Check out bibliographies of books for young readers, children’s-YA book creators and gatekeepers.
The intent here is to highlight; none of these are intended as comprehensive resources. While some award-winners and bestsellers are included, part of the goal was to feature underappreciated gems.
This has been an ongoing effort since the late 1990s, so not all books listed are still in print. But you can seek them out from libraries and used booksellers.
First, the main age-market and format categories:
- picture books
- early readers and chapter books
- middle grade realism
- young adult realism
- middle grade and young adult short stories
Diverse, inclusive and underrepresented (also integrated throughout):
- Asian heritage (selected by children’s and young adult author Greg Leitich Smith, who is Japanese-German American), including anthologies, heritage resources, Chinese heritage books, Japanese heritage books, and Korean heritage books.
- interracial families, relationships and identity (interracial romance, identity, transracial adoption, and related resources), including picture books, novels and nonfiction.
- Native (North) American Indian/First Nations/Indigenous (contemporary and historical titles, books by Native authors and illustrators, teacher/librarian resources)