So with ALA this weekend, there is talk brewing of YALSA disbanding the Best Books for Young Adults booklist in favor of a Reader's Choice award. Librarians are blogger and discussing like crazy today and you can find all sorts of blog posts about it. Check out Booklists and a response from YA author Alix Flinn for a good general idea of the discussion going on.
For those of you not sure what BBYA is, it's a a committee of librarians who devote the year to reading every YA book that comes out that they can get their hands on-meaning they read 300+ books a year! From this the members vote on the best books that were released that year. This is a great tool for librarians when ordering books for the collection and also for reader's advisory (helping reader's find a new book to read) that I can't imagine not having this list.
I would love to be able to read every YA book, but I can't, and it's great to know that someone is and it's someone looking at it with a critical eye and with a teen's interests at heart. A reader's choice award I'm afraid would turn into a popularity contest instead of truely listing the year's best books.
I know what librarians think, but I'm interested in what you non-librarians think of this. Do you know about BBYA? Do you ever use the YALSA booklists? Do you think the list should be changed?