February 24, 2017

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Friday Finds: February 24, 2017

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10) #SJYALIt: Socio-Economic Diversity in YA […]

#ProtectTransKids: A Reading List

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get […]

“Not for Everyone”: The continuing marginalization of LGBTQ literature for kids, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey

Today we are happy to share this post from author M.G. Hennessey as part of our Social Justice in YA Lit Project. Her book, The Other Boy, came out in 2016 and is about 12-year-old Shane, who is transgender. You can find out more about the #SJYALit Project here or by searching the hashtag here […]

Book Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Publisher’s description Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told. When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided […]

#SJYALIt: Socio-Economic Diversity in YA Lit

As part of our Social Justice in YA Lit Project, we are inviting guest bloggers to share their thoughts, feelings, books, programs and more. Today, Rachael Allen and Sarah Lemon are discussing socio-economic diversity in YA lit. I remember sitting in sophomore English and hating Holden Caufield. This kid had every advantage, but he was […]

Nikki Robertson Shares Tips for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week

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Librarian and instructional technology facilitator Nikki Robertson curates SLJ’s Teen Tech Week (March 5–11) Pinterest board.

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.

Teens Review Michael Miller and Amanda Strickland’s “Shadow Run” and More

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From graphic novels about war to sci-fi, this month’s batch of teen reviews covers the spread.

Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

If you follow me on Twitter (@CiteSomething), then you’re familiar with my extremely entertaining 10-year-old son, Callum. He’s a big fan of graphic novels and recently has started pulling books out of my TBR pile. It’s fun to get book mail and have so much of it either appeal now to him or know it […]

Making the Personal Political | Angie Thomas on “The Hate U Give”

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Angie Thomas, debut novelist of The Hate U Give, a stirring work on police brutality and racial violence, spoke with SLJ about bigotry, the influence of real life on her book, and the power of literature.

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway

Publisher’s description Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood […]

Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Publisher’s description Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera. Things/People Margot Hates: Mami, for destroying her social life Papi, for allowing Junior to become […]

Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity

I love short stories. I love them as a reader* and I’m excited at their potential for us as librarians. Short stories give us an accessible way into ELA classrooms with a bite-sized unit that we can connect to the curriculum by exploring figurative language, plot devices, or vocabulary. Using excellent short story collections like […]

School Library Journal’s Black History Month Pinterest Board

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A wide-ranging selection of Black History Month teaching resources, curated by high school librarian and Library Journal Mover & Shaker K.C. Boyd.

Friday Finds: February 17, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Muslim Voices Middle School Monday: Spy on History Blog Tour and Giveaway Book Review: American Street by Ibi Zoboi Dr. Bully, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey Everything, Everything Movie Trailer is Here! TPiB: 3 cheap and easy after school programs #SJYALit Hello, I’m Your Social Justice Librarian, a […]

Books for Trying Times: A Resource List complied by members of KidLit Resists!

Today’s list of resources is brought to you by the members of KidLit Resists! We’re a Facebook group for members of the KidLit community (authors, illustrators, editors, youth librarians, booksellers, and others who create and support picture books, MG books, and YA books) who wish to organize against the current administration’s agenda and support those communities targeted […]

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Publisher’s description You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother. Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. […]

#SJYALit Hello, I’m Your Social Justice Librarian, a guest post by Perlita Payne

I became the Social Justice Librarian at Alameda County Library in September. I had gotten my MLIS the year before while working for many years at a health center in an urban high school. After graduation, I was an hourly Reference Librarian at a couple of public library systems including the one that I now […]

TPiB: 3 cheap and easy after school programs

I’m always looking for small program ideas that don’t take a lot of planning time, are inexpensive, are flexible, and appeal widely. Here are three to try. Sci-Fi Stitches – or – Embroidered notecards You can be silly or serious with this one. I did both and both were fun. For the “sci-fi stitches” I […]

Everything, Everything Movie Trailer is Here!

The Teen and I love the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! It’s one of the few books that she has re-read and it made us both swoon. We are not swooners. So we are excited that this amazing book is being made into a movie. Today Anthony Breznican shared the movie trailer over at […]