Reading with a Critical Eye: Evaluating YA Literature

This course is designed for individuals who wish to develop a more critical lens while reading.  Initially focusing on the basic elements of literature (including both fiction and nonfiction), it then broadens out to consider form and format (i.e., graphic novels, audiobooks) and related topics (i.e., multicultural books, blogging, reviews, resources, etc.).

Learning Outcomes

  • How to read YA literature in a critical and evaluative manner
  • How to apply evaluative criteria for genre, form, and format
  • How to write both brief annotations and extensive annotations

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises


Dr. Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University Library Science Department

Dr. Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University Library Science Department

Date(s) & Time(s)

Monday, February 9, 2015 - Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

Application Pending


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA Members
  • $215 nonmembers

Technical Requirements

YALSA e-courses are offered through Moodle.

How to Register

Registration is available via our online registration system, or by submitting a paper registration form via mail or fax. 

Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course.
Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's program officer for continuing education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.