Thumbs Up! Award


Click here for the 2009 Thumbs Up! Awards ballot.

The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence, and to celebrate the uniqueness of Teen/Young Adult literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians, meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has included a teen vote.

Michigan Thumbs Up! Award Guidelines

Past Thumbs Up! Winners and Honor Books

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division to an author for an outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. "Teen" for the award's purpose is someone between 12-18 years of age. The book must appeal to this age group, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme. To be eligible for the 2008 Thumbs Up! Award, books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2008, from January 1st to December 31st. Books may be hardcover or original paperback. Books may be either fiction or nonfiction. Authors may include co-authors or editor(s).