ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
From its emergence in the latter half of the twentieth century, to its strong and growing place today, Young Adult Literature (YAL) has come to the forefront in the publishing industry. YAL doesn’t stand still. It evolves, along with the literary tastes of our students. As librarians we are continuously looking for books that will inspire and challenge.
This presentation will focus on thirty newer titles, selected on the basis of positive student response. The list of books will be generated from the Young Adult Choices (YAC) selections, Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list, and student selection from the presenter’s school library. The titles selected will include a variety of genres and formats. Considerations of age-appropriateness, controversial issues, and readability will be discussed. Also examined will be why these titles appeal to students and what should be considered in the selection process. Each attendee will be given a handout/access to an electronic site that will highlight and expand on the titles given.
Ideas for book promotions and building student enthusiasm for reading will be given. Attendees will be encouraged to share the innovative programs and books that have worked for their libraries.