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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 April 2024 display focuses on HiLo Books!  HiLo books feature action-packed stories and are perfect for ELL students, people who have been turned off to reading, and anybody looking for a fast and fun read to recharge themselves.

For our March 2024 celebration of Women's History Month, the TDRL spotlights Latina Excellence!  Enjoy our showcase of books by or about Latinas who have lead the way in science, the arts, in law, and through their activism.  The titles in this list are but a small part of our books by or about Latinas.  We invite you to discover more.

For our February 2024 display, we celebrate the classics of tomorrow, today!  Join us for a spotlight on contemporary contributions to youth literature by Black and African-American creators and illustrators.

Our December '23-Jan '24 display focuses on TDRL Staff Picks! These are the books we most enjoyed reading in 2023.  

For November 2022, the TDRL is focusing on the ways in which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have changed the world, but only because, one way or another, so many people made contributions to the body of knowledge.  We hope the books on this display are a doorway into discovery and the realization that STEM is for everybody.

For our October 2023 Curated Book Display we proclaim:  Let Freedom Read!

Join us in supporting the freedom to read diverse voices, ideas, truths, characters, and life experiences.

Our September 2023 Curated Book Display celebrates your #RightToRead.  The TDRL, as a branch of UNLV's Unversity Libraries proclaims your right to read these books because these stories and these voices matter.

Mythology, be it historical, secular, or a living religion, impacts everyone. 

Our August display highlights a variety of traditional stories, celebrates their richness and diversity through a variety of interpretations, and provides a doorway into a powerful force that shapes us on a personal and cultural level.

This display was primarily curated by TDRL Student Worker Laura Solsona Plazola, and was inspired by her personal interest in the subject and her studies in Anthropology 420: Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion.

In July 2023 we are using our shadowbox display area to showcase a display curated by TDRL student assistant, Laura Solsona Plazola.

Mental health and wellbeing are as important as physical health.  Minorities face additional barriers of stigma and racism when dealing with mental health issues.  These books were chosen to represent part of what the mental health experience can look like for minority groups.

In today's diverse and evolving world, it is vital that young people engage with books and media that help them better understand the world around them, so they can make informed choices and learn the fundamentals of being a good citizen. Our July 2023 Curated Book Display focuses on selections from the Notable Social Studies Trade Books, an invaluable resource for educators, mentors, and parents. 

Join the TDRL for a diverse celebration of Pride Month!  Be it fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, books for older readers, books to share with a toddler, we have something for everybody to enjoy on our June Curated Book Display!

For our May display, we are celebrating Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!  The books in this list spotlights are but a fraction of our books by and about AAPI peoples.

Join the TDRL for an April long observation of Earth day.

Climate change is real, and in addition to the need to heed the science, it is also an issue of creating a more just society for all.  

But, knowledge is power, and this month's books will help empower the next generation to step up.

Our March 2023 display celebrates Woman's History Month through the lives of women and girls who worked to open doors of educational opportunity through activism and innovation.  

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