November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

2017 SLJTeen Live! Tackles Social Justice, YA Lit, and Coding

SLJ’s sixth annual virtual conference on all things teen took place on August 9, 2017. The archive and Storify for the free, all-day event is now available.

42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library

SLJ editors have chosen the following 42 works as must-have diverse YA titles for every teen librarian’s collection.

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces.

Reshma Saujani On Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

The CEO of Girls Who Code, and SLJTeen Live! closing keynoter, speaks to SLJ about her latest and upcoming projects.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How To Plan, Market, and Execute a Successful Book Festival for Youth

North Texas Teen Book Festival cofounder Dr. Rose Brock and SLJTeen Live! speaker offers how-to advice on developing a youth-centered event.

Amy Lukavics On Her Latest YA Horror “The Ravenous”

Lukavics spins a tale of sisterhood and cannibalism sure to send chills up readers’ spines.

Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Ibi Zoboi On Literacy and Her Work with Haitian American Teens

Debut author and SLJTeen Live! speaker Ibi Zoboi talks about her writing initiatives for teens in immigrant communities.

Sandhya Menon on Romance and Diaspora in Her “When Dimple Met Rishi”

Sandhya Menon talks about her inspiration, writing process, and her YA debut When Dimple Met Rishi about two first-generation Indian American teens who (just might) be meant for each other.

How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Interview: Renée Watson on YA Novel “Piecing Me Together”

SLJ chats with Renée Watson about her stirring YA novel Piecing Me Together .

All About Escape Rooms

Can you find the missing scientist? Travel back in time to ancient Egypt? Escape room games use problem-solving skills to boost curriculum—and they’re fun. Play one here.

Authors Talk About the Teen Transgender Experience | SummerTeen 2015

Authors Susan Kuklin, Robin Talley, and Alex Gino spoke about transgender representation in books and the importance of making LGBTQ titles visible.

Jason Reynolds on Building Houses and Affirming Young Lives | SummerTeen 2015

The coauthor of “All American Boys” and 2015 SummerTeen keynoter describes how his family, music, and teen years shaped his outlook and ambitions as a writer. Watch a video of Reynolds’s speech.

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”

SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Can You Hear Me Now? The Missing SummerTeen Chris Lynch Interview

The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.