March 30, 2017

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25 Kid and YA Books That Lift Up Immigrant Voices

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A collection of autobiographical or fictional stories based on childhood memories or that draw upon people’s work with immigrant children, including works by Julia Alvarez, Nicola Yoon, and Edwidge Danticat.

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Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

Check Out 8 New Graphic Novels for Teens

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights new graphic novels for young adults, including a “Superman” comic by Gene Luen Yang and an adaption of an Octavia Butler classic.

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

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These nine titles—from picture books to YA—explore the many dangers, factors, and effects that refugees and immigrants face every day.

3 Adorably Fox-y Picture Books

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Dispel the negative connotations surrounding foxes in children’s stories with these three cuddly tales.

5 Middle Grade Titles Featuring People of Color

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Looking for new middle grade novels starring main characters of color? Here are five standout titles suitable for most collections.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2017

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of […]

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

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In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship.

Athletes, Activists, and Other Amazing Women | Women’s History Month

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A host of new titles celebrate the achievements of women.

Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

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More intimate than traditional biographies, these carefully researched, these well-written works of historical fiction provide inviting introductions to real-life, fascinating women.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

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A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Women’s History on the Internet | Professional Shelf

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Celebrate the remarkable diversity of American women, past and present, with these deep and engaging Internet resources.

Have Struggling or Reluctant Readers? These Hi-Lo Titles Will Keep Them Engaged

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These new titles and series featuring high-interest subject matter with a low reading level (“Hi-Lo” books) are ideal for hooking reluctant or struggling middle grade and teen readers.

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Flip Flap Pets | Touch and Go

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Axel Scheffler and a flip book all in one? What could be more fun?

Familiar Faces: Adult Books 4 Teens’ Favorites

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This week, we explore a motley crew of fan favorites, from Alex Award winners to a legendary editor and more.

This Is “Me” | Touch and Go

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Tinybop’s latest app, “Me,” offers an excellent opportunity for self-exploration.

Celebrate Black History Month with Afro-Latinx Kid Lit

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SLJ reviews manager Shelley Diaz highlights children’s and YA books with Afro-Latinx roots.

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Alex Awards Check-In | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Sarah Hill looks back on the column to see just how many of the Alex Award winners were covered in AB4T and spotlights four can’t-miss nonfiction titles.

Fandoms & Cons 101 | Mix It Up

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Curious about hosting a Comic Con in your library? Look no further.

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Chapter Books for Change | Chapter Book Chat

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Topics such as immigration, gender identity, and homelessness are explored in this selection of chapter books for younger readers, with supporting web resources for classroom lessons and discussions.