Young Adult Authors
Young Adult Literature
Book Discussion Guides
Lesson Plans (PRACTICE TESTS)
Ocean County Library’s
BEST RESOURCE for middle school literature is our
expert young adult librarian staff. If you need
a special genre booklist or a recommendation for
an appropriate title, you can email your request
to Ocean County Library’s “Ask
a Librarian“ link.
Check our library catalog
under these subject headings for resources on young
adult literature; Teenagers--Books and Reading;
Young Adult Literature--Bibliography; Multiculturalism--Bibliography;
Minorities--Bibliography; Best Books--Fiction.
Resources on children’s literature sometimes
include books for 7th & 8th grade, so also try
Children--Books and reading; Children--Bibliography.
Adult Authors Yahoo!
Do you need information about an author?
Or would you like your students to learn about an
author from the author’s own website? This link
on Yahoo! provides a comprehensive listing of young
adult authors. Over 150 authors are listed here
- some with multiple websites. If you are looking
for a children’s author check the Children's
Authors Yahoo! with over 1,000 authors!
Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This site is a goldmine for teachers! Carol
Otis Hurst is a nationally known storyteller, lecturer,
author and language arts consultant. She has had
a column in Teaching K-8 magazine since 1973. Teachers
can explore ways to integrate literature into the
of Award Winning Children's Literature
This site will allow the user to create
a tailored reading list of quality literature. You
can specify the age of the reader, the setting,
the historical period, the genre and so on. Voila!
You have a list of books that meet your criteria.
Or you can search just for award winning books.
This is a great resource for teachers and students
- especially for selecting book report titles.
Children's Literature Web Guide
This website's author is David K. Brown,
the Director of the Doucette Teaching Resource Library
at the University of Calgary in Canada. This site
brings together the best teaching resources on the
web and children's/young adult literature. The Doucette
Index can connect you to the best books and
websites for an author or book title of your choice.
Resources provides dozens of links for lesson
plans or teacher resource guides.
Leitich Smith Children's Literature Resources
Cynthia Leitich Smith is a children’s
book author herself. Much more than lists of books,
this site offers unique features for teachers and
students. Sign up for the quarterly online newsletter.
Read author interviews. This site is very rich in
articles and resources for multicultural literature.
It also provides links to publisher, author and
County Library “Talk It Up!” Book Discussion
The Multnomah County Library in Oregon brings
together book discussion guides created by their
librarians, many publishers and other book discussion
websites. More than just a great selection of discussion
guides, many titles have links to related websites.
Everything from old classics like Roll of Thunder,
Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor to the latest
Newbery winner A Year Down Yonder by Richard
Peck, this site has it all when it comes to book
students can take practice tests online!
The tests include, 5th Grade Practice, 8th grade
Practice, ACT, Adult Basic Skills Success, Catholic
HS, GED, GMAT, SAT, Skills Improvement, ESL (Spanish)
Courses and much more.
- National Council of Teachers of English
The NCTE site, in addition to being about
this professional organization for teachers, also
contains great resources for teachers on literature.
Count on these, as they are "teacher approved":
American Writing Gateway
Provides links to websites rich with information
about the major writers of American Literature.
the Core will help teachers broaden their
core curriculum to include other interesting literature.
Teaching ideas selected from NCTE publications or
submitted by teachers are found on the Teaching
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
- is published by NCTE, is available online, and
includes a search feature so you can research specific
titles or authors.
Shrock's Guide for Educators
One of the premier websites for educators,
this is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing
curriculum and professional growth. If you want
to focus on one website and learn it well - THIS
is the one to choose. Kathy has been a pioneer in
technology education in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
She is the author of many books on this topic and
her site has won numerous awards that are listed
on the site. She was inducted into the Internet
Librarian Hall of Fame for the Year 2001.
(ROL) is a peer-reviewed journal of the International
Reading Association. Since May 1997 it has become
a leading online source of information for the worldwide
literacy-education community. The journal focuses
on literacy practice and research in K-12 classrooms
(students aged 5 to 18). “Literacy” is broadly
defined to include traditional print literacy, as
well as visual literacy, critical literacy, media
literacy, digital literacy, and so on. A special
mission of the journal is to support professionals
as they integrate technology in the classroom, preparing
students for a future in which literacy’s meaning
will continue to evolve and expand. To accomplish
this, ROL invites readers to enter the journal,
to read its text, watch its video, view its graphics,
and listen to its audio -- and to shape its contents.
Gateway to Educational Materials
"GEM" is a Consortium effort to
provide educators with quick and easy access to
thousands of educational resources found on various
federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial
Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Education and is a special project
of the ERIC
Clearinghouse on Information & Technology.
Teachers, parents, and administrators can search
or browse The Gateway and find thousands of high
quality educational materials, including lesson
plans, activities, and projects from over 200 GEM
Consortium member sites. Over 21, 000 educational
resources are linked here.
Publishing - Teacher Resource Links
Scholastic is one of the best sites to demonstrate
what publishing sites offer. Scholastic is a popular
publisher for children's & YA books. Use this
site if you know that Scholastic publishes the book
you are seeking, or you can just browse.
compiled by J. Macaluso
Edited by C. Matteo