So, all this is prelude to the YA list and the questions I have about it.
1. Who were the YA "experts" consulted here?
2. What were the criteria for making the list?
3. How was YA defined? There are a TON of MG (middle grade) novels here that I would not label as YA.
4. Why are there books written for adults on the YA list? I am speaking, of course, about the classics. They are NOT YA. They were never intended for YA. Most YA readers dislike them. Why, oh why, do we need to perpetuate the inclusion of literature intended for adults in YA literature?
5. Charlotte's Web? Really?
6. International authors? Authors of color? Diversity?
7. While I applaud the inclusion of Peter Sis' THE WALL, where are the other picture books for older readers?
10. More GNs? Novels in verse?
Again, I know the titles on this list. But if I removed the classics, the MG books, and the novels for elementary readers, I could include a WHOLE lot more titles representative of the golden age of YA lit and now its second golden age. There are authors overlooked entirely.
I need to see if I can teach a seminar this summer. I really, really, really want to talk about these lists with others.