YALSA names 2022 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2022 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adult Readers list.

The list of 76 titles is drawn from 123 official nominations, which were posted and discussed in blog posts on The Hub. The list identifies notable audio recordings that would significantly appeal to young adults.

In addition to the full list, the blogging team chose the following titles as its top have:

  • Apple: Skin to the Core. By Eric Gansworth. Read by Eric Gansworth. 2020. Dreamscape Media LLC, $64.99 (9781662039706).
  • Chlorine Sky. By Mahogany L. Browne. Read by Mahogany L. Browne. Listening Library. $28 (9780593343784).
  • Concrete Rose. By Angie Thomas. Read by Dion Graham. HarperCollins Publishers Inc./Balzer + Bray, $59.98 (9780063043817).
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter. By Angeline Bouley. Read by Isabella Star LeBlanc. Macmillan Young Listeners, $49.99 (9781250779519).
  • Game Changer. By Neal Shusterman. Read by Andrew Eiden & Jennifer Jill Araya. HarperCollins Publishers Inc./Quill Tree Books, $67.48 (9780063033061).
  • How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe. By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland. Read by Kyla Garcia. Simon & Schuster Audio, $63 (9781797125497).
  • K-Pop Confidential. By Stephan Lee. Read by Joy Osmanski. 2020. Scholastic Audio, $74.99 (9781338673401).
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club. By Malinda Lo. Read by Emily Woo Zeller. Listening Library, $75 (9780593341650).
  • Single Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke. By Andrew Maraniss. Read by Kevin R. Free. Listening Library, $50 (9780593346211).
  • When You Look Like Us. By Pamela N. Harris. Read by Preston Butler III. HarperCollins Publishers Inc./Quill Tree Books, $67.48 (9780063064317).

“The 2022 Amazing Audiobooks team spent hours listening to audiobooks looking for the special treats that would excite our young adult listeners” said Coordinator Cathy Outten. “Our blogging team met online and worked to create a list of those we think are the best that we can’t wait to share with librarians and teens all over.”

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. Learn more about YALSA’s other book and media lists here.

The members of the 2022 Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team are: Coordinator Cathy OuttenCalifornia State University, Long Beach, CA; Candace FoxParma, OH; annie jansenPenn State University; Jodi Kruse, RA Long High School Library, Longview, WA; Abby Lance, Simmons University, Boston, MA; Christine PylesEuclid Public Library, Euclid, OH; Lorie Roussin, Luna Middle School, San Antonio, TX; Josie SnowRuby Sisson Library, Pagosa Springs, CO; caitlyn sealeMississauga, ON; Rachel AdamsKing County Library System, WA

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens—especially those with the greatest needs—on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email: yalsa@ala.org.

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