The books you offer your students maybe shouldn't be a collection of the "best" books; instead, maybe it should be a collection of great books that meet the goals of the class. Do you want to cover the history of the classification? Are you interested in current trends in the field? Are you trying to focus on diverse texts in general or the do you want texts that are representative of the preservice teachers you are teaching and their future students? Are you trying to find a representative text from every literary genre? Do want your students to know about all of the major awards?
I try to cover a range of genres, a sampling of award winners, and books that provide a variety of diversity that provide windows, mirrors, and sliding doors (Sims Bishop). About two weeks into every class, I begin to think of books I wish I could include.
I have created webpages in the past for other classes. Here are links to some of those. You can see how things have changed and, how, they have stayed the same.
For my make believe class in 2018
I felt that my last two classes were successful. At the same time there are myriad of things that I would change.
Below are my choices for this year. What would you add or subtract. When I have done this in the past, I have received many suggestions. Many have been books that I love and have used in the past. Occasionally, someone has an interesting suggestion or two. What are your suggestions? What have your students liked in the past? Like most of you I don't mind a fairly large "to be read next" stack.
The Books for my 2021 YA Course
Instead, I am selecting award winners and books that represent the diversity of my students and of those they might be teaching in the future.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Poet, X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
To Build a Heart by Maria Padian
Dig. by A, S. King
The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The resources that have been provided in collaboration with the TDRL are fantastic. You find suggestion for graphic novels and tips for finding Children's Literature and YA within the TDLR. Hopefully, you work at an institution that has such a useful recource. I hope you take a few minutes to browse around.