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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 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.

Our December 2018 - January 2019 display celebrated the TDRL's very own "Staffie Awards"!  The books that we discovered and loved the most in 2018.  There's something for everybody in this list!

There's more to November than Thanksgiving!  This 2018 display featured books related to several November holidays (including T-Day!) and awareness events for Native American heritage, diabetes, and epilepsy.  

Our October 2018 display focused on Teens' Top Ten Nominees and Teen Read Week, during which the Teens Top Ten winners are announced.  The Teens' Top Ten award winners are chosen by the votes of teens, making it a very popular award among young people.

Our September 2018 display looked at the impact of censorship in two ways -- historical and contemporary.  The contemporary section  highlighted works whose content & themes make them vulnerable to challenge, restriction, removal, or banning.The historical section of the display invited us to reflect on what our world would be like without the groundbreaking works of these writers, artists,& scientists.

Our August 2018 display focused on Eisner Award Winners.  The Eisner Awards are the "Oscars of comics" and the industry's most prestigious award.  Winners are announced at the San Diego Comic Con.

Independence Day (July 4) and Bastille Day (July 14) kicked off the American and French Revolutions ... and changed the world.  In our July 2018 Curated Display, we explored what happened through both fiction and non-fiction, which included contemporary issues of rights and citizenship first raised during those eras.

Read the rainbow!  We celebrated June Pride with a display that had something for everybody!

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.