Senior High Core Collection

This selective list of books recommended for young people in grades 9 through 12 is invaluable for collection development and maintenance, readers' advisory and curriculum support in the high school library and the young adult section of the public library. With more than 29,000 recommended titles, Senior High Core Collection covers fiction and nonfiction works for high school readers.

What are Core Collections?

For all of your collection development and maintenance, general reference and readers’ advisory needs, Core Collections—formerly H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs—are reliable guides to help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction, and fiction books. Learn more about Core Collections.

Available Packages:

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 3-pack:

  • Children’s Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection


H.W. Wilson Core Collections 5-pack (includes access to dedicated Core Collections Complete interface):

  • Fiction Core Collection
  • Nonfiction Core Collection
  • Children's Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

The use of Dewey and Sears headings makes this an easily navigable resource. [...] It continues to be an essential resource for collection management in high school and public libraries. Librarians will want to consider the database for access to greater numbers of titles and resources. Essential.

Rosanne M. Cordell, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

Created by Librarians, for Librarians

In addition to recommendations for young adult readers, Senior High Core Collection includes listings of review sources and other aids for librarians and school media specialists. Entries provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation, evaluative quotations from a review and full-text reviews when available.

Selected and recommended by specialists in library service to young adults in high schools and public libraries across the United States, the books listed encompass a wide variety of topics for youth, with a special focus on contemporary literature and subjects covered in high school curricula.

Titles are searchable by subject, author, grade level, Dewey Decimal number and more.

Features include:

  • Content for collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support
  • Complete bibliographic data for purchasing guidance
  • Coverage of graphic novels
  • Full-text book reviews of recommended books
  • “Similar Books” and “Other Books by this Author” suggestions in each book record
  • Starred reviews, book lists and awards

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