November 29, 2015

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Long-Awaited Mirrors: Latino Lit for Teens | Libro por libro


In recent years, we have seen an explosion of Latino authors writing for young adults. These works offer much-needed windows (and mirrors) for all readers.

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Beyond the Headlines | Featuring Technology and National Issues

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From cyberattacks and idisorders to wrongful convictions and medical ethics, a selection of new nonfiction books provides depth and context to topics of current interest.

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Circumstances: World War II Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

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Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.

“World Wildlife Fund Together” | Touch and Go

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Children love photo-essays and stories about animals and educators looking to introduce global issues into the curriculum often find endangered animals a good place to start. The World Wildlife Fund provides a digital offering on the topic, with an update to their WWF Together app, available free on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.

YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles


Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

Light Novels: Would You Like Some Prose with That?


What are light novels? Graphic novel and manga expert Brigid Alverson shares some light on the Japanese format and offers recommendations for teen readers.

Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens


Mark Flowers highlights recent adult titles with teen appeal in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, including Cat Winter’s The Uninvited and John Scalzi’s End of All Things.

On Tour Through “My Incredible Body” | Touch and Go


3-D perspectives, detailed illustrations, and narrated text features are just some of the features Zybright offers in its stunning tour of of the human body, available on a variety of devices.

Beyond the Headlines | New Books on Current Issues


Focusing on some of today’s hottest topics, these books provide critical updates and add context and depth to news stories on environmental and global issues.

Exploring America’s Past: Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers


Three new superbly written books feature unique protagonists with compelling points of view and provide insight into the experiences of others, while underscoring the extraordinary courage of otherwise ordinary kids

Cooking Up Some Fun | Recipes for Young Chefs


As the holiday season approaches don’t forget to stock your shelves with a few cookbooks.

Street Life: Memoirs for Teens | YA Underground


These three memoirs about young people who have overcome incarceration, gang life, and impoverished childhoods will satisfy the need for representation of teens in the margins.

WonderBox: Explorations in Science, Geography, Music, and Design | Touch and Go


The WonderBox app provides content, creation opportunities, and a mini social network—with features and safeguards that will please parents.

“The Unraveling of Mercy Louis” and Other Coming-of-Age Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers shares works in which the protagonists have an inescapable confrontation with the reality of becoming adult and making adult decisions, including Keija Parssinen’s The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and Mitchell Hogan’s A Crucible of Souls.

Teen vs. Nature: Spine-Tingling Wilderness Survival Stories


Whether braving hurricane-force winds on the Atlantic Ocean or finding themselves lost and alone on the Appalachian Trail, these teen protagonists face extreme circumstances that require them to dig deep for the courage, acumen, and constancy needed to look death in the eye and survive another day.

Picture Book Read-Alongs | Listen In


Reading a picture book aloud fosters print awareness, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.

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Teen Books by Native Writers to Trumpet Year-Round


Blogger and librarian Debbie Reese shares works for young adults by and about Native Americans that should be read, displayed, and celebrated in every collection, including graphic novels and the latest by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.

Haunted Houses & Headless Horsemen: Halloween Apps | Touch and Go


Halloween is here! From classic to contemporary stories (and a bit of augmented reality thrown in for good measure) we have apps for every age and sensibility.

Going Viral: Books About Infectious Diseases | Focus On


Humankind has always been plagued by infectious disease. It is likely that Ramses V died of smallpox in 1157 BCE in Egypt. In 160 CE, China’s Han dynasty was devastated by plague. Who hasn’t heard of 14th-century Europe’s Black Death, an epidemic responsible for the demise of millions? Outbreaks of various diseases have occurred throughout history—no era, culture, or continent has been spared. But the study of infectious disease is not just for history buffs—cases of infection have recently […]

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Dr. Seuss in a New, Digital “Read & Learn” Series | Touch and Go


When do you take an already successful app and improve upon it? And from a consumer’s point of view: does the new product warrant replacing a perfectly readable book or functioning program?