YA Diary Fiction: Teen Book Display


With the boom in diary fiction in children’s fiction (Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries), I thought it was time to highlight some of the Diary Fiction in our teen collection.

Diary fiction can be especially intimate and emotional, making it a great fit for certain YA novels. I created a 3D diary sign using construction paper, tape, and scrap paper that reads “Dear Diary… books written from the heart.” I also created and taped up 4 mini diaries with actual writing in them for teens to explore. One lists my favourite YA books, one has a top secret opinion on who Harry Potter should’ve ended up with, and one confesses an undying love for Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. “Yes I know he’s a fictional character. No I don’t care.”

20150824_191620 (1)Of course I wrote “TOP SECRET DO NOT READ” on the covers. And of course teens loved reading it anyway.

I’ve never seen a display draw teens in more quickly and completely than these secret journals. It’s a great, fun way to start a discussion.

Book Suggestions

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
  • Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
  • Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
  • The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
  • How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro
  • The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
  • Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by by Isabel Quintero
  • Happyface by Stephen Emond
  • Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou
  • Letting Ana Go by Anonymous
  • Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (not written as a diary but a diary is heavily featured)

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Free Downloadable Resources

Other resources for YA novels written as diaries:

What are your favourite YA Diary Fiction books? Have you made a diary display before? I’d love to hear about it.

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