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CIED 4313: Young Adult Literature: Home

Resources for students enrolled in young adult literature classes or in secondary education language arts classes.

CIED 4313 - Young Adult Literature


Finding Books in the ETL: You can find YA books by using our catalog. Just make sure you find the call number for the book you are looking for. Fiction will be listed under JF and the first three letters of the author's last name. For example, a book by Kwame Alexander would be JF ALE. Non-fiction is listed by its Dewey Decimal Number. These are assigned by subject. For example, a biography would be in the 920's.

Finding Book Reviews

ALAN Review - peer-reviewed journal about adolescent (young adult or YA) literature and teaching it. Themed issues, with critiques and surveys, research, author interviews, and "Clip & File" book reviews (on heavy paper). Published by NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.

Booklist  (BL) - library trade journal primarily for book reviews, both adults and youth. Includes themed booklists ("Spotlight on..."), author interviews, and hot lists. BL reviews are often included on

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)  current issues only online.

Children's Literature Review  Significant overviews of and literary criticism about children's and adolescent (young adult, YA) literature, both recent and older titles. Available both in print (older volumes) and online.

Horn Book Magazine and Horn Book Guide (semi-annual, reviews only) - trade journals with outstanding articles and longer reviews, most of which are recommendations. Includes notes about recent awards in children's literature. July/August issue features articles about the recent winners of top awards, especially the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King. NOTE:  Horn Book reviews are NOT included in the CLCD database.

Library Media Connection (LMC) - book reviews and monthly themed articles, e.g. Author Studies. Ratings are:  Highly recommended (starred), recommended, additional selection, not recommended. Additional reviews online.

School Library Journal (SLJ) "For Children's, Young Adult, and School Librarians" - A leading journal for teacher-librarians, and media specialists. Articles on timely topics plus book and media reviews (arranged by grade level and type). Starred reviews are especially recommended. Bonus online features. SLJ reviews are frequently included on

School Library Monthly (SLM) - trade journal (Libraries Unlimited). Some articles include themed booklists, such as geometry, quilting, and literature. In print and online editions.