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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 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.

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.