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Children's and Young Adult Literature: TDRL Book Lists

This guide is a starting place for exploring children's and young adult literature

Staff Book Lists

The booklists on this page were compiled by library staff at the TDRL 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 June 2021 display focused on Young Pride and spotlights pre-K through middle school reads. Children who have realized their LGBTQ+-ness, who live in LGBTQ+ families, or who have LGBTQ+ friends, neighbors, and classmates deserve to see the rainbow of their lives reflected in the books they encounter.

Our May 2021 display showcased works by Native American and First Nations creators, celebrating their voices and the importance of the stories they tell.

In April 2021, we explored the realms of folklore and fantasy, with unicorns and dragons as our guides.

Our March 2021 Curated Book Display celebrated Women's History Month through the lens of "Wonder Women & Super Girls".

Here, Black, & Queer, our Feb 2021 display focused on LBGTQ+ black people in fiction and non fiction, in childrens' books and YA fiction

Our Dec 20 - January 21 display was our annual Staffie Award:  the books that TDRL staff most enjoyed reading in 2020

Our November 2020 National Book Award display showcased young people's nominees past and present

Our October 2020 display focused on blind people in fiction, non-fiction, and folklore.

Our September 2020 display celebrated the freedom to read by looking at the way books are a window, door, mirror, or prism.

Our March 2020 display examined the intersection of women, art, and feminism through the lens of fiction and non-fiction.

We celebrated Black History Month with a look at black characters in speculative fiction and a spotlight on the works of National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jason Reynolds.

Our December 2019-January 2020 display celebrated our "staffie" awards -- the books and graphic novels we discovered and most enjoyed during 2019.

For November 2019, we celebrated Native American Heritage by showcasing a selection of fiction and non-fiction by and about North America's Native Peoples.

We ran a split display in October 2019 -- A sampling of Teens Top Ten Award nominees, and Anti-Bullying books which explored inclusion, kindness, and pre-empting bullying.  There was considerable overlap between the two topics.  

Our September 2019 celebration of Banned Books Week focused on the importance of the First Amendment & intellectual freedom by celebrating the freedom to read.

Archived TDRL Displays

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