YA Literature Reading Links

Adbooks: an e-mail list for discussing young adult literature. Adults, teens, and children are all welcome to participate.

ALAN: The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents: "a special interest group of the National Council of Teachers of English."

Alex Awards: "given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18" from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Authors for Teens: features interviews with young adult authors.

Best Books for Young Adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

BookDivas: “the leading online book club for young adult and college readers.”

Comic Books for Young Adults from Michael R. Lavin, Lockwood Memorial Library.

Margaret A. Edwards Award: "honors an author as well as a specific body of their work for lifetime contribution in writing books of enduring popularity with teenagers."

Expermental YA Fiction by Nancy Werlin from Booklist.

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by Diana Tixier Herald. Adon't-miss YA web site for the non-snobbish at heart. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Graphic Novels from The Horn Book. Peek: "Our handy primer gives a quick lesson on how to navigate comic pages and also provides a few recommended titles."

Great Graphic Novels for Teens from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Favorite Teenage Angst Books from Cathy Young, the amazon.com freelance YA editor. Includes reviews and links to other angsty sites. Site has a lot of teen-appeal to its design.

"It's Only Pink on the Outside" by Rosemary Graham from Not-So-Terrible After All. Rosemary talks about pink cover art, feminism, the associations of the "chick lit" label, and acknowledges its market power and limitations. Rosemary is the author of Thou Shalt Not Dump The Skater Dude (And Other Commandments I Have Broken)(Viking, 2005). Read a recent Cynsations interview with her on the novel.

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy of the International Reading Association.

Lee & Low New Voices Award: competition is open to picture book manuscripts no longer than 1,500 words by "writers of color" who are previously unpublished in the picture book.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award: "honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author" (the first award year is 2009).

New England Book Awards: representing 350 bookstores in New England and New York.

No Flying, No Tights: a graphic novel review site for teens. See also The Lair for Teens and Adults and Sidekicks for Kids.

Not Your Mother's Book Club (Contents May Not Be Suitable for Parents): launched by Books Inc., a community for YA lit teen readers. Note: "Authors, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and those who just love teen books are also welcome, but contests and other special treats are for those in grades 7-12 only." A space to "meet each other, meet authors, talk about new books, post book reviews, post stories, and generally have fun."

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: "updated every five years, this comprehensive list provides reading recommendations to students who plan to continue their education beyond high school."

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Readergirlz logoReadergirlz: a first-rate YA reading program. See also Dia Calhoun, Janet Lee Carey, Lori Ann Grover, and Justina Chen Headley on Readergirlz from Cynsations.

Reaching Reluctant Readers from Gail Giles.

The Right to Read from CYALR.

Spicy Reads: Ed Spicer's Teen Book Reviews.

TeensReadToo.com: "Book reviews, author interviews, spotlight pages, contests, an up-to-date book release calendar, and the world's largest young adult/teen author directory."

Teens Top Ten: "teen choice award given to selected current publications that are of special interest to teens. Teens vote for their choices each Teen Read Week. The votes are tallied and the list is available each November."

True Grit: The New Edge in YA Fiction by Patrick Jones. A thoughtful and conversational essay about the state of young adult literature and the reactions it inspires. Lists brief bibliography.

Using Young Adult Problem Fiction and Non-Fiction To Produce Critical Readers by Joan Kaywell, a member of the ALAN Board of Directors and the editor of Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Classics.

Virtual YA Index: Public Libraries with Young Adult Web Pages compiled by Tracey Firestone, Young Adult Specialist at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Extensive! Remember: librarians know e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Voices of Youth Advocates: the library magazine serving those who serve young adults.

Why My Books Are Really 12-up from Alex Flinn.

Why Teens Need Edgy Fiction from Gail Giles.

YA Authors Cafe: YA Authors Café: Want to know what's happening with some of your favorite young adult authors? The YA Authors Cafe offers author interviews with Q&A comment sessions.

YALSA-BK: list serv of YALSA for discussion of young adult literature.

Young Adult Book Editor Sharyn November (personal web site). Offers biographical information, jokes about sticks, odd links, an intriguing but cryptic diary, an impressive collection of children's book links, and more.

Young Adult Librarian's Help Homepage created by Patrick Jones in the early 1990s and now maintained by the wonderful Tracey Firestone, young adult specialist, at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Subtopics include: journals; organizations and associations; YA Literature; electronic discussion lists; publishers and distributors; web sites for teens; and the help homepage. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association. Features Teen Read Week, information about the association, professional resources, book lists, awards and special projects, conferences and events.

Young Adult Literature: Middle & Secondary English: many links divided into numerous categories such as general education, African American, Asian American, author web sites, biographies, bibliographies, English as a second language, feminism, hi-low readers, historical fiction, humor, picture books for YAs, science fiction, lesson plans, and more.

Writing For Young Adults Versus Adults by Laura Ruby from Cynsations.