A young adult literature textbook for the youth librarian in a public library and the middle and high school librarians in school libraries.
This book is for the LIS instructor who is looking for something that combines the literature with the practical in teaching courses in materials for children and young adults for an audience of school and public children's librarians. It provides an activity oriented survey of young adult literature for undergraduate and graduate students seeking licensure and degrees leading to careers working with young adults in school and public libraries. Actions that teachers, librarians, young adults, and students of library science may choose for involving themselves in literature are embedded in a genre approach.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Young Adults and Their Literature Defining Young Adults Defining Young Adults as Individuals Defining Young Adults through Reading Preferences, Interests, and Choices Reading Surveys Reading Survey Questions Young Adult Reading Choices Characteristics of Popular Young Adult Fiction Defining Young Adults as Types of Readers Reluctant Readers Boy Readers and Girl Readers Defining Young Adults through Developmental Tasks Can I Accept the Way My Body Looks? How Do Boys Behave? How Do Girls Behave? Am I Acting More Mature Socially? Am I Beginning to Understand Sexuality, Marriage, and Parenthood? Am I Aware of Other Community Groups Outside My Own? Can I Function Emotionally Without Depending On My Parents and Other Adults? Do I Know What Career I Want to Pursue? Have I Begun Preparing for It? What Do I Believe in? Do I Know How to Behave Ethically? Defining Young Adult Literature History in Action: Early Adult Books Read by Young People More History in Action: First Books Written for Young Adults Authors in Action: Paul Zindel Contemporary Young Adult Literature Characteristics of Young Adult Novels One Book in Action: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton Selecting Books for Young Adults Literature in Action: Awards and Award Lists Best Books for Young Adults Young Adults’ Choices Margaret A. Edwards Award Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Michael L. Printz Award Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Outstanding Books for the College Bound Alex Awards Audiobooks Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Book Review Sources Professional Resources for Selecting Books Librarians in Action: Celebrating Teen Read Week A Note from Pam Spencer, Past President of YALSA Conclusion Professional Resources for Reading Promotion and Services Assignments in Action: Young Adults and Their Literature
Chapter 2: Quick Reads Comic Books Superheroes and Cartoon Characters Graphic Novels Literary Graphic Novels Fictional Literary Graphic Novels Informational Literary Graphic Novels Manga Librarians in Action: A Manga Club Potential Benefits of Graphic Novels Professional Resources for Graphic Novels and Comic Books Recommended Literary Graphic Novels Picture Books for Young Adults Recommended Picture Books for Teens Series Books History in Action: Early Series Books Popularity of Series Books Selecting Series Books Short Stories Topics in Short Story Collections Authors in Action: Teleconferencing with Chris Crutcher Librarians in Action: Reading Aloud to Young Adult Magazines and Zines What Are Zines? Professional Resources for Selecting Magazines Poetry Poems of Romantic Love Sports Poetry Poems about Teen Tragedy, Angst, and Joy Literature in Action: Poetry Slams and Open Mics Poetry Written by Young Adults Poems about Neighborhoods Humorous Poetry Classic Poets Verse Novels Conclusion Assignments in Action: Quick Reads for Discussion
Chapter 3: Realistic Fiction Light Modern Realistic Fiction Humor Chick Lit Guy Humor Mysteries History in Action: Early Mysteries Types of Mysteries Murder Mysteries Psychological Thrillers Wilderness Adventure/Survival Stories One Book in Action: The Big Wander by Will Hobbs Sports Stories Romantic Love Stories Boys and Girls in Love Fairy Tale Characters in Love Classic Characters in Love Literature in Action: Love Letters to Authors Stories of Sexual Orientation Concerns about Sexuality in Young Adult Fiction Dark Modern Realistic Fiction Rape School Violence Street Violence, Drug Abuse, and Homelessness Dealing with Grief Historical Fiction Characteristics of the Best Historical Fiction Authors in Action: Richard Peck War Other Historical Eras Librarians in Action: Booktalking A Checklist to Successful Booktalking Survival! A Booktalking Topic in Action Professional Booktalking Resources Conclusion Assignments in Action: Realistic Fiction for Discussion
