November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

“Most Magical” Girls | New Fall Fantasy

In their new books, middle-grade luminaries Karen Cushman, Karen Foxlee, and Jennifer A. Nielsen bring new meaning to the words, “girl power.”

Great Books: Mini-Makers

Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Writes & Wrongs | When Authorship and Adolescence Converge

Several new YA titles explore the world where authorship and adolescence converge—dramatically.

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve

A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Armchair Adventures | Travel the World in Books

Stock your library shelves with this collection of profusely illustrated titles that will take readers from legendary routes traversed years ago to cities and countries around the globe.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

Take Wing | Books About Birds for Budding Naturalists

A selection of informational books and stories that will help children learn the basic characteristics of birds, differentiate between species, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the creatures that inhabit our world.

Coding: Resources To Get You Started

So you want to teach a class on coding. Where do you start?! Here are some ideas.

You Gotta Have Heart: Out-of-the-Park Baseball Novels For Middle Grade Readers

Unforgettable protagonists, narratives peppered with baseball action and atmosphere, and heart-stirring emotions make these recently released sports novels crackerjack reads.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Green Thumbs and Bountiful Imaginations | Great Books about Gardens

Whether they are digging, planting, nibbling, nurturing, or dreaming, the characters in these colorful picture books convey the wonder and joy of things that blossom.

Earth Day | It’s a Green Thing

Looking for resources to educate students about critical environmental issues? Start with a K–12 Toolkit provided by the Earth Day Network, and some recently published books on the topic.

Painting Pictures with Words | Books for National Poetry Month

These recently published poetry offerings will captivate students with their enchanting blend of eloquent words and eye-grabbing images.

Magic in Our World | Spring 2016 Middle Grade Fantasy

Exploring topics from grief to bullying in settings both contemporary and historical, a trio of 2016 titles mine real-world emotions and situations—and top them off with dashes of magic, horror, and talking skunks.

Disco Inferno | Watch- and Listen-Alikes for Meg Medina’s “Burn Baby Burn”

Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.