August 29, 2015

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MakerSpace: Making Movie Magic with Tweens and Teens in the Library

Later today I’m giving a webinar with the Florida Library Webinars on Making Movies with Tweens and Teens. Below is the powerpoint and a few additional links I have found to get you started. I’m not incredibly great at making movies, but this is a good tool to get you started with the basics. This […]

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month; Giveaway: Lubar’s “Sophomores” | SLJTeen News


Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.

Review From This Month’s School Library Journal: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of School Library Journal.   Gaiman, Neil. The Sleeper and […]

Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”


Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Podcast Party: A Curated List of Nine Teen-Friendly Podcasts


In celebration of The Yarn podcast, created by SLJ blogger Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, teen librarian Robin Brenner has curated a roundup of podcasts to recommend to young adults who are both new to and well-versed in the format.

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More


The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA This Fall

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books) featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. I’ll try to include as many titles as possible. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my radar for an upcoming list? Leave […]

Middle Grade Monday – Maker Space

We are about to launch our Maker Space in our school library media center – it is going to be what is referred to as a ‘soft launch.’ Our technology facilitator and one of our classroom teachers are really the driving force behind this initiative, and much more familiar with the items we have purchased. […]

Ghost Stories That Aren’t: Moïra Fowley-Doyle on “The Accident Season”


Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle chats with SLJ about her haunting YA debut, The Accident Season.

Book Review: Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (reviewed by Lexi)

Today I am very excited to share with you the first book review from our new teen book reviewer Lexi. You can learn a little bit more about her at the About TLT page. “You’ve just made an oath with the sea.” Summary: The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until […]

Sunday Reflections: When the Tornado Warning Comes, things I’ve learned about a library in crisis

It rained a lot this summer in Ohio. A lot. But on this day, it was sunny, for just a while. The Mr. had called and told me he was taking the girls to the local park. They had some monkey bars that Thing 2 was anxious to see if she could cross, having grown […]

The Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA+ YA Literature Project Index

For the past two weeks, Teen Librarian Toolbox focused on sexual violence in LGBTQIA+ young adult literature. This is part of our blog’s larger ongoing sexual violence in young adult literature (or SVYALit) project.   We’re grateful to Vee Signorelli, admin and co-founder of GayYA, and Nita Tyndall, a moderator at GayYA. who have helped us brainstorm, organize, and facilitate this project. This series […]

Friday Finds – August 14, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Tough Girls Talk About Rape, a guest post by Rachel Gold Why We Need Abuse and Sexual Violence/Abuse in LGBTQIA YA, a guest post by Sarah Benwell Middle Grade Monday – Use it or Lose it (the kids’ perspective) Misrepresentations of Violence in Julie Anne Peters’ Rage: A Love […]

“Our kisses were seismic”: Positive sexual experiences in LGBTQIA+ YA books

Part of the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project has included posts looking at enthusiastic consent, positive and healthy sexual experiences, and on-the-page consensual sex scenes (check out those posts here by Karen Jensen, Christa Desir, and Carrie Mesrobian). While it’s important to look at and discuss rape, consent, abuse, and violence, it’s equally […]

The Need For Realistic, Compassionate Portrayals of Sexual Violence In LGBTQIA+ (and all YA) Lit, a guest post by Cheryl Rainfield

By Cheryl Rainfield, author of YA novels SCARS, STAINED, HUNTED, and PARALLEL VISIONS (@CherylRainfield)   When I was a child and teen, I lived through daily/nightly rape, torture, and mind control at the hands of my parents and other abusers; my parents belonged to intergenerational, interconnected cults. I was also queer. When people hear that, […]

Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games


The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

Coercion and Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA Lit, a guest post by Nita Tyndall

by Nita Tyndall (@NitaTyndall)   We don’t talk enough about coercion as a form of sexual assault, and we specifically don’t talk about it in regards to LGBTQ literature—narratives, as harmful as they are, of boys “wearing girls down” or talking them into sex are seen as commonplace, even acceptable and, on occasion, romantic.   […]

Misrepresentations of Violence in Julie Anne Peters’ Rage: A Love Story, a guest post by Megan Honig

by Megan Honig (@vongmeggz) Relationship violence—sexual, physical, and/or emotional—among LGBTQ young people is underdiscussed and, unsurprisingly, underrepresented in teen literature. Because there are so few books depicting LGBTQ relationship violence, Julie Anne Peters’ Rage: A Love Story, a book about two teen girls who enter into a violent, unhealthy relationship, is still notable six years […]

Middle Grade Monday – Use it or Lose it (the kids’ perspective)

This title recently came across my desk as a book to review. While objectively I can recognize it as something that will be immensely popular with my students, I’m old enough that it actually hurts my eyes. The color contrast and conglomeration of facts on each page are set up to appeal to a generation […]

The Latest from Amanda Hocking, R.L. Stine, and More | YA Series Update


School Library Journal editors round up the latest entries of popular fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, and horror series, including works by Amanda Hocking, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Janet Edwards, and R.L. Stine.

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