The purpose of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school age students, to encourage young adults to read and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. Teens rate their favorite books out of the year's top 20 nominees at their high schools and local public libraries.
- To encourage Georgia young adults in grades 9-12 to recognize and read quality literature appropriate to their needs, interests, and reading levels.
- To honor outstanding works in young adult literature.
- To recognize authors in the field of young adult literature.
- To develop cooperative school and public library services to teens.