April 21, 2016

#BookTalks: Content in YA Should they have ratings? – (@CleanTeenPub)

This week were talking about Content in YA. Just like movies books are for a variety of ages.  Well just like movies shouldnt books have a rating system for their content?  One publisher thinks so.  

Clean Teen Publishing has created a wonderful easy way to know if a book is right for you.  With a wonderful system they call Content Disclosure.  And well I have to say that I LOVE IT!! 

Here is how their ratings work:

How our ratings are configured:

We rate our books by using a 5-point scale in four different categories.  The categories are as follows: Language, Romance, Violence, and Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking.  On the back of the book, you will see one of the trees above with the following ratings:
  • YAe | Deemed appropriate for everyone including advanced readers 12 and under.
  • YA | Appropriate for the average Young Adult audience, which is usually 13 and up.
  • YAm | This book is written for the mature young adult audience. 
*If any of the material in the book maxes out on our 5-point scale in any category, then the book will automatically be rated YAm.


The total rating is determined when the scores for each category are added and divided by 4 to find the average score for the book.

  • If the average rating is between 0-1, then the book will be labeled YAe.
  • If the book is between 2-3, then the book will be labeled YA.
  • If the book has a rating between 4-5 or if any category is maxed out with 5 points, it will be rated YAm.  
The leaves of the tree give you a short glimpse as to how the book received its rating.
If you would like more details on why a category was scored a certain way, you can check out the QR code on the back of the book or simply visit our website. The QR code will take you directly to our site, where you will find a detailed content disclosure for the book. If you purchase the book in ebook format, the tree and the QR code will be located within the first three pages of the book.

  • We’ve worked tirelessly to put together a non-subjective rating system for the YA genre.  We know that everyone’s values are different.  If you find that you don’t agree with the order in which something was put under a category, then we encourage you to go to the page by using the QR code so that you can access the book’s detailed information. We know our rating system may not be perfect for everyone; that is why we try and give you as much information about the book’s content as we can..
  • Please note that we are only human and while our rating system is not subjective, we can’t guarantee that we won’t ever miss a major event that could have affected the rating
  • Our rating system is a work in progress.  Check back frequently for new info.


You can check out their Content Disclosure here 


I really love this rating system!  So what do you think, do you think that more publishers should adopt something like this? Let us know in the comments!


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