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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Staff Book Lists

Staff Book Lists

The booklists on this page were compiled by library staff at the CML and can be used as a starting place to explore various juvenile and young adult titles related to specific themes. 

Displays at the TDRL

Our May 2018 display showcased the works of authors attending the Summit on the Teaching of Young Adult Literature.

Our April 2018 display focused on books by and about differently abled  people.  We focused on the Autism Spectrum and Deafness (in honor of Autism Awareness and Deaf History Month) but featured books about all kinds of differently abled people.

Our March 2018 display focused on several aspects impacting Our Environment:  ecology, "going green", sustainability, and energy use.

We took a two pronged approach to Black History Month.  Not only did we choose books exploring the history of Black People from around the world, we also took the path of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and featured works of fiction created by Black authors and/or featuring Black characters.

Our December 2017-January 2018 took us on a world-wide journey through the realms of folklore and fairytales!

Because November 8th is National STEM/STEAM Day, we revisited STEM again in November 2017!

In October 2017 we celebrated Halloween!

Our September 2017 display focused on books that had been banned or challenged during 2016-2017

For August 2017, we gave out the 2017 "Staffie Awards" -- our picks for the TDRL books that we most enjoyed reading in 2017.

Our July 2017 display honored graphic novels and creators nominated for an Eisner Award.  Presented each year at San Diego Comic Con, the Eisners are the "Oscars of Comics."

Our June 2017 Pride Month Curated Display was quite popular and featured something for every grade level

Our very popular May 2017 Curated Display explored the realms of the great "what if" ... Fantasy.

Our April 2017 Curated Display celebrated the horse, "The sprirt that calls our hearts to dream."

In March of 2017, UNLV hosted three popular creators of books for young people.

For Black History Month 2017, we focused on African American artistic genius.

Our December 2016 - Jan 2017 focused on knowing your rights, being informed, and boosting resilliance.

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.  In November of 2016 we focused on STEM and the ways in which it inspires the next generation of wonderworkers.

Our November 2016 Curated Display focused on anti-bulling resources 

We celebrated Banned Books Week (Sept 25-Oct1) with a mixture of banned and challenged books, books about banning and challenging books, and a book about the First Amendment.

In September 2016, to honor the visit of a copy of the First Folio to Lied Library's Special Collections, we hosted a display of works inspired by Shakespeare's plays:  non-fiction, adaptations, homages, remixes, & sometimes even straight-up spoofs.

Our August 2016 display honored this year's Nevada Young Readers' Award winning books and Eisner Award winning graphic novels.

July 2016 showcased the staff's picks for the best books we read between July 2015 through the end of June 2016.

In June we celebrated Pride Month with a wide-ranging selection of LGBTQ themed books: picture books, graphic novels, young adult fiction, and non-fiction.

In 2016 we had a summer-long display devoted to books featured in the Sync audiobook program.

A spotlight on works by authors who will be attending the June 2016 Gayle A Zeiter Conference.

March marked School Library Journal's annual Battle of the Kids' Books

We started 2016 with our January-February focus on diverse books.

In January 2016 we featured a sampling of the ALA's best non-fiction books for young people.

Our November-December 2015 Curated Display focused on first books in a series.

We celebrated October 2015 with a selection of spine-tingling reads

In September, we celebrated Banned Books Week with a display of banned/challenged books as well as fiction about book banning.

In August 2015 we celebrated food with both fiction and non-fiction.

Summer means vacation, and vacation means reading -- thus July 2015 focused on staff picks for good books.

June 2015's display featured a selection of our LBGTQ fiction and non fiction.

For May 2015 in honor National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month we featured a selection of fiction and non fiction which dealt with sexuality because we believe that youth have a right to accurate information and appropriate fiction about sex, sexuality, and relationships.

We celebrated National Poetry Month in April 2015.