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Education: Young Adult Lit Resources

Resources for Book Reviews

Book Review Journals
Periodicals Room, 1st flr

  • Booklist , September 2014 to present
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 1982 to present
  • Horn Book Magazine, 1970 to present

Reference Books
Standard Shelving or Reference Section,
1st flr

  • Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults 
  • Something About the Author


Reading with your ears

The Odyssey Award  is given annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.

Amazing Audibooks for Young Adults is an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years.

YA Literature Awards Lists

Alex Awards: Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults, ages 12 through 18.

Best Fiction for Young Adults: Presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.

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

Margaret A. Edwards Award: Honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

Michael L. Printz Award: Award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

National Book Award-Young People's LiteratureThe mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas, and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers: A list compiled for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award: Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 - October 31 publishing year.

Multicultural Literature Awards List

American Indian Youth Literature Awards: Honors the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature: Honors and recognizes individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit. There is both a Children's Literature Award and a Young Adult Literature Award.

Carter G. Woodson Book Award: Awarded to the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards: Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, and for promoting an understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples.

Pura Belpré Award: Presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Sydney Taylor Book Award: Presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience.

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