May 18, 2022

ALA’s YASLA Division Launches Teen Book Finder App for iOS (Free)

From the iTunes App Store:

Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, offers easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorites button; share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen! Not sure where to start? YALSA offers three hot picks on the homepage each day.

From the YALSA Web Site:

The Teen Book Finder’s features include:

+ books and media from all of YALSA’s awards, including the Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey and Printz;
+ the past three years of YALSA’s selected book and media lists;
+ all books selected for the Teens’ Top Ten;
+ three Hot Picks, featuring different titles from the database, refreshed each day;
+ the ability to search for books by author, title, award or list year, genre, by award and by book list;
+ a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library and a book’s available format, including audiobook and e-book;
+ a Favorites button, to create an individualized reading list;
the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook.

Note: Android version planned for later in 2012.

Direct to YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App Info Page

Direct to Download (via iTunes App Store)

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