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Young Adult Literature

This guide was created for ENG 372 (Young Adult Literature) offered by the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University.

YA Literature Genres

Resources on literary genres

30 Multicultural Books Every Teen Should Know 
This list was compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It introduces 30 essential writers and a range of authors for teens.

Best Fantasy YA Books  
An exhaustive list of books, comics, anime, movies, and games.

Best Science Fiction Books for Young Adults   
A sister site to Best Fantasy Books, this is one of the most comprehensive young adult science fiction sites on the web.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA.

Kelly Jensen's Young Adult Book Lists
This mega list created by two librarians categorizes titles under various genres.

Multicultural Literature for Young Adults 
This list created by librarians at CSU, Fullerton, showcases multicultural literature for middle grades and high school teens.

Nonfiction Books from NPR
Provides author interviews, news, and reviews of nonfiction books for young adults

Nonfiction Young Adult Literature - change to goodreads from csulib
​Contains over 1,000 popular young adult non-fiction titles.

Outstanding drama for Young Adults (YALSA)
Contains full annotated list of titles on the drama section of the Outstanding Books for Young Adults list.

Poetry for Teens
Contains a selection of poems, essays, recommended reading lists, must-have anthologies, interviews, and advice for teens.

Short Stories for High School Students 
The stories on this list are recommended for high school students based on their significance and to depend student appreciation for the short story genre.

Short Stories for Middle School Students
The short stories in this list are intended to inspire meaningful classroom discussions, build critical analysis skills, and are fun to read.

Suggested Biographies for Teens 
This is a list of adult biographies which may be of interest to teens.

Young Adult Literature
"We Need Diverse Books" from California State University Library, Long Beach.

Young Adult Science Fiction from Goodreads
Lists popular books and new reads. Features recommendations, discussions, quotes, and ask the author sections.

Young Adult Historical Novels - historical
Excellent site where you can browse historical novels by century beginning with the prehistoric times and stretching to the early twentieth century.