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TE 348: Reading & Responding to Children's & YA Literature

Diverse Book Finder

The Diverse Book Finder is an amazing free resource to find books for your collection.  Use it to find different forms, like biography or graphic novel.  Or to search by award.  There are many filters so explore!

Blogs & Book Lists

There are a plethora of reading recommendation blogs out there.  The ones I have found most helpful typically include recommendations from experts in children's and young adult literature. (Who is an "expert" is another discussion...)

The following are not blogs but are lists of books.  Still very useful (just might not fulfill that criteria in your IRL - check with your instructor!!).

ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) has several well-known awards given out annually to children's and young adult books.  The relevant awards for your IRL project are listed below.   

  • Caldecott - for the artist of the best picture book for children

current winners | 1938 - present winners

  • Newbery - for the author of the best literature for children

current winners | 1922 - present winners

  • Coretta Scott King - for outstanding African-American authors and illustrators

current winners | 1970 - present winners

  • Pura Belpré - for a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino cultural experience

current winners | 1996 - present winners

  • Sibert - for the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the best informational book 

current winners | 2001 - present winners


The Printz award is also an ALA award and is given for excellence in young adult literature.  It can be helpful to look at these winners to find text-only novels.

  • Printz - for excellence in young adult literature

current winners | 2000 - present winners

Other Award Winners

Other organizations also give out awards for children's and young adult literature.  Some of the best are listed below.

International Books

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