April 25, 2017

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#SJYALit: Ten Young Adult Novels for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a guest post by Clara Kensie

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The statistics are horrifying, staggering, alarming, shameful: One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old. The National Sexual Violence Resource […]

National School Climate Survey results about LGBTQ students’ experiences in school

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, released its biennial National School Climate Survey, which documents the experiences of LGBTQ students from across the country, in mid December 2016. The good news is that things have improved slightly from their 2013 survey. The bad news is that it’s still really ugly out there. 174 page […]

Middle School Monday: Fangirling from Afar

Because Karen (@tlt16) loves me, she regularly visits authors on whom I have the most indelible of crushes. This includes, almost exclusively, Kiersten White. I’ve never had the great fortune to meet her, but Karen regularly visits her table at conferences on my behalf. She is lovely like that. This time, I asked her to […]

MakerSpace: 5 Low or No Tech Activities for a Teen MakerSpace

When I first began transforming my teen space into a Teen MakerSpace, I was adamant that the space had to be tech, tech, tech heavy. All tech, all the time. I pushed back hard against suggestions that I should do things like have gel pens or paint. Part of my concern was legitimate, cost and […]

Friday Finds: April 21, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die App Review: Enlight What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017 #SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & […]

#SJYALit: Breaking Taboos, Telling Secrets, a conversation between Isabel Quintero and Elana K. Arnold

Introduction In the introduction to Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, Kelly Jensen writes, “What unites feminists is the belief that every person–regardless of gender, class, education, race, sexuality, or ability–deserves equality.” This intersection between multiple social justice movements characterizes what we call Third Wave feminism, a term coined in the 1990s, and […]

#SJYALit: Good Girls Don’t Wear That! a guest post by Kim Baccellia

As a child I remember my church leaders sharing stories of how girls had a responsibility to dress and act appropriately or else they’d cause boys to have indecent thoughts. This is true in some fundamental conservative groups. If those boys acted on these impulses, the blame was placed on the girl. Not the boy. […]

Hello, Space Station! Teens Chat with an Astronaut via Ham Radio

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Through a NASA educational program, a Kansas teen librarian developed a related STEM curriculum that culminated in radio contact with the International Space Station.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & Other Absurd Things Politicians Say in 2017

Internet privacy is under attack with the current administration. This means that the things you say and do online can no longer be considered private in the same ways we thought of them a few weeks ago. Congress has ruled that Internet providers can sale your information in an effort to make more money. You, […]

Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders

My 8-year-old keeps saying she wants to be a cheerleader, something The Mr. keeps routinely saying no to. And when he says no, you can hear it –  there is an edge of disgust to his voice. The truth is, we have a lot of animosity towards cheerleaders, thanks in no small part to the […]

Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

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Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

#SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie

1992. My senior year in college. It’s Friday night, and I go with some of my sorority sisters to a local restaurant for burgers and cheese fries before we start our round of fraternity parties. There are a couple of pool tables in the bar area, so we play a game while we wait to […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 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 […]

App Review: Enlight

For months now I have been wanting to talk to you about a photo app called Enlight, the only problem is – I can’t figure out how to use it very well. This may sound like a dig at the app but it’s not, it’s an admission of my own lack of skills. The truth […]

Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die

A teen looks up from a project she is working on and realizes that she has been working too long, she has missed it. She comes to our Teen MakerSpace every day after school and stays until closing. But she leaves every night around 6:00 PM to go to the local dinner. You see poverty […]

Friday Finds: April 14, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner . . . Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan #SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis […]

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

Last year it was announced that Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing would launch a Muslim children’s book imprint called Salaam Reads. From the S&S website, a Feb 24, 2016 post says this about the imprint: “Salaam Reads will introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids […]

Oklahoma University Library Melds Art and High Tech in a Lesson for Middle Schoolers

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Collaboration, followed by “close looking,” led to discovery—and a few career ideas—for a group of seventh and eighth graders.

MakerSpace Madness: Out of the 1, Many – Transforming Art in Multiple Ways

I spent yesterday casually demonstrating to the teens in the Teen MakerSpace how one project can turn into many, many projects. Making isn’t just about making, it’s about re-making and transforming. It’s about thinking outside of the box. It’s about pushing the limits of what you know and learning new things. So yesterday we explored […]

Notable Nonfiction on the Transgender Experience and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Another crop of notable nonfiction featuring often unheard voices, from a title that unpacks myths about the transgender experience to a book on those who have been wrongfully convicted.