Use our Book Finder tool, guides to diverse books, and themed booklists to find fiction and nonfiction to match teens’ interests and reading abilities. Our author interviews introduce you to the people behind award-winning young adult literature, and our guided discussions feature story synopses and questions to help stimulate readers’ thinking.
Browse our library of video interviews with award-winning middle-grade YA authors and illustrators. The writers share stories about their own childhoods, why they were drawn to writing for young people, and their writing process.
Use Book Finder to discover great titles by author, genre, theme, age level, or format. Know any kids who love graphic novels, contemporary urban stories, historical fiction, dragon tales, spy stories … ? Dive in!
Our themed booklists, prepared by our young adult literature advisors, will help you find books to broaden the horizons of all readers, including those who are more reluctant to read for fun.
Visit our Diverse Books Project to find high-quality titles that feature characters, stories, and the history and culture of Asian and Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native American, and South Asian people. You’ll also find books featuring neurodiverse characters and those with disabilities and learning challenges.
Author study units give students the opportunity to explore an author’s life and works in depth. Our toolkit gives you the step-by-step to create an engaging learning experience for your students.
Historical fiction puts the reader behind the musket, inside the Colosseum, or in the covered wagon heading west. The details and little known facts of history in historical fiction will not only surprise and engage young readers, but also inspire questions and critical thinking. Unlocking the Past offers educators and students multimedia resources to learn about history through reading and writing. With a focus on WWII, L.M. Elliott’s Under a War-torn Sky and A Troubled Peace act as springboards to using historical fiction in the classroom.
In Dope Sick, award-winning YA author Walter Dean Myers breaks new ground and stretches the boundaries of realism for a tale of second chances, redemption, and the promise of hope. Inspired by these ideas, Walter Dean Myers and AdLit joined forces to create The Second Chance Initiative, an effort to motivate teens to overcome life’s challenge, move beyond mistakes of the past, take advantage of the second chances they are given, and make better choices in the future.
Looking for a title for your next book club selection? Need help choosing and teaching a book for a class unit? Our discussion guides go beyond a booklist, offering plot synopses, discussion questions, extension activities, and related titles for further reading.
Organizations like the American Library Association, the National Book Award, and We Need Diverse Books present book awards annually or biennially to the very best in middle-grade and YA books. Browse the lists of award-winners to discover inspiring books for young readers.