Teens Read the National Book Awards

Where young readers meet their literary heroes

One of the best school events I’ve ever attended.

—Robin Benway, National Book Award Winner

Attendees at the 2022 Teen Press Conference. (Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan)
Attendees at the 2022 Teen Press Conference at the 92NY. (Photo credit: Michael Priest Photography)

Teens Read the National Book Awards (formerly known as the Teen Press Conference) brings the excitement and prestige of the National Book Awards to an audience of young people through an exclusive, teen-focused event with National Book Award Finalists, in-school programming, book giveaways, and more.

Central to Teens Read is the annual mainstage event, held each year the day before the National Book Awards. New York City’s middle and high school students are invited to attend free of charge, receive free copies of the Young People’s Literature nominated titles, and have the unique opportunity to connect and interact with high-profile authors in what is often their first exposure to a literary arts event.

Teens Read 2024 will take place on November 19th, in-person at Peter Norton Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side; students outside NYC are invited to participate virtually. Virtual registrants receive classroom resources and may be eligible for a set of the nominated titles to accompany their virtual viewing, as supplies last. School group registration for both the in-person and virtual, livestreamed event will open online on September 16, 2024.

In the days and weeks leading up to the big event, NYC students can participate in Teens Read school visits, in which a National Book Foundation Teaching Artist visits their classroom to preview the event and featured authors, and share behind the scenes details about the special day. While all NYC-based schools are able to attend the Teens Read event on November 19th, only NYCDOE public schools (including charter schools), are eligible for school visits. More details about school visits can be found in the information sheet and the application, which will close on May 22, 2024.

As part of Teens Read, National Book Foundation is delighted to partner with the Miami Book Fair to present the annual Teen Press Conference Miami.

Please reach out to Julianna Lee Marino, jleemarino@nationalbook.org, with any questions.

Watch the 2022 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Rita Williams-Garcia:


Watch the 2021 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Kwame Alexander:


Watch the 2020 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Jason Reynolds:


Watch the 2019 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Angie Thomas:


Watch the 2018 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Jenny Han:


Watch the 2017 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Alvin Irby:


Watch the 2016 Teen Press Conference, hosted by Brendan Kiely:


Watch the 2015 Teen Press Conference,
hosted by Jacqueline Woodson with special guest LeVar Burton:

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