Celebrate National Read A Book Day With These YA Favorites

Here’s some of the best YA out there, as voted on by the readers!

School is started up again, autumn is on the way, and PBS is just about to bring back The Great American Read, “a competitive and nationwide campaign that explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.”

The network has been tracking the Top 40 most beloved books readers have voted on and there’s some mighty good YA on the list! Since it’s National Read a Book Day, we thought we’d break it all down.

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Yes, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn is one of those novels most of us had to read in school, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any merit. Francie’s journey through poverty and family scandal shows the way that our mundane lives are more than we think and the ways we’re all connected.

The Book Thief

Set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death itself, The Book Thief tells the story of a young German girl raised as Hitler rises to power and the ways the war indelibly changes her world, particularly when her adopted parents begin to hide away a Jewish refugee named Max, who becomes a defining figure in her life.

The Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books are the first children’s-to-young adult books that took readers to a new world of adventure and endless possibility! When the orphaned Pevensie siblings evacuate London during World War II, they find a doorway in their new home to leads to a world beyond– a world they’ll be asked to save from the evil White Witch.

Harry Potter

Stuffed with important real world parallels and profound messages, Harry Potter changed a generation with the sweeping story of a boy wizard who was fated to save the world from a bigoted, evil force. Full of depth and wonder, Harry Potter is a tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice that raised the landscape of fandom to a whole new level.

The Hunger Games

Though action-packed and romantic, The Hunger Games is the most introspective of the bunch. It makes us stop and consider the way we treat other humans, our love of “bread and circuses”, and our propensity for violence, but also taps into love, sacrifice, and what it takes to redefine the world as one knows it.

So there are our YA picks! National Read A Book Day is a great day to pick up a great story you haven’t read yet, so give these a try.

Perhaps more interesting is that the list has a hefty amount of children’s titles like Alice In Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web, and The Little Prince. Do we just long for the nostalgia of childhood reading a little more than YA?

Don’t love the Top 40 list? Vote here to voice your opinion! You have until October 18th!

Don’t forget to watch The Great American Read when it returns on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 on PBS!

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary