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Young Adult Literature

Information about the genre and CSULB's collection.

Poetry for Young Adults

Poetry and novels in verse are great ways to grab reader's interest.  Shorter readings can be less daunting to a reluctant reader.  Poetry and novels  in verse can also bring a beautiful experience to any idea or story.  Consider reading aloud and/or listening to audiobooks to get the feeling of the verse.

Brown Girl Dreaming

October Mourning

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou


Find YA Poetry at CSULB

All children's and YA poetry is in room 204, call numbers PZ5. (author's last name).

"Treat a Poem Like a Picture Book"

"Treat a poem like a picture book: read it, read it again, read it aloud, look at it.  Where prose encourages linear reading from first word to last, poetry ask us to dawdle, stopping here and there, re-examining a previous line in the light of a later one, wondering why a line break - just like a picture book's page turn - happens where it does.  If a novel's job is to make us curious about what happens next, a poem - more sculpture than movie - is always gently reminding us that there's no rush. You and it have no place else to be soon. Pull up a chair." -Roger Sutton, editor in chief of Horn Book magazine.