyone's going green these days, but saving the environment is a large task for anyone to take...

Going Blue  cover

Going Blue

Author: Kaye, Cathryn Berger.

Teaches young people about the Earth's water crisis and provides practical suggestions on how re...

Tracking Trash  cover

Tracking Trash

Author: Burns, Loree Griffin.

Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean curre...

Eco-Craft  cover


Author: Wasinger, Susan.

Who knew taking care of the planet could look so good? "Eco*Craft" shows how, with 30 truly beau...

One Makes the Difference  cover

One Makes the Difference

Author: Hill, Julia Butterfly.

After her record-breaking two-year tree sit, Julia Butterfly Hill has continued to promote ecolo...

Our Choice  cover

Our Choice

Author: Gore, Albert,


On Thin Ice  cover

On Thin Ice

Author: Bastedo, Jamie,


Earthgirl  cover


Author: Cowan, Jennifer.


Flush  cover


Author: Hiaasen, Carl.

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey,...

Firestorm  cover


Author: Klass, David.

After learning that he has been sent from the future for a special purpose, eighteen-year-old Ja...

The Blind Faith Hotel  cover

The Blind Faith Hotel

Author: Todd, Pamela.

When her parents separate and she and her siblings move with their mother from the northwest coa...

Green Boy  cover

Green Boy

Author: Cooper, Susan,

Twelve-year-old Trey and his seven-year-old brother Lou, who does not speak, cross the barrier b...


Abraham Lincoln Award

Awarded annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by Illinois high school students

Alex Award

Adult books that appeal to teen readers

Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA)

Best teen books selected from the previous year

Coretta Scott King Award

Outstandingly inspirational books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all people

Excellence in Nonfiction

Honors the best nonfiction book of the year written for teens

Rainbow Book List: GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens

Children’s/Young Adult LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) nominees

Michael L. Printz Award

Honoring excellence in books for teens

Pura Belpre Award

Celebrating the Latino cultural experience

Rebecca Caudill Award

An Illinois award for outstanding literature for young people

William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Honors the best novels of the year by a debut author writing for teens

YALSA Book Awards and Booklists

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association presents annual awards and puts out annual lists for various types of genres and materials