Young Adult Literature Resource
Unfortunately, less and less children are reading in today's world. With the explosion in technology and all of its applications, adolescents are seeing no reason to sit down and read. As English teachers, it is our responsibility to foster a love of reading and not to bore students to tears with books they have no interest in. The books we are often required to teach are focused around characters, themes, and time periods that have no relation to student's lives. We need to find a way to work with those required texts while simultaneously promoting interest in reading.
Young Adult (YA) Literature is one of the best ways to change the face of the English classroom and get adolescents excited about reading and this site is designed to introduce those unfamiliar to the wide array of YA literature around the world. Even if you are very familiar with YA lit, it is our hope that this site will help find additional texts you otherwise might not be exposed to.
We have compiled what we believe to be an exhaustive and comprehensive collection of the finest books appropriate for students aged 13-18 (Grades 7-12). In addition, this site will show links to canonical texts to help teachers link the classics with books that are more relevant to student's wants and needs. Whether you are looking to find a proper replacement for a classic text, to flesh out bookclubs around a classic text, or turn students on through independent reading, this site will hopefully lead you right to the perfect book(s).
All in all, this site is designed to help teachers easily FIND books to integrate into the classroom.
Although we believe our collection to be comprehensive and exhaustive, we acknowledge that we likely either missed or excluded appropriate books, or included inappropriate books for the collection. For example, we know that our poetry, short story, and nonfiction sections could really benefit from your input. With this in mind, we have set up a page where you can submit any questions, concerns, or suggestions you might have to make this site the best possible resource it can be.
Where Should I Go?
There are several different ways to navigate YALit. All of these main pages can be accessed through the navigation bar at the top of the page.
*For the complete and exhaustive list of all the YA titles (recommended only if you have a specific title in mind), following this link to the YA Novels page.
*If you are familiar with or heard of a specific author, follow this link to the YA Authors page with links to a separate page for every author on the site.
*If you want to find a book by a theme, category, or genre, follow this link to the Themes/Categories page.
*If you want to find appropriate titles to link to canonical texts typically taught in grades 7-12, follow this link to The Classics --> YA Lit page.
*If you want to submit suggestions, comments, or books to be reviewed, follow this link to the Suggestions page.
*If you want to discuss Young Adult Literature and teaching, follow this link the our YA Lit Forum.