LIS 7220 / EDUC 3450/7450 Library Materials for Young Adults

Here’s the reading list for my LIS 7220/EDUC 3450/EDUC 7450 Library Materials for Young Adults course for 2018 Spring.

  1. Anderson, M.T. Feed
  2. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
  3. Brockenbrough, Martha. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary
  4. Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do
  5. Chanani, Nidhi. Pashmina
  6. Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me
  7. Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
  8. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color
  9. Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down
  10. Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  11. Ireland, Justina. Dread Nation (publication date: 2018 April 3)
  12. Kiely, Brendan. The Gospel of Winter
  13. Larbalestier, Justine. My Sister Rosa
  14. Lewis, John; Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell. March (all 3)
  15. Magoon, Kekla. How It Went Down
  16. Murphy, Julie. Ramona Blue
  17. O’Neill, Louise. Asking For It
  18. Oh, Axie. Rebel Seoul
  19. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Witch
  20. Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper
  21. Patel, Sonia. Jaya and Rasa Fall in Love
  22. Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
  23. Storm, Jennifer. Fire Starters
  24. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give
  25. Woodson, Jacqueline. Another Brooklyn
  26. Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban (Young Reader’s Edition)
  27. Zinn, Howard. A Young People’s History of the United States
  28. Green Card Youth Voices: Immigrant Stories from a Minneapolis High School
  29. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

The full syllabus will be available shortly. To get you started, here are readings and assignments for the first two weeks of class:

Week 1 February 2 (on campus)

Unit: Introduction to Young Adult Materials


  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention > Child Development > Basics > Positive Parenting Tips > Read everything between “Middle Childhood (9-11 years)” and “Teenagers (15-17 years).”
  2. YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. (2017 October 30).
    ⁃ Consider participating in a free competency webinar & twitter chat (#yalsace):
  3. Braun, Linda, Maureen Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Kafi Kumasi with contributions from Beth Yoke. (2014). The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action. YALSA.
  4. MN Education Standards English Language Arts K-12 (read “Introduction” pp. 1-11 and glance through “Standards for English Language Arts 6–12” pp. 48-90)
  5. Cart, Michael.  (2016). “Young Adult Literature: The State of a Restless Art.” Youth Services 5(1).


  1. Blume, Judy. Forever


  1. Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders


  1. By Monday, January 29, 2018, log into D2L and complete the Advanced Google Certification course. You will be approved after approximately 24 hours, at which point you may join our Google Classroom using the code from the email. We will use Google Classroom for most our communication (syllabus, online discussion, etc.). Assignments will be submitted through D2L and the Google Classroom. The Google Doc syllabus is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the instructor. Changes will be applied directly onto the Google Doc, so do not “copy” it into your personal drive, as you will no longer be able to see changes on the original document.
  2. Google Classroom Week 1.
    ⁃ 1. Briefly introduce yourself – name, what you prefer to be called, preferred pronouns, current job (full/part time student? full/part time employee?), why you’re taking this class, and what you hope to get out of it.
    ⁃ 2. Briefly share about one of your favorite YA books, movies, magazine, or other media – something you encountered as a YA. What is “YA” about it? What was its appeal?

Week 2 February 9 (online)

Unit: Popular


  1. Haines, Claudia. Kidmap – The DIG Checklist For Inclusive, High-Quality Children’s Media
  2. Middaugh, Ellen, Lynn Schofield Clark, and Parissa J. Ballard. (2017 November). “Digital Media, Participatory Politics, and Positive Youth Development. Pediatrics 140 (supplement 2). [Read online or download PDF]


  1. Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  2. Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down

Assignments Due

  1. Google Classroom Week 2. Digital Media Analysis. Find, explore and analyze 3 apps, 3 websites, 3 video games, or 3 other digital media for young adults. Choose media that are similar (for example, 3 apps that teach coding; 3 websites that teach American history; 3 video games where the intended users are female; etc.). More instructions will be on full the syllabus.

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