Cynthia Leitich Smith's
Children's & Young Adult
Literature Resources

This Web site is a portal into the world of literary trade books for children and young adults. It’s designed to serve young readers, teachers, librarians, child caregivers, undergraduate and graduate students, university professors, writers, and literature enthusiasts of all stripes.

What's here

Interviews spotlight authors and illustrators, their new releases, and the stories behind their stories.

Annotated BIBLIOGRAPHIES highlight recommended picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels. More of such books, along with a sprinkling of short stories, non-fiction, and professional resources, also appear on an eclectic array of lists that reflects the site author's interests. These include the following topics: adoption, Asians and Asian Americans, Native Americans, interracial families, intergenerational relationships, as well as war/peace-related titles, and all manner of cats.

More bibliographies feature titles perhaps best described as fantasy, science fiction, gothic fantasy, suspense, and multicultural.

Writers will find encouragement and homework to help guide them on their path.

Related resource links are extensive and kept up to date. The most popular include those on diverse communities as well as state and national awards programs.