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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

For November-December of 2022, we are taking an extended look at STEM, and the ways in which Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have made our world a better and more just place, intersected with the world of Art, and even inspired the next round of innovations and creative insights by showing what is possible when received wisdom is questioned and not blindly accepted.   

The books chosen for our November virtual curated display represent only a fraction of the books by and about Indigenous Americans available at the TDRL.  We hope they inspire you to learn more about the diversity and richness of America's native peoples.

This year for Teen'tober, we spotlight young adult books and graphic novels that have won awards or are nominated for the Teens Top Ten booklist.  We've got a selection of 16 must-reads perfect for the teen in your life ... or for anybody who is young at heart.

You (and every other person) have the fundamental Right to Read a diverse and inclusive variety of books, including books that may frighten, anger, or upset you, books that contain vital truths, books that reflect you, books that open doors to new points of view, books that spark joy and books that empower you to face an ever changing world.  You have the #RightToRead; come celebrate with us all September long!

Our August 2022 display turned Book Lovers Day into a month long celebration of the ways in which books and reading can shape our dreams and open doors to change in our lives.

Our July 2022 display spotlights titles from our collection that recieved an Eisner Nomination.  Named after noted creator, critic, and advocate Will Eisner, the Eisners are one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, and are considered the "Oscars of Comics".  The books on this display represent the diversity of talent and creative ideas in comics.

Our virtual book display for June-July 2022 spotlights Crown Day, July 3rd.  California was the first state (July 3, 2019) to pass the CROWN Act, forbidding discrimination based based on wearing natural afro-centric hair styles such as afros, locs, twists, box braids, or cornrows.  Nevada signed the CROWN Act into law in June 2021.  The items on this list are but a sample of the books TDRL has affirming diverse beauty and cultures. We invite you to celebrate "the beauty, the splendor, the wonder" contained in these books with a young reader in your life.

To learn more about the CROWN Act, visit:


Join us for a wide ranging celebration of Pride!  Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to what makes (and keeps) our country great, and this month's display has books for readers of all ages and tastes:  fantasy, superheroes, slice of life, fiction, and non-fiction.  Whatever book you choose, read it with Pride!

Our May 2022 Curated Book Display focuses on authors attending the 2022 Summit on the Research and Teaching of Young Adult Literature.  This diverse group of creators and their works reflect the needs of contemporary students and educators for stories that inspire, challenge, and delight.

Our April 2022 curated book display celebrates reading books for the sheer thrill of it!  Our spotlighted page-turners include items from the 2022 and 2021 YALSA Quick Picks list, Early Readers, Hi-Lo selections, and Spanish Language books.

Inspired by the Rise: A Feminist Book Project reading list, our March 2022 Curated Book Display takes a broad look at Feminism & the contributions of women, past & present, with the hope of inspiring a better & more just tomorrow.

Our February 2022 display takes a STEAM Powered look at Black History Month, and focuses on the contributions made by Black people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Our December 21- January 22 TDRL Staff Picks Curated Book Display judges a book by its cover.  Cover art is extremely important for student engagement, and is also a pathway for inclusion and representation of diverse identities.  Join us in celebrating the importance of this art form.

Our November 2021 Curated Display celebrated a wide variety of November Holidays, from Dia De Los Muertos to Red Planet Day.  There's a whole lot to celebrate in November, we hope you enjoy!

Our October 2021 display explores computers and technology in honor of Computer Learning Month.  We stand on the shoulders of giants when it comes to the advances made in computing technologies, and yet, innovation and new discoveries depend on inspiration.  We hope this display provides the spark for some young person!

Our September 2021 celebration of Banned Books Week focused on Your Right to Read.  Inspired by contemporary events, we selected a variety of books and graphic novels, both fiction and non fiction, to showcase the vital importance of your right to read, even when the topic is controvercial.

For August 2021, inspired by Friendship Day we decided to make a month long celebration of friendship and what it brings to our lives -- new connections, new experiences, new horizons, and personal growth.

Our July 2021 display spotlighted 20 titles from our collection that recieved an Eisner Nomination.  Named after noted creator, critic, and advocate Will Eisner, the Eisners are one of the most prestigious awards in the industry, and are considered the "Oscars of Comics".  

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.