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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 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.

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.