With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.
You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats.
“Burn, Baby, Burn” by Meg Medina
“Highly Illogical Behavior” by John Corey Whaley
“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven
“If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo
“Love & Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welch
“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys
“Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
“Still Life with Tornado” by A.S. King
“The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge
“The Passion of Dolssa” by Julie Berry
“The Reader” by Traci Chee
“The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner
“The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
NPR, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and GoodReads.com all have in-depth “best of” lists for children, teens, and adults. It’s a great way to discover books you might not have otherwise read.
- NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2016’s Great Reads
- School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016
- GoodReads Choice Awards 2016
- Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s and YA Books 2016
For more great YA book recommendations, be sure to download the free Teen Book Finder app for iOS or Android. This app offers easy access to past titles honored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Happy Reading and Happy New Year!