Chapter 4: Fantastic Fiction Fantasy Characteristics of High Fantasy One Book in Action: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Favorite Authors of Fantasy Lloyd Alexander (1924–2007) T.A. Barron (1952– ) Susan Cooper (1935–2008) Diane Wynne Jones (1934– ) Ursula K. Le Guin (1929– ) C.S. Lewis (1898–1963) Garth Nix (1963– ) Christopher Paolini (1983– ) Terry Pratchett (1948– ) Philip Pullman (1946– ) J.K. Rowling (1965– ) J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) British Literature Awards for Young Adult Literature Horror Witches and Wizards Harry Potter, A Wizard Hero Dragons Librarians in Action: Connect Dragons with Art! Vampires and Werewolves Authors in Action: Stephenie Meyer Other Fantastic Creatures Librarians in Action: Celebrate Halloween! Short Stories for Quick, Fantastic Reading Science Fiction History in Action: Classic Science Fiction Titles Science Fiction Written for Young Adult Readers Literature in Action: Guys Read Science Fiction! Authors in Action: William Sleator Movies Based on Young Adult Books Conclusion Professional Resources for Fantasy and Science Fiction Assignments in Action: Fantastic Fiction for Discussion
Chapter 5: Informational Books History in Action: First Newbery Medal The Orbis Pictus Award Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Biographies and Autobiographies Biography Series Other Biographical Choices Autobiography Organizing Biographies and Autobiographies Authors in Action: The Lives of Favorite Young Adult Authors Literature in Action: Biographies and Caricatures Other Informational Books One Book in Action: An American Plague by Jim Murphy Format of Informational Books Reference Sources and Research A Research Process 10 Classes of Dewey: Sample Titles 000—Computer Science, Information and General Works 100—Philosophy, Parapsychology and Occultism, Psychology 200—Religion 300—Social Sciences 400—Language 500—Natural Sciences and Mathematics 600—Technology (Applied Sciences) 700—The Arts, Fine and Decorative Arts 800—Literature (Belles Lettres) and Rhetoric 900—History, Geography, and Auxiliary Disciplines Librarians in Action: Booktalking Informational Books Information Literacy Standards for 21st-Century Learners Conclusion Professional Resources for Informational Books Assignments in Action: Informational Books for Discussion
Chapter 6: Cultural Diversity Cultural Awareness and Understanding A Model of Cultural Understanding African Americans Criteria for the Selection of Coretta Scott King Awards 10 Elements of Cultural Understanding Racism and Prejudice Language and the Arts History of Oppression Poverty and Economic Concerns Acculturation Sociopolitical Factors Child-Rearing Practices Religious Practices Family Structures and Dynamics Cultural Values and Attitudes Authors in Action: Distinguished African Americans History in Action: First Minority Authors to Win John Newbery Awards Latino/Latina Americans Pura Belpré Award Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award-Winning Books about Latino / Latina Americans Asian Americans Recommended Books about Asian Americans Native Americans Realistic Fiction about Native Americans One Book in Action: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Jewish Americans Association of Jewish Libraries—Book Awards Award-Winning Novels about Jewish Americans Recommended Collections of Multiethnic Short Stories International Cultures Mildred L. Batchelder Award Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction from International Cultures Librarians in Action: Podcasting and Reader’s Advisory Conclusion Professional Resources about Cultural Diversity Assignments in Action: Cultural Diversity for Discussion
Chapter 7: The Freedom to Read Definitions of Intellectual Freedom Terms History in Action: Classic Challenges Major Stages in Handling Book Challenges Be Informed Be Prepared Understand the Levels of Complaints and Challenges Inform Students, Teachers, Administrators, and Parents (the Learning Community) Librarians in Action: An ALA President Speaks Out One Book in Action: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler Literature in Action: Celebrating Banned Books! Web-Accessible Intellectual Freedom Documents Conclusion Professional Resources about Intellectual Freedom Assignments in Action: The Freedom to Read for Discussion
Professional References Reference List of Young Adult Books Index Chapter 1: An Introduction to Young Adults and Their Literature Chapter 2: Quick Reads Chapter 3: Realistic Fiction Chapter 4: Fantastic Fiction Chapter 5: Informational Books Chapter 6: Cultural Diversity Chapter 7: The Freedom to Read
Reviews "Young Adult Literature in Action will be a great text for courses in young adult literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It also is suitable for inclusion in professional collections for public librarians and school librarians serving the young adult. Librarians looking for a collection development tool can put this title to work for them. This book is filled with information about the young adult, literacy issues of the young adult, awards presented in the young adult field, organizations dedicated to young adult literature, resources for further study, and much more. . . . This is an outstanding title. . ."—Catholic Library World