We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the likes of Harry Literature for young children and Katniss Everdeen, they’ve produced characters and conceits that have become the currency of our pop-culture discourse—and inspired some of our best writers to contribute to the genre.
See 17 authors’ favorite books for young readers. Read about how author Meg Wolitzer was inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar. By the editors of TIME, with reporting by Daniel D’Addario, Giri Nathan and Noah Rayman. Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Kenn Nesbitt’s name.
Your browser is out of date. 2019s story focused on a black protagonist, it broke down barriers many white editors may have never noticed. By Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Clement Hurd. The block-printed illustrations show just how similar families of different species can be, as child Sal and a baby bear covet Maine blueberries on a berry hunt with their respective mothers. By Else Holmelund Minarek, illustrations by Maurice Sendak. By Jane Yolen, illustrations by John Schoenherr.