THUMBS UP! AWARDThumbs! Up Award seal

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 2020 Thumbs Up! Award using the online form:

2020 Thumbs Up! Award Nomination Form

 

2019 Thumbs Up! Award Top Ten Titles

In no particular order:

  • Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland
  • I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
  • I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
  • Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti book cover 

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall book cover

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi book cover

Sadie by Courtney Summers Book cover

 

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson book cover

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson book cover

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang book cover

 

Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland book cover

 

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake book cover

 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo book cover

 

 

 

 

Past Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books

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Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books