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Young Adult Literature

Information about the YA genre and CSULB's collection.

Issue Books

There are lots of children's books that address specific issues that might incite anger, sadness or other feelings. These might not be best shared in group settings, but can be very helpful in working with children experiencing these issues.

*Be sure the read books all the way through before sharing with a child.

Tips for using "issue" books:

  • Use a book to provide language for children to use in expressing their own feelings.
  • Use a book to allow children to see they are not alone in their experiences and feelings.
  • Be available, or provide access to another adult to discuss the book.

Looking for books for younger kids?

Click links to navigate to the lists below:

Absent Parents (Incarceration, military service, etc.)

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles:

  • Prison
  • Prisoners
  • Separation (psychology)
  • Children of military personnel

Adoption

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles

  • adoption
  • intercountry adoption

Bullying

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles

  • Bullying in schools
  • Bullies

Child Abuse

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles

Child abuse

Coming Out / Gender and Sexual Identity

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles

  • Homosexuality
  • Gay
  • Lesbian
  • Coming out (sexual orientation)

Dementia / Alzheimer's

Subject terms, use in OneSearch for more titles:

Dementia

Drug Abuse

Subject terms:

Grief

Subject terms:

  • Grief -- juvenile fiction
  • Death

Homelessness

LGBTQ+ Families

Subject terms:

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Children of gay parents
  • Gay fathers
  • Lesbian mothers

Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, etc.)

Subject terms:

  • Worry
  • Stress in adolescence
  • Panic Attacks
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness

Refugees

Subject terms:

  • Refugees
  • Immigrants
  • Emigration and Immigration

Sexual Abuse

Subjects terms:

  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse

Suicide

Subject terms:

  • Suicide -- Juvenile Fiction
  • Suicide -- Fiction