About Our Booklists

VOYA features at least one annotated booklist for teen readers in every issue—sometimes more. Any booklist may be reproduced without permission as long as VOYA is cited as the source. Booklists may be downloaded from Digital VOYA.

Every February Issue

  • Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers. Begun in 2000, high-quality fiction for eleven- to thirteen-year-old readers is chosen annually by a committee of librarians and teachers with student input.
  • The Perfect Tens: The Titles with 5Q and 5P Ratings reviewed in Voice of Youth Advocates in the Previous Year.

Every April Issue

  • VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Since 1984, the best titles are nominated annually by VOYA reviewers and compiled by VOYA editors.
  • Pure Poetry: VOYA’s Poetry Picks. The best collections nominated by VOYA reviewers and compiled by VOYA editors.

Every June Issue

  • Open for submissions on various topics.

Every August Issue

  • VOYA’s Nonfiction Honor List. Begun in 1996, this list is chosen annually by a committee of librarians and teachers. Honor list books target middle school students.

Every October Issue

  • Extending the Five-Foot Bookshelf. Professional reading for librarians serving young adults. Indispensable professional titles are nominated annually by VOYA reviewers; the list is compiled by RoseMary Ludt.

Every December Issue

  • Clueless? Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal. Tempting adult mysteries for teens are recommended annually by mystery experts John Charles.


  1. Jack Hillman says:

    Dear sir or MS,

    Please provide details as to how I can get books on the reading list for review with your organization. I’m certain my publisher, MUSA Publishing, would be willing to work with you, and even if they won’t I will.

    Thanks Jack Hillman

  2. Please send your books to
    by UPS, FedEx, etc:
    Book Review Editor
    16211 Oxford Ct
    Bowie, MD 20715

    by USPS:
    Book Review editor
    PO Box 958
    Bowie, MD 20718-0958

  3. VOYA for collection management & reader’s advisory | LIS 773 – School Libraries says:

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