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Children's and Young Adult Literature (Education): Children's and YA Literature Home

Children's and Young Adult Literature Guide

The guide is designed to support students in Education programs who are researching or using children's and young adult literature in their teaching practice and research.

In this guide you will find information about Library material including books, journal articles and databases; as well as the many web based resources that discuss, analyse, inform or promote interest in children's literature and young adult's literature.

Children's and young adult literature is an important part of Fisher Library's Curriculum Collection which includes recently published material but also literature published for children and young adults since the early twentieth century.

The Curriculum Collection has many new books for reader's of all ages. The Curriculum resources collection is on Level 5 of Fisher south includes picture books, books and readers for beginning and young readers and many books for your adult readers, fiction & non-fiction; as well as graphic novels, educational toys and models. 

When you use Library Search use Refine my results on left of screen  to Location: Curriculum .

You can find the previous winners of the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards in the Fisher Curriculum Collection, along with many of the titles on the Notables list for 2019.

Featured Book

Tales from the inner city, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, is available in the Fisher Curriculum collection, Level 5 Fisher south. 

Shaun Tan is an award winning artist, illustrator and author. His work has won or been nominated for over 100 awards. In 2011 he was awarded Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature. For more information on Tales of the inner city and his other books visit Shaun Tan's website where you can also find essays and other information about his books . See also a the Allen & Unwin Website for a Commentary by the author and Teachers' notes for Tales of the inner city. 

Do a Library Search for other books by Shaun Tan held in University of Sydney Library collections.



Featured Graphic Novel

Parvana: a graphic novel

by Deborah Ellis

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of the Academy Award nominated film 'The Breadwiner', inspired by Deborah Ellis's beloved novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana. When soldiers burst into her home and drag her father off to prison, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the marketplace of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous and volatile city. By turns exciting and touching, Parvana is a story of courage in the face of overwhelming fear and repression. Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story. See the Allen & Unwin webpage for Teachers' Tips Lesson Plan (scroll down for link). Click on the book cover below which links to the Library Search entry for this title which is held in the Curriculum Collection, Fisher Library.

Teaching Guides & Resources on Publishers' websites

Contact Your Librarian

Education & Social Work Librarian

Christine Tennent

Ph 02 93513257

Fisher Library F03, University of Sydney 

Goodreads and Novelist

Goodreads Listopia:

YA Booklists and Young Adult Booklists

Picture Books

NoveList Database
Available from Local Public Libraries and the State Library of New South Wales eResources. Enter Novelist Plus in the by database title search box

Selected Teaching Resources