THUMBS UP! AWARD

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

Thumbs Up! Award seal - image of hand giving thumbs up sign

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

Heroine
by Mindy McGinnis

How We Became Wicked
by Alexander Yates

Lovely War
by Julie Berry

On the Come Up
by Angie Thomas

Slay
by Brittney Morris

With the Fire on High
by Elizabeth Acevedo

2020 Top Ten Titles List (In Random Order)

  • 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
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates       
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas            
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Past Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books

2013 | 2014 | 201520162017 | 2018 | 2019

Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books

 


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