The Thumbs Up! Award recognizes and promotes an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.

Thumbs Up! Award Guidelines (pdf)

Submit a nomination for the 2021 Thumbs Up! Award using the online form:

2021 Thumbs Up! Award Nomination Form

Award Seals

Download the Thumbs Up! Award seals to use at your library! Winner, Honor Book and Top Ten Title award seals are available for download here: MLA Thumbs Up Award Seals 2020.pdf

We also have graphics and handouts and we welcome and encourage you to use these in your library or on your library's website!

2020 Thumbs Up! Award

The 2020 Thumbs Up! Award winner, honor books and teen choice will be announced this fall!

2020 Thumbs Up! Award Top Ten Titles

Brave Face
by Shaun David Hutchinson

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1)
by Brigid Kemmerer

Girls on the Verge
by Sharon Biggs Waller

The Grace Year
by Kim Liggett

by Mindy McGinnis

How We Became Wicked
by Alexander Yates

Lovely War
by Julie Berry

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas

by Brittney Morris

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Thumbs Up! Top Ten Teen Vote is Live!

Celebrate reading month and get your teen patrons involved!

Through May 31, teens aged 13 to 18 can vote online for their favorite book from the top titles. Distribute the Top Ten Titles flyer (pdf) with the link to the online survey, or share the link below on your library's website! Voting can be done online through May 31, 2020.

The 2020 Thumbs Up! Award winner, honor books and teen choice will be announced this fall!

Please share this link with your teen patrons and encourage them to vote:

Past Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books

2013 | 2014 | 201520162017 | 2018 | 2019

Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books


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