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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 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.

August 2019 used fiction and non-fiction to explore both the power and importance of water.

Our July 2019 display celebrated Dogs during the "Dog Days of Summer".

We observed our annual celebration of June Pride Month with a display that had a little something for everybody.

Our May 2019 display used both fiction and non-fiction on the right to comprehensive sex ed during National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

April 2019 was all about how spring has sprung, and the joys of outdoor activity:  swimming, camping, hiking, gardening, exploring, & even learning outdoors in the April weather!


For March 2019, we observed women's HERstory month with a wide ranging look at the contributions women have made.  We also included fiction that focused on seminal women characters (Slayer) and the Riot Grrrl scene of the 1990s (Moxie).

Our February 2019 display celebrated the creativity, invention, activism, and triumph of Black people in America and around the world.  This included a spotlight on the 2019 Coretta Scott King Award winners and the works of Kwame Alexander.

Archived TDRL Displays

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