Books & Authors for Middle and High School Students

AdLit.org These resources were developed by AdLit.org, a national multimedia project offering information to parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. AdLit.org is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital.

Video Interviews with Top Young Adult Authors
AdLit.org has more than 50 exclusive video interviews with award-winning young adult authors and illustrators. The writers share stories about their own childhoods, why they were drawn to young adult literature, and how they create some of the most popular books around. These interviews are ideal for budding writers and for use with classroom author studies. Watch video interviews with YA authors >
Author Study Toolkit
An author study is a unit lesson that gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into an author's life and body of work. Whether individually, in small groups, or as a class, students can:
  • Critically evaluate an author's themes, characters, and writing style
  • Make connections between the author's life and work
  • Make personal connections between their own experiences and those of the author and his/her characters
The toolkit includes lots of great web tools and creative ideas for final projects. See the toolkit >
Themed Booklists for Teen Readers
With so many distractions, it can be hard to interest kids in reading for pleasure. Some kids only read books by one author or in one genre, while those who really struggle with literacy may avoid books altogether. AdLit.org's themed booklists, prepared by our young adult literature advisors, will help you find books to broaden the horizons of reluctant readers and engage struggling readers with high-interest, low-difficulty texts. Find great books for teens >
Award-Winning Books for Teens and Tweens
With so many awards and "best of" lists for great yound adult books, it can be hard to track them all down. We've gathered the winners of the most popular annual awards, as well as links to picks from The New York Times, the International Reading Association, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Browse award-winning books >