Here in the library biz, YA stands for Young Adult or in other words Teen books. Young Adult books haven’t always been around, so count yourself lucky, whippersnapper. I remember, back in the day after you read through chapter books the only thing left was the adult fiction section. (And the walk to the library was always unhill and covered in snow.) I got more than a few glances reading Steven King at the ripe old age of 12.
But now Teen Literature is here and we love it! That’s why we celebrate Teen Literature Day on April 18th. It’s a day where we librarians double our efforts to reach those kids reaching for Stephen King when they might like Divergent by Veronica Roth, or Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins better. There are a lot of really great Young Adult books out there that you and even your parents might enjoy. I promise it’s still cool if they do. Check out a few of our favorites and celebrate Teen Literature Day every day.
(Alphabetical by title because I’m a librarian.)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Fault in our Stars by John Green
Gone by Michael Grant
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Rotters by Daniel Kraus