Top Ten Tuesday: Materials for Youth 101


I’m back everyone! Our internet was out for a few days, but that has now been resolved. Let’s jump into this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

I am actually taking a class this semester called “Materials for Youth”. So I thought I’d share with you guys my real life reading list for the semester!


1) Newbery Award – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Alternate Options: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


2) Printz Award – Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Alternate Options: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, In Darkness by Nick Lake


3) Caldecott Award – The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Alternate Options: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick and A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

MangaSoullessSoulless_by_Gail_Carriger_1st_edition_cover4) Traditional & Graphic Novel Smackdown (read both traditional and graphic novel versions) – Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alternate Options: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, TheGolden Compass by Philip Pullman, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

51k9FTuIDnL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_5) Fantasy Literature for Children – The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Alternate Options: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, Baba Yag’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, Story Thieves by James Riley


6) Fantasy Literature for Young Adults – The Six by Mark Alpert

Alternate Options: The Novice by Taran Matahru, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, More Than This by Patrick Ness


7) Realistic Fiction Literature for Children – Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Alternate Options: Doll Bones by Holly Black, Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky


8) Realistic Fiction Literature for Young Adults – What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

Alternate Options: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


9) Historical Fiction for Youth – Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Alternate Options: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M Draper

10) Magazines – One Children’s Magazine and One Young Adult Magazine

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Materials for Youth 101

  1. Hmmmm, Lion and the Mouse may just be Pinckney’s most beautiful book—and if I recall correctly, it’s wordless! The pictures are so powerful they tell not only the narrative, but the a richly detailed story.

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    1. Yes! Since these were all chosen by my teacher, I assume they’re all superb reads so hopefully he’ll find something that he enjoys! I felt like we were given a very wide range of choices from middle grade, to YA, to graphic novels, etc.

      I just started reading Midwinterblood and am enjoying it so far! It’s good to hear that you liked!

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