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600 Teens Get Up Close with 2018 National Book Award Finalists

Tweens, Teens, & Zines at the Library

Book Review: The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

Connecting the Ancient to the Future and Far Away to the Near By

New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Escape Wizards: Harry Potter-Themed Escape Rooms

Curriculum, Discussion Guides Help THUG's Important Lessons Not Get Lost on Film

Damaged Families, Resilient Girls

Book Review: This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow

Tweens & Teens Review Girl-Powered Middle Grade & Thrilling YA

WATCH: National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth Acevedo Talks About Representation in YA Lit

Review: "Usagi Yojimbo/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Collection"

Book Review: Pulp by Robin Talley

Blog Roll Call: Diversity in YA Literature, a list of resources to help librarians diversify their shelves

Books Exploring Privilege Are Part of the Diversity Discussion

MERGE Cube and Goggles | SLJ Tech Review


Adulting via Audio: 23 Teen-Friendly Adult Audiobooks

Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

Book Review: This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

X Marks the Spot (In My Heart)

A Graphic Memoir, a Sequel, Debuts, and More | Pondering Printz

Horses, Houdini, & Haunted Theme Parks: 10 Favorite Fall Graphic Novels for Tweens & Teens

Just for Reference: Must-Have Databases for School Research

What to Read Next: Scary Story Edition

Digital Citizenship: New Teaching Strategies

Life’s Library: A new type of book club

#ReadForChange: Women Conquer and Dragons Slay in Elana K. Arnold’s Damsel

Talking to Cyberbullied Kids—and to Bullies

YALSA Reveals Teens' Top 10 Titles of 2018

Latest New and Forthcoming YA and MG To Know

First Look: "The Great Wiz and The Ruckus"

Collecting Comics: Comics Take On Addiction, STEM, Space, and more

Book Review: Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Preview: "Betty and Veronica Friends Forever: Storybook Tales" #1

Review: "Alice: From Dream to Dream"

Watch: Behind the Read Woke Movement

Friday Finds: October 12, 2018

Interview and Preview: "Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess"

Time For Another Installment of Post-It Note Reviews: YA Edition

Nominees Named for 2019 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Discuss Racism, White Privilege, and Censorship

Revealed: 5 Finalists, 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

If You Enjoyed These YA Adaptations, Read These Books

Kwame Alexander and Follett Partner in Literacy Campaign

Book Review: The Collectors by Jacqueline West

Drawn from Life: Graphic Memoirs for Teens

Digital Curation: An Instagram Story

Honoring Activism

Writing Outside Your Own Life (and Not Chickening Out), a guest post by Jacqueline West

Thoughts on Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday Finds: October 5, 2018

Book Review: "Hearts Unbroken" by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Book Review: "Lost Soul, Be at Peace" by Maggie Thrash

YA A to Z: R is for Classic Retellings

SLJ Debuts Column on the Printz Award

The Trouble with Nagini: Accusations of Racism in the New "Fantastic Beasts"

27 Middle Grade and YA Latinx Titles for National Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

Sarah Couri and Karyn Silverman Kick Off Pondering Printz

Training Staff to Work with Transgender Teens

Book Review: "500 Words or Less" by Juleah del Rosario

5 Ways To Remix Your 2018 Teen Read Week

Sunday Reflections: Rough Week to be a Teenage Girl


Florence | Touch and Go

Walk the Jagged Streets of Gentrification with Ibi Zoboi’s "Pride"

Reimagining Our Futures: YA Authors On Feminism, Fairy-Tales, & Fantasy

Collecting Comics: September 2018 edition

Getting Real with Janelle Milanes About “Analee, in Real Life”

Friday Finds: September 14, 2018

Latinx Authors & Illustrators Launch “Las Musas”

Helping Teens Prepare for College? Don’t Forget To Talk About Sexual Violence

20 Nonfiction and Poetry Titles That Celebrate Latinx Heritage

SLJ's Reviews of the 2018 National Book Award Longlisters

Stories of Syrian Refugees: Don Brown’s "The Unwanted" | Interview

Finding Empathy Through Games

Watch: School Librarians Janet Damon and Julia Torres Talk "The Hate U Give" | Banned Books Week 2018

Teens and Social Media Survey Says: It's Complicated

Watch: Banned Books Week 2018, UK Teen Edition

American Opioid Crisis in YA Lit

Nova Ren Suma On Ghosts, Unreliable Narrators, & "A Room Away from the Wolves"

Watch: K.C. Boyd & Matthew Winner Talk Banned Books

Courtney Summers On True Crime, Podcasts, and “Sadie”

YA Literature Too Dark! Why Don’t We Ask the Teens?



Teens who enjoy reading extended fight scenes and want immersion in an extraordinary world will enjoy Kornher-Stace’s second act. A strong choice for speculative fiction shelves.

All the Stars Denied

An intense and enlightening historical fiction title that’s highly recommended for all libraries.

Blanca & Roja

A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.

The Red Ribbon

An additional purchase for most young adult collections.

Girls on the Line

Recommended purchase, especially for YA collections serving older teens or new adults.


A must-have where fantastical thrillers are popular.

The Spy with the Red Balloon

A fast-moving read sure to delight those who enjoy historical fiction. Purchase where the first entry is popular, as well as where there are fans of books set during this period by Markus Zusak and Elizabeth Wein.

The Kaleidoscope Sisters

A unique story for teens who enjoy fantasy and tragedy. Give this to fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Leading Edge of Now

An additional purchase where beach reads with weighty emotional themes and a touch of melodrama are popular.

Ignite the Stars

A strong first book in a sure-to-be successful science fiction series.

Muse of Nightmares

Purchase where Taylor has a loyal following and where the previous title is popular.

Born Scared

Not recommended.


Pair with Eoin Colfer's Illegal to start a dialogue on refugees and immigration.

Apple in the Middle

A strong story with themes that resonate with many adolescents as they try to figure out who they are in life. Highly recommended.

The Opposite of Innocent

A must-have for YA collections.


A slow story about families and the difference between love and obedience. Give to thoughtful readers and purchase for medium YA collections.

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