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.



What’s New?

  • Teen Books Coming Soon (On order) |  CATALOG



Iowa Awards & Recommendations



Award Winning, Recommended Reading, & Teen Choice

  • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association)    WEBSITE



Outstanding Books for the College Bound

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


West Des Moines Public Library Book Lists

  • Laurie Halse Anderson Books  PDF
  • 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
  • Manga for Middle School  PDF
  • Multicultural Fiction  PDF
  • Mystery, Spy, and Detective Books   PDF
  • Native American Books  PDF
  • New Bad Future: Hunger Games Read-a-likes  PDF
  • Nonfiction for Young Adults 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