December 15, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Top Tools for Computer Science Learning, AR/VR, and Game Design

Four tech experts recommend a selection of websites and applications.

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

SLJ’s Reviews of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award Finalists

YALSA has just announced the five finalists for the 2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award, including SLJ Best Book The Hate U Give. Check out our reviews of the finalists.

Amanda’s favorites of 2017

Yes, it’s list time. What follows are 17 of my favorite 2017 books that I reviewed and excerpts of my reviews. I pretty much exclusively read contemporary fiction. Even though I’m a voracious reader, I’m sure I missed a lot of great titles this year. I always enjoy reading the many lists that crop up this time […]

Take 5: Five Things I’ve Made with My Silhouette Cameo and Why I Recommend it for a MakerSpace

I’ve had my personal Silhouette Cameo for about a month now and last week, we ordered one for The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. I’ve only tapped the surface of what I can do with the machine and it has a lot of uses. For example, it can […]

A List of New YA Book Release Links for 2018

December is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about 2018 YA Lit releases. I’ve already submitted my first book order for January 2018 titles. Here for your convenience (and really, for mine) is a list of links to booklists put together online so far for 2018. In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing […]

Friday Finds: December 1, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The TLT Gift Giving Guide The Importance of School Visits, by Kate-Lynn Brown #ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2017 Teen Politic: The True Politics of Being a Teen Services Librarian in Our Public Libraries Call for submissions: […]

Call for submissions: YA A to Z project

Every year, TLT picks a project to work on in addition to our usual book reviews, professional discussions and makerspace and program recaps. Once we decide on our project, we ask you, are brilliant Teen Librarian Toolbox readers, to help us out. These projects began in 2014 with the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project. We […]

Teen Politic: The True Politics of Being a Teen Services Librarian in Our Public Libraries

Teens, as a culture, are pretty maligned and misunderstood. They’re loud, they’re lazy, they’re disrespectful, they’re dangerous – pick your stereotype. They like to travel in rabid packs, that’s my favorite. I believe lots of adults sit around and visualize teens as actual packs of wolves in their minds. Teens get a bad rap. In […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA November and December 2017

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), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles

#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles// The Teen, The Bestie and I met recently to take a look at some upcoming YA Lit releases. This time we looked specifically at January 2018 releases (yes, it’s time to look at 2018 titles already, I know! Where did the year go.) For new readers, […]

The Importance of School Visits, by Kate-Lynn Brown

As a teen librarian, I’ve done three school visits for two different libraries. The first was while I was still in college. I spoke to the sixth graders about volunteering for the Summer Reading Club during their lunch. A middle school cafeteria at lunchtime. I was thrown to the wolves. Even the most seasoned veteran […]

Cynthia Hand On Retelling “A Christmas Carol” for Teens

The YA author of the “Unearthly” series talked to SLJ about what inspired her to revisit the beloved A Christmas Carol and why we all deserve second chances.

Sunday Reflections: The TLT Gift Giving Guide

This is the time of year when people start thinking about buying gifts. In particular, communities will do drives like Toys for Tots and Angel Trees to make sure that needy families in local communities have presents during this holiday season. So today I want to talk with you about donating gifts. As we are […]

YALLFEST Recap by Michelle Biwer

I had the pleasure of attending YALLFest a few weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest is the largest Young Adult literature festival in the US, featuring over 70 Young Adult authors and numerous publishers. I had a blast at this conference for a few reasons: ALL YALLFest events are out in the city of […]

SLJ Chats with National Book Award Finalist Elana K. Arnold

Check out SLJ’s Facebook Live chat with National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold.

SLJ Welcomes New Teen Reviewers

A group of seniors from The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (TYWLS) in Queens, New York, will be sharing their candid thoughts on recently published and upcoming YA books in our monthly Teen Reviews column.

The Next Level: Student-Designed Games

When kids design games, it can strengthen academic concepts—and build new skills.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Publisher’s description The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move […]

Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of School Library Journal.      Here We Are Now […]

7 Dazzling Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Middle Eastern–set epic fantasy to gritty memoir to thought-provoking speculative fiction, these seven unforgettable works from first-time authors are sure to enthrall.