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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.


Book Lists

Best Classic Books for Teens
This site from Goodreads contains the best of classic literature for children ten and older.

Classic Literature for Teens (Santa Clara County Library)
This list created by the staff at Santa Clara County Library focuses on young adult classics that have stood the test of time.

Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books
The American Library Associations’ Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.

International Children's Digital Library
The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.

Recommended Reading: Young Adults and Teens (ALA)
This list produced by YALSA contains best fiction, graphic novels, outstanding books for the college bound, best paperbacks for young adults, books for reluctant readers, nonfiction titles and prize winners, finalists, and honor lists.

Time Magazine's 100 best young adult books of all time
To honor the best books for young adults and children, TIME compiled this survey in consultation with respected 

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates
VOYA Magazine is the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading.

Young Adult Library Services Association (American Library Association)
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago, YALSA is a division of the American Library Association which supports teen learning and enrichment to develop healthy communities.


Book Reviews

Book Reviews for Young Adult Nonfiction
This site can be browsed by title and by genre. Within each genre, books are further classified by subject/topic.

The Children's Book Review
Contains book reviews and recommendations for teens and young adults ages 12+.

Rated Reads
Rated reviews provides book reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books along with ratings for content.

Reviews - Teenreads
Author interviews, book reviews and lively book commentary are found here.