March 24, 2017

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#ProtectTransKids: A Reading List

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get […]

#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disabilty in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

As part of our 2017 Social Justice in Young Adult Literature project, we will be posting reading lists on various social justice-related subjects. Guest blogger Natalie Korsavidis pulled together this one on disabilities. We will mainly be focusing on books published after 2000. We encourage you to add any other titles you can think of in […]

Take 5 Community Reads for YA

Thinking about doing a community-wide read for teens? You could create a list of companion books for teens inspired by an adult selection like the St. Joseph County Public Libraries did, you could select a book specifically for your teens, or you could encourage the whole community to dive into teen lit by selecting a YA […]

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

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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.

Challenging Gender Norms with “Boys Read Pink” Celebration

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The boys in Karen Yingling’s library balked at reading so-called “girl” books until she enlisted some eighth grade helpers who challenged gender assumptions during “Boys Read Pink” month.

How To Use Snapchat for Readers’ Advisory

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Here’s how one public librarian uses the popular social media app to create booktalks that wow teen and new adult readers.

Take 5: Memoirs on writing to hand to aspiring teen authors

“How do you become an author?” We’ve heard teens ask that question every time they meet an author – published, famous, or neither. And we’ve all heard the answer too: read. Read everything. Read more. No, even more than that. Reading is essential. But more than novels, teens who are firmly dedicated to the writing life […]

Mind the Gap: Serving Readers in Sixth Through Eighth Grade

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Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann offers tips for helping build collections and serve readers in that tricky range between sixth and eighth grade.

Fusenews: Reader’s Advisory – Not Just for Librarians Anymore

In my current job I’ve become somewhat fascinated with what could easily be considered the key tool in a librarian’s toolbelt: Reader’s Advisory.  Patron asks you to recommend a book based on a set of preferences and you knock it out of the park.  That’s our job and we do it well.  Booksellers do it […]

Relearning reluctant readers

As a librarian, I’ve always tried to champion the reluctant readers. I’ve strived to provide a wide variety of reading material in my collection development ranges – everything from high interest low level books, to compelling nonfiction, to fiction told by and about diverse voices, to comics, image heavy browsing books, and more. When parents […]

“Librarians are how libraries speak.”

I’ve had a deep, abiding love for the writing of Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, ever since she introduced the world to Beyonce, the giant metal chicken, and now it turns out she loves me too. And you. And you.  (It’s a few weeks old, but read it now if you haven’t yet.) Makes your heart […]

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

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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.

What is your reading personality? Which reading super-hero are you?

How do you find just the right book to recommend for a kid?  It’s trickier than discovering that they like mysteries or even a very specific type of science fiction. What makes a certain book a yes for one kid reader and a clear no for another? The question deeply troubled former independent children’s bookseller […]

Book review: Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens

Book review: Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens

Get ready for a crash course in LGBTQ YA books! Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens: Coming Out, Being Out, and the Search for Community by Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins packs a lot of information in this slight book (164 pages). Their previous book together, The Heart has its Reasons: Young Adult Literature […]

A book for every heart, a heart for every book

A book for every heart, a heart for every book

Conversation hearts: they’re the Magic 8 Ball of Valentine’s Day, and today we’re using them to predict your perfect Valentine’s Day book match for the 3rd year in a row. Candy heart images are all created on Cryptogram if you need to print some out for your own book displays. I’ll Give You the Sun […]

Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list.

Dear Well Meaning Adult, Here’s how to buy books for teens on your list.

Dear Well Meaning Adult, Maybe you’re a relative, maybe you’re a friend, but no matter what, it is so awesome that you want to buy books for teens this holiday season. If you don’t mind, can I give you a few tips about how to buy books that these teens that you so clearly care […]

Five by Five: 5 Speculative Fiction and 5 Contemporary Fiction Books that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans Should Read

Five by Five: 5 Speculative Fiction and 5 Contemporary Fiction Books that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fans Should Read

As a Buffy fan, I will often finish a book and think to myself, that would be a great book for Buffy fans. Sometimes the connections are obvious – vampires, zombies and demons, oh my! Sometimes it has more to do with the tone or the characters. The cast of Buffy had a certain snark […]

Gamers Are Readers | The Gaming Life

Capitalize on the popularity of video games

Libraries across the country are jumping on the gaming bandwagon, and some librarians are thrilled with this revolution. We grew up playing video games. Although these games were not nearly as impressive as the ones available today, we still spent countless hours playing the original Super Mario Brothers—and we still grew up to be librarians. Video games did not rot our brains. But that begs the question: What do video games have to do […]