As I mulled over Jenn’s post, I was driven to the library on campus. Specifically, I went to visit the LSU library’s children and YA collection. I started to wonder which “older” children's or young adult writers we might be starting to neglect as we devour the works of some of the author’s Haight suggests: Levithan, Chbosky, Brashares, Forman, Lockhart, Forman, Garcia, and, the oldest reference in her list of classics from Goodreads, Cormier. I wanted to browse through the stacks and see what names I found that we ought to remember; authors who have contributed over time and whose books are worth remembering.
Walk with me through the first six letters of the alphabet as I select authors who, I think, ought to be remembered if we create a list of “classic” texts. Without question there are authors that some of you love that I won’t mention. Make your own list as you browse through your university, school, or public library. There really is a legacy of great writers of children's, juvenile, and adolescent fiction that contribute to a collection of what we are now calling Young Adult Literature.
I will continue to browse through the library and report the rest of my discoveries in future posts. I hope you also venture on a trip through the library stacks near you. Hopefully, the trip stimulates your own memories of past reading experiences and inspirations as you contemplate just which books might be classics.
Until Next Week,
Steven T. Bickmore