August 17, 2017

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One in Three: Teen Dating Violence and Michelle Carter – a guest post by author Heather Demetrios

Today we are honored to have Bad Romance author Heather Demetrios with us to talk about teen dating violence. She shares her experiences and thoughts regarding this serious issue and her recent release, Bad Romance. As a young adult author, I think a lot about what it feels like to be young and in love. […]

#FSYALit: From Rejection to Reconciliation: Changing Notions of Faith and Spirituality in LGBTQ YA, a guest post by Rob Bittner

“What I would love to see more of in Queer YA with Christian sub-plots is the ability of characters to reimagine their spirituality—their faith—in ways which incorporate gender and sexual identities, instead of feeling the need to abandon all religious and spiritual components of their identities.” –Rob Bittner   Back in 2015 (was that really […]

#FSYALit: From Rejection to Reconciliation: Changing Notions of Faith and Spirituality in LGBTQ YA, a guest post by Rob Bittner

“What I would love to see more of in Queer YA with Christian sub-plots is the ability of characters to reimagine their spirituality—their faith—in ways which incorporate gender and sexual identities, instead of feeling the need to abandon all religious and spiritual components of their identities.” –Rob Bittner   Back in 2015 (was that really […]

I Went to a STEAMFest and This is What I Learned

Monday night our local school district – where I live, not where I work – hosted a district wide STEAMFest and I took my family, but I also went to scope things out – as one does. Overall, this was a well crafted event that I would love to host (on a slightly smaller scale) […]

Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship | Tech Tidbits

Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers tips and tools for keeping up-to-date on the resources needed to teach students about Internet safety and digital citizenship.

I Tried to Escape the Bus (and Failed!) – An Escape the Bus Review

Last night, the local school district hosted a STEAMFest (more about this in a different post). One of the events they had during this day was Escape the Bus and I want to make sure everyone knows about this. Escape the Bus is a mobile escape room experience hosted by the iSchool Initiative. It is […]

2017 SLJTeen Live! Tackles Social Justice, YA Lit, and Coding

SLJ’s sixth annual virtual conference on all things teen took place on August 9, 2017. The archive and Storify for the free, all-day event is now available.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA August 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 a […]

Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville

Yesterday I spent a lot of time talking with The Teen about the events that happened in Charlottesville. We listened to a lot of NPR and talked about what we heard. We talked about what we didn’t hear in our church (in the sermon, although the situation was mentioned, our pastor did not explicitly come […]

Sunday Reflections: Talking with Teens about Charlottesville

Yesterday I spent a lot of time talking with The Teen about the events that happened in Charlottesville. We listened to a lot of NPR and talked about what we heard. We talked about what we didn’t hear in our church (in the sermon, although the situation was mentioned, our pastor did not explicitly come […]

A Grief Moderated: Middle Grade Fiction for Young Readers Dealing with Loss – Guest Post by Kerry Sutherland

Most tweens and young teens have experienced death, perhaps of a distant, elderly relative or of a beloved pet. What about those who have lost a parent, sibling, or close friend? When a teacher, guidance counselor, or concerned adult approaches us for recommendations for middle grade fiction that will support the management of the complicated […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

Friday Finds: August 11, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Boyfriends, Breakups and Blocking – Oh My! Talking with teens about a different type of access Harry Potter Birthday Celebration! By Michelle Biwer SLJTeenLive: Teen MakerSpace On a Budget Preview Book Review: You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little […]

MakerSpace: Outreach Activity – Book Face

I can obviously not begin to take credit for the fabulous idea of Book Face as it is undoubtedly something that you have seen all over the Internet. What I want to share with you, however, is how we did our Book Face and why we chose to do it in the way that we […]

Video Games Weekly: Slime Rancher

August is a slow month in the gaming world.  Most AAA video game developers have released their blockbuster games at the beginning of the summer season, so this week I’m going to focus on another indie game that you may not have heard of. Slime Rancher is a first person adventure game created by Monomi […]

Librarians Vote for the Top 100 Must-Have YA

The results are in! Almost 300 librarians weighed on SLJ’s Top 100 Must-Have YA poll. Download a PDF of the full list.

42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library

SLJ editors have chosen the following 42 works as must-have diverse YA titles for every teen librarian’s collection.

Rocky Roads: 8 Coming-of-Age Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens

These recent titles about young people maturing provide fresh takes on well-known narratives, from a heartfelt novel about a thirtysomething developing a sense of self to a memoir about a young man who trekked across the United States.

33 Winning Back-to-School Ideas

From VR and mystery parties to STEAM projects and life-skills programs, these initiatives ignite curiosity.

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New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]