Young adults often struggle with confusion or guilt because they perceive themselves as different from others especially their peers for some of these individuals the arts can help them cope with adolescent turmoil allowing them to express their emotions in poems stories painting songs and other creative outlets. This book looks at literature that features young adults who either identify themselves as artists or use the arts in very intentional ways to help create a sense of self in their adolescent lives. Download pdf radiant child the story of young artist jean michel basquiat americas award for childrens and young adult literature commended free. In the final chapter art and young adult literature art in literature literature about art literature as art stover and zitlow examine young adult novels in which the art itself rather than the young person as artist is a focal point of the story. In portrait of the artist as a young adult the arts in young adult literature lois thomas stover and connie s zitlow examine books in which the coming of age for young adults is influenced by the arts stover and zitlow consider the connection between the arts and a young persons developing sense of self the use of art to cope with loss and grief and how young adults can use art to
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