April 26, 2016

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Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival


On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight


Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”


SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival


Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi | YA Series Update


The following are some of the latest installments in popular YA series. The highlighted choices include some classic romances, science fiction, dystopians, horror, a modern-day take on Shakespeare, and political thrillers that teens won’t want to miss.

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Doctor Who Comics Day; YALSA’s Teens’ Top 10 | SLJTeen News


This SLJTeen news roundup highlights plenty of opportunities to win prizes and info about upcoming conferences and stipends.

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More


Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

YALSA’s 2016 Teen Read Week To Focus On English Language Learners

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This year’s Teen Read Week, held from October 9–15, will highlight teen services, programming, and literature for young adults who speak a language other than English at home.

Interview: Cassandra Clare on SLJ Popular Pick “Lady Midnight”


SLJ chats with Cassandra Clare, author of the mega-popular “Mortal Instruments” series about her “Dark Artifices” series opener and her love for libraries.

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How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

Group of teens celebrating the power of the spoken word at the FLP.

Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

Sexual Violence in YA Lit | SLJ Spotlight


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share these recently reviewed YA titles and resources with teen readers.

SPONSORED: Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2016 (Booth #1544)

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We can’t wait to see you in Houston at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference later this month! Peruse the program, join us in booth #1544 for galley giveaways and at all of the events below!

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us


Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.

Teens Review the Latest from Beth Kephart, Siobhan Vivian, and More


The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group is keeping busy reading and critiquing Beth Kephart’s This Is the Story of You, Danielle Rollins’s latest, and more.

Spring 2016 Graphic Novels for Teens: Swinging into Action


From Neolithic hunters to shape-shifters to a subatomic rescue squad, there’s plenty of excitement in the latest batch of graphic novels. Some have fast-moving action, others high school drama, and all feature gripping stories that will keep teens turning the pages.

Magic, Dastardly Villains, and Less-Than-Perfect Heroes: New YA Fantasy


Tempt fantasy fans with this spectacular sampling of recent genre titles that reflect this enticing smorgasbord of settings and subject matter, feature diverse casts, and treat an alluring array of coming-of-age themes.

YA Tales from Down Under | SLJ Spotlight

Hartnett, Sonya. Golden Boys

From a nuanced look at abuse to a fun read about a teen who communicates with ghosts, these latest works set in Australia are sure to wow U.S. teens.

Chicago Public Library Debuts First ChiTeen Lit Fest in April


Get ready for Chicago’s first-ever literature festival for teens and by teens. The result of a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and Columbia College Chicago, the event will take place April 15 and 16.

The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled


P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits


High school teacher librarian and Tech Tidbits columnist Phil Goerner shares some of the resources he used in a recent class on copyright and fair use.