The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, launched its Teen Read Week 2007 web site, www.ala.org/teenread/, which includes a variety of benefits for early registration.
This year's Teen Read Week—October 14-20, 2007—is themed "LOL @ your library." The event encourages teens nationwide to read something humorous, light, and entertaining just for the fun of it.
The first 100 online registrants to sign up for YALSA's Teen Read Week will receive a free unabridged audiobook from a Printz or Alex Award-winning author. One winner, selected at random, will receive an audiobook library collection of 12 titles by Printz and Alex Award-winning authors. The prizes include audiobooks by Angela Johnson, Markus Zusak, M.T. Anderson, Meg Rosoff, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Mitchell, Michael Lewis, and more. The free audiobooks are donated by Listening Library.
The first 500 online registrants will receive a galley from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and will be entered into a drawing for a signed set of the Twilight series, including "Eclipse," the newest book (available August 7) or a signed set of the Gossip Girls paperbacks, books 1-12, and the hardcover prequel (available in October).
In addition, the first 50 new regular members who join YALSA through the Teen Read Week web site will receive the Chronicles for Young Readers gift set by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, which includes "A Rumor of Dragons," "Night of the Dragons," "The Nightmare Lands," "To the Gates of Palanthas," "Hope's Flamem," and "Dawn of the Dragons." The books are provided by Mirrorstone Books, an imprint of Wizards of the Coast.
The Teen Read Week web site provides annotated lists of recommended reading for teens, tips for planning and promoting local Teen Read Week events, Teen Read products available for purchase, links to the Teen's Top Ten list of book favorites chosen by teens, resources to help generate publicity about library events, and more.
Teen Read Week is now in its 10th year. In 2006, more than 3,500 participants registered on the Teen Read Week web site.
YALSA, 800/545-2433 or www.ala.org/yalsa/.