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EN 320: Adolescent Literature

Professional Organizations


 

 

Young Adult Library Services AssociationYALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association

Our mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.

 

WNDB - We Need Diverse Books - Home | FacebookWe Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Logo of A.A.S.L. (the American Association of School Librarians)American Association of School Librarians AASL 

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. 

Fierce ReadsFierce Reads

An organization based out of Macmillen publishing that highlights various young adult literature publications and events.

Logo for Children's Book CouncilThe Children's Book Council

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading.

“There are countless reasons for reading, but when you’re young and uncertain of your identity, of who you may be, one of the most compelling is the quest to discover yourself reflected in the pages of a book.”
― Michael Cart

Michael Cart

Michael Cart is a writer, a lecturer, a consultant, and a nationally recognized expert in YA literature. He is the former director of the Beverly Hills (California) Public Library and a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

His service to the field of Young Adult Literature is un-paralleled. Check out his work below:

Michael Cart

Young Adult Library Services AssociationMichael Cart's Whitepaper: The Value of Young Adult Literature

Adopted by YALSA's Board of Directors, January 2008

Abstract: This White Paper will discuss the nature and evolution of young adult literature with particular emphasis on its current condition and its value to its intended readership. In discussing its increased viability as a body of critically lauded literature, it will also discuss its importance in meeting the life needs of young adults and its increasing value in enhancing adolescent literacy. It will conclude by affirming the Young Adult Library Services Association’s commitment to evaluating, promoting, and supporting the most widespread availability possible of this literature to American youth.

Young Adult Literature

Cart's up-to-date coverage makes this the perfect resource for YA librarians who want to sharpen their readers' advisory skills, educators and teachers who work with young people, and anyone else who wants to understand where YA lit has been and where it's heading.

The Heart Has Its Reasons

Society does not make it easy for young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, to find accurate, nonjudgmental information about homosexuality. It makes it even more difficult for young homosexuals to find positive role models in fiction either written or published expressly for them or--if published for adults--relevant to them and their lives.

Cart's Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults

Michael Cart, former YALSA president and the best-selling author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, applies his considerable expertise as one of the nation's leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults' recreational reading tastes.

Taking Aim

Powerful, riveting, and real. Sixteen celebrated authors bring us raw, insightful stories that explore guns and teens in a fiction collection that is thought provoking and emotionally gripping. 

Love and Sex

A groundbreaking volume in which some of the finest writers for adults and teens have contributed original stories on the various aspects of love and sexuality.

How Beautiful the Ordinary

Poised between the past and the future are the stories of now. In nontraditional narratives, short stories, and brief graphics, tales of anticipation and regret, eagerness and confusion present distinctively modern views of love, sexuality, and gender identification. Together, they reflect the vibrant possibilities available for young people learning to love others--and themselves--in today's multifaceted and quickly changing world.

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