That a school librarian has something to say about reading incentive programs is not new. I’m not here to tell you whether or not to do them—but rather to talk about the one aspect of incentive programs that I see to be particularly damaging. Several teachers I’ve known have used (and use) Book Adventure to […]
I spent the first 21 years of my career as a school librarian. First, I served in an elementary school where 97% of the students lived in poverty. The smallest things I did in the students lives were noticeable, from keeping school supplies and personal wellness items available to them at all times, to advocating […]
This Week at TLT #MHYALit Sunday Reflections: The hard work of getting help and getting better Embracing Content Creation Queries – Guest post by Lynette Pitrak Middle School Monday: Finding, Funding, and Flooding What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2016 #MHYALit: For My Suicidal Friends, On the Election of Donald Trump, a guest […]
My daughter has an eating disorder and it’s unlike the usual suspects. Everyone is familiar with bulimia and anorexia nervosa, but what my daughter has is called ARFID, which stands for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. ARFID, simply put, is the fear of eating – extreme picky eating; the fear that if you try something new, […]
It’s been a week since the election. Emotions are high. Many people are legitimately fearful for their safety and well being given both the rhetoric of the campaign and the increase of hate crimes since the election. My teens are scared. So here’s a look at what I am going to be doing as both […]
A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.
This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Trigger warning for suicide, real talk about racism, sexism, and mental illness. This post originally was posted on November 11, 2016 on We Got So Far To Go. I’m scared about the election of Donald Trump for many, many reasons, but one of the most pressing is the fact that it has retraumatized a number […]
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). Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my […]
Has our libraries’ mission to fill our shelves with books that reflect our students—and the world—ever been more important? We need reflective literature and #ownvoices books for all of our students. All the time. Today, let’s talk about money. Yes, money. Because to make a commitment to filling our shelves with diverse books, reflective literature […]
“I want to design a Gandalf figure to print on the 3D printer.” “How do I insert text over my video in iMovie?” “I want to take pictures of the fall leaves on the trees in my neighborhood… but it’s really cloudy today.” I’m paraphrasing here, but all three of the above are questions I’ve […]
It’s election night, 7 pm, and I’m sitting in the doctor’s office being diagnosed with moderate major depression. There’s an obvious joke there—one that’s not funny at all. And it’s maybe the first time anything about me has been described as moderate. I spent the past few months crying my eyes out […]
This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: I Survived Active Shooter Training but I’m Bitter about It 5 Publishers That Will Rock Your MakerSpace Middle School Monday: Short Stories for the Win The Pressure to be Perfect: Emily Franklin interviews H.A. Swain about her YA novel Gifted MakerSpace: Fun with Lettering and Quarto Books The Nature […]
I have been a teen services librarian for 22 years, maybe 23. I have sat with teenagers through a lot of moments. Many elections. 9/11. I have talked with them about war, the economy, and yes, about their abortions. Some teenagers we see once or twice, others we come to know more personally. They […]
In the course of publishing our Twisted Lit novels (each of which is inspired by a different Shakespeare play), we’ve often fielded questions about what it’s like to collaborate. The process demands an equal and ego-free partnership, an ability to view the world through a similar lens, and a willingness to see the strengths in […]
The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new titles, including Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist.
Lettering might seem like an odd thing to discuss when it comes to making, but there are lots of great ways that you can include lettering with making. If you have read any of my makerspace posts, you know that I have mentioned how my teens tend to be into more traditional arts and crafts […]
EF: In Gifted, you write about a future in which genius can be purchased by wealthy parents for their children. What was the inspiration behind this? HS: Two things happened simultaneously in my life to inspire this premise: 1) My daughter was applying to public middle schools in Brooklyn and 2) I was recovering […]