At the West Des Moines Public Library we try to provide a variety of resources to help you find just the book that you’re looking for.  The following book lists include a variety of titles for teens on popular themes, award winning books, special interests, and recommended reading.  We also have a large collection of printed booklists from various sources in the Teen Area of the Library.  For each book list there is a printable PDF file, a link to the corresponding website, and/or Bookletters page that links to our catalog.



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Iowa Awards & Recommendations

  • 2017-18 Iowa Teen Award    PDF
  • 2017-18 Iowa High School Book Award    PDF
  • 2018 Iowa High School Battle of the Books    PDF



Award Winning Books

  • Award Winning Books (Compilation)   PDF
  • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association)    WEBSITE



YALSA Recommended Reading & Teen Choice Awards

  • 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults   PDF  |  WEBSITE
  • 2018 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults   PDF  |   WEBSITE
  • 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens   PDF  |  WEBSITE
  • 2017 Popular Paperbacks for Teens  PDF  |  WEBSITE
  • 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers   PDF  |  WEBSITE
  • 2017 The Rainbow Project Reading List   PDF |  WEBSITE
  • 2017 Teens Top Ten   PDF |  WEBSITE



Outstanding Books for the College Bound

  • 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound (OBCB – 5 compiled lists)  PDF  |  WEBSITE



Banned and Challenged Books

  • Top 100 Banned Books 2000-2009  PDF
  • Top Banned and Challenged Novels of the 20th Century  PDF
  • Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century  PDF
  • Top Ten Banned Books 2016  PDF


West Des Moines Public Library Book Lists

  • Big Girls (and Boys) Don’t Cry PDF
  • Biographies for Young Adults  PDF
  • Bully for You   PDF
  • Cewebrity: Youtubers, Bloggers, and Other Internet Celebrities PDF
  • Christian Fiction  PDF
  • Classics Read-a-likes  PDF
  • Contemporary Fiction  PDF
  • Diversely Distinct  PDF
  • Doctor Who Read-a-Likes  PDF
  • Fiction to Film  PDF
  • Historical Fiction  PDF
  • I Love Iowa  PDF
  • LOL! Something to Make you Laugh PDF
  • Multicultural Fiction  PDF
  • Mystery, Spy, and Detective Books   PDF
  • New Bad Future: Hunger Games Read-a-likes  PDF
  • Nonfiction for Young Adults PDF
  • Sports books for Girls  PDF
  • Sports books for Guys  PDF
  • Tween Books PDF



Need more help finding the perfect book?

  • Bookletters – Subscribe to eNewsletters to receive suggestions.   Bookletters
  • Goodreads – A social network for readers and it’s linked to the Catalog!  Goodreads
  • Novelist – A great resource to search for if-you-like-this-try-that books.   Novelist


Please note – We update book lists frequently, but occasionally there will be books listed that have left the collection for one reason or another (lost, damaged, etc.)  Current year award lists are updated as soon as possible after publication from the respective sources.  Past year award lists are located in the Teen Area of the Library.  Please feel free to contact us with questions or recommendations – YouthServices