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Fab Films

This year, I’m on the committee for the YALSA selection list, Fabulous Films for Young Adults (“Fab Films”).

What is Fab Films about? “Each year, the Fabulous Films for Young Adults committee selects a list of films around a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of library settings. Titles will be selected to appeal to young adults with varied tastes and interests.”

Wait, that doesn’t sound quite right. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure; but you may be thinking of, and confusing it with, a different committee: “In 2007, the YALSA Board of Directors approved changes to the Selected DVD & Videos for Young Adults list, changing it to a thematic list called Fabulous Films for Young Adults, beginning with the 2009 lists. The Selected DVD & Videos lists named the best DVDs and videos released each year for young adults, through the 2008 list.”

2012”s list is Song and Dance. 2011 was Other Times / Other Places; 2010, Outside In: Rebellion vs Conformity; and 2009, Coming of Age Around the World. Lists can also be found from the Selected DVD & Video lists, from 1997 to 2008.

Stay tuned as I post about the policies and procedures for this committee!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Please keep me posted! Song & Dance GREATLY appeals to me!! :)

  2. Any list that includes Newsies, Dr. Horrible, and Almost Famous gets my vote! The only other film I’d suggest is Fame–it’s got a great balance of fun (dance party in the streets!) and grittiness.

  3. Have fun! Fab Films is an awesome committee! I got to work on the Song & Dance and Other Places/Other Times list and both were a blast!!

  4. LW & Annie, Fab Films have done some terrific lists. I’ve very excited to be on this one!

    Sarah, I’m looking forward to it!

  5. Swing Kids is an oldie but a goodie! I’m sure you’ll be seeing High School Musical and some of the Glee flicks. The Doors (though that likely isn’t all that teen friendly), Sound of Music, the Justin Beiber movie (lol!). Loads of stuff to work with.

  6. That sounds so fun!

  7. Not a film, but there is something to be said for the musical episode in season six of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    Little Shop of Horrors!

    I am starting to see a theme here…

  8. Michelle, love Swing Kids.

    Adrienne, it is fun so far!

    Radha, I so adore Buffy…