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Welcome!

Youth Reads is our new page focusing on books for teens and preteens, commonly known as Young Adult (YA) books. When we got such a great response to Teen Fiction Week back in February and March, we started discussing ways we could cover this subject more regularly. Youth Reads is the result of that effort. It's designed to help parents and educators who are looking for (1) good books for teens and preteens to read, and (2) a Christian perspective on YA books in general.

Our writers here will be giving short reviews of all kinds of Young Adult books: classic and contemporary, Christian and secular, mainstream and obscure. If there's a particular novel or series you'd like to see us review, please let us know. We can't make any promises, but we'll take all your suggestions into account. And please be sure to vote in the poll on the left side of the page. We've listed some of the hottest YA series and asked which one we should review first.

We'll also be offering links to a wide variety of articles and Web pages dealing with YA fiction, so that you can see what some of the latest trends are and what people are saying about the subject. (Please note that, as with RE:News and other pages on this site, a link to another page does not necessarily mean we endorse its contents. It simply means that we think it's a link of interest.) If we get enough interest in this page, there'll eventually be an e-mail newsletter that will deliver reviews right to your inbox.

Please weigh in and let us know what you think of Youth Reads, and how we can help meet your needs!

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Good Taste in Children's Books
Just read a portion of Meghan Cox Gurdon's speech delivered at Hillsdale College back in March 2013. Meghan has been a children's book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal since 2005. She makes the case for good taste in children's books. Her article "Darkness Too Visible" discussed the increasingly dark current that runs through books classified as YA - a subset that has, in the 4 decades since YA became a category in fiction, become increasingly lurid, profane, sexual and ugly. Read her article. Books for children and teenagers are written, packaged and sold by adults. The book industry, broadly speaking, says: Kids have the right to read whatever they want. Adults should not discriminate between good and bad books or stand as gatekeepers, deciding what young people should read. In other words, the faculty of judgment and taste that we apply in every other area of our children's lives should somehow vaporize when it comes in contact with the printed word. Meghan ends her article with Philippians 4:8 and challenges us to think about these words when we go shopping for our books.
This resource offered by BreakPoint is invaluable.
Great suggestions. I am always looking for good books for teen boys!
Reading list
I love this reading list and your references. Thank you for making this available!
books for youths
I recommend any of Andy Andrews books. Great for youth and adults.
Thanks you so much for these resources. As I homeschool mother of three, it is good to know that I can find reliable sources for reading suggestions.
Youth Reads
Excited to explore this site. I have lots of nieces and nephews for whom I need to buy gifts.
Great resource!
My oldest son is 9, and in the Highly Gifted program in our puplic school system. He's in 3rd grade, but reading on a middle school level. It's not easy to find appropriate books on his level. Resources like this help me not only determine what's appropriate, but help with discussions of what's good and what's not in a particular book.
Thank you, and I hope to see the reviews expand!
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Good stuff!
Great commentary today by Eric Metaxis. Looking forward to perusing and reading with my daughter and eventually my son the authors on the list.
Thankyou for this resource. As a mum of preteens, I'm eager to provide them with thought-provoking and entertaining reading matter that has been reviewed from a Christian viewpoint.
Thanks, Bridget!
Thank You & A Suggestion
I have been waiting for something like this for years! Not only am I an voracious reader, but I have three teen boys AND am a K-8th grade school librarian. As a reader and parent, I am thrilled that you offer a Christian worldview for both classic and contemporary reads. As a school librarian, may I suggest that you not emphasize that in your website's keywords since that would be blocked from some school's web access. It is frustrating that, not only are our students restricted from such sites but faculty is as well. I use such tools when selecting items for our school as well my personal information. I look forward to visiting often! Thank you again, Bridget
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