Books by Topic

Use the lists below to help you find just the right book for the topic you’re looking for.

National Award Winning Books

National Book Award
Nobel Prize for Literature
Alex Award Winners
Pura Belpre Winners
Best Fiction for Young Adults
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Young Adult Books
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources
Excellence in Non-fiction for Young Adults
William C. Morris Debut YA Award
Notable Books for Adults
Printz Award
Rainbow Project Book List
Stonewall Book Awards

Mental Health

Anxiety Disorder
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Bipolar Disorder
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky

Depression/Suicide
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Eating Disorders
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Chasing Shadows by Swati Avashti

Schizophrenia
I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena
Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

LGBTQ
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

#BlackLivesMatter Reads
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiehly
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Computer Science: Programming/Hacking/Cyber-terrorism
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
The Circle by Dave Eggers

Addiction
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson

Abusive Parents and Dysfunctional Families
Split by Swati Avashti
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Stitches by David Small
Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Death
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

Teenage Pregnancy
After by Amy Efaw
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

Bullying
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

Homelessness and Poverty
Can’t Get There from Here by Todd Strasser
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Fairy Tales and Fantasy
East by Edith Pattou
Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Race
The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamilla Stevenson
Black and White by Paul Volponi

HIV and AIDS
Fade to Black by Alex Flinn
Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl

War Fiction
Kipling’s Choice by Geert Spillebeen
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Street Life: Gangs, drugs, violence
We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins

Relationships and Love
Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

Travel and Road Trips
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Hit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney

Slavery
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
The Healing by Jonathan Odell
Sold by Patricia McCormick

Rape
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Mysteries, Thrillers, Suspense, Murder, Crimes
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser
Christopher Killer: A forensic mystery by Alane Ferguson

Terminal Illness
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Cerebral Palsy
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Physical Impairments and Injuries/Amputations
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake

Conjoined Twins
Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

Visual Impairments
Love Blind by C. Desir and Jolene Perry

Prosopagnosia (Facial Blindness)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven