August 26, 2016

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Back to School: How to support and respect LGBTQIA+ students

This time of the year means school is back in session, or nearly back in session, for many of us. It’s a good time for a reminder of how to support and respect LGBTQIA+ teens in classrooms and libraries, as well as be reminded of a few great resources. Obviously all of this goes for all […]

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Middle School Monday: author guest post with Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill has written a lyrically beautiful novel in The Girl Who Drank the Moon. From the publisher: An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a […]

Sunday Reflections: The Summer without Makeup

“Mom, why do you wear makeup every day?” Both girls asked me this same questions just weeks apart. And every answer that I started to say had nothing to do with me. I got up every morning, even the mornings on the days where I never left my house, and put on makeup. Foundation to […]

Create Buzz Around Reading with a Pop-Up Library

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Here’s how a PA high school librarian enticed reluctant library users with a mobile, curated selection of high-interest titles.

Friday Finds: August 12, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Let’s Talk About How We Talk About Mental Health App Review: Prisma Middle School Monday: Not Really Book Reviews by Julie Stivers Book Review: LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Alex Jackson Nelson Things I Never Learned in Library School: Wrestling with Pronouns […]

The #SLJTeenLive Panel on Mental Health in #YALit

As part of the SLJ Teen Live event, authors Nyrae Dawn, Stephanie Kuehn, Jennifer Niven, Teresa Toten and Susan Vaught participated in a panel in which they discussed mental health in #yalit. This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I live tweeted the panel. I Storify it here in […]

The Book I DNFed: IRREVERSIBLE by Chris Lynch

Today I want to talk with you about IRREVERSIBLE by Chris Lynch. I am currently 50% done reading this book and I am going to do something that I have seldom done before and not only DNF this book but discuss with you why I am choosing to do so. As a librarian and a […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Wrestling with Pronouns

One of the main advantages we have found in creating our Teen MakerSpace is that we actively interact with teens more. In the past, I had a teen area and would often work the Reference Desk, which was quite a distance from my teen area. Even when I would get up and wander around the […]

Graphic Novels Portray Bicultural America

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Works by Gene Luen Yang, Dan Santat, Nidhi Chanani, and others reveal the commonality of experience among Americans who have immigrant parents.

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Gold & Old: Sports and Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.

Book Review: LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Alex Jackson Nelson

Publisher’s description In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women’s World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. It hasn’t always been this way. Many great athletes […]

RITA, Walden Book Awards Announced; Manga Handbook | SLJTeen News

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Discover new grants and projects to help serve your teens, and read about recent YA award winners in this month’s SLJTeen News.

Middle School YA Zine Project Makes Kids the Bosses

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A zine program in a middle or high school library gets more teen voices heard, and is an interesting way to utilize (or start) a maker space.

Teens Review Whodunits, Gina Damico’s “Wax,” and More

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From compelling mysteries to wacky horror, our young adult reviewers give their takes on Gina Damico’s latest, a sci-fi thriller, and Rahul Kanakia’s dark comedy about a high-achieving teen trying to get into college.

Middle School Monday: Not Really Book Reviews by Julie Stivers

Ironically, as a school librarian, there is one element I always seem to be BEHIND on. It’s reading. READING. I can never catch up. No matter how fast I read, there are always new releases, important books on education and youth, and possible class texts to review/pick. This summer, my goal was a book a […]

App Review: Prisma

Knowing my love of photo apps, several people have wanted to make sure I know about the new Prisma app. Prisma allows you to transform your picture into a work of art based on the styles of many famous artists. It’s actually a fairly easy app to you, in part because it is limited in […]

Literacy Is Magic: Traci Chee on World-Building, Fantasy, and “The Reader”

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SLJ caught up with debut YA fantasy author Traci Chee and talked about her path to publishing, the need for diversity in genre teen fiction, and her writing process.

Sunday Reflections: Let’s Talk About How We Talk About Mental Health

Let’s talk about Trump. Don’t worry, this is not a political post. This is about mental health. More specifically, it’s about the way people are talking about Trump is causing further harm to those who struggle with mental health issues. I struggle on and off with depression and anxiety issues. There, I said it out […]

Reyna Grande on Immigration and “The Distance Between Us”

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A timely call for awareness and understanding. Reyna Grande on her upcoming young readers edition of her memoir The Distance Between Us.