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Booklist Celebrates 50 Years of YA

50YearsOfYA_BlueSo this is, as they say, kind of a big deal. In 2017, for the whole darn year, we’ll be celebrating the 50th year of the modern young-adult book, as is commonly defined by the 1967 publishing of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. We’ve got so many things planned I honestly don’t know where start. For the official version (along with download-able logos), read the press release. You can also go here to get a list of what we’re up to.

But who wants to click on pesky links? Over the next year, you’ll see:

  • Our Top 50 YA Novels Ever, part of a special YA-focused double issue in June
  • Michael Cart columns tracing the evolution of YA literature, one decade at a time
  • Once per month, a guest essay from a YA author to blow your freaking mind
  • Love letters to YA from librarians and publishers, including a Librarians’ Top 50
  • “YA Flashbacks”: fresh look at past Booklist reviews and features
  • Best YA Audiobook coverage, including a series of Classic Corners reviews of notable YA novels on audio
  • A blow-out panel at ALA Annual
  • Lots of stuff we can’t talk about yet or we’ll be killed

All of this is generously sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Penguin Young Readers Group; Random House Children’s Books; Scholastic; Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, and other YA publishers and supporters yet to be announced. And we need YOU to be a part of it, too.

Your hashtag, should you choose to accept it: #50YearsofYA

Your new favorite Twitter account: @BooklistYA

And away we go!

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About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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