May 28, 2018

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Shelley Diaz

About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

Mark Does YA: The Prolific Critic and Creator Talks About “Anger Is a Gift”

The debut author and creator of the “Mark Does Stuff” universe chats about his road to publication, teen activism, and what he’s working on next.

Catch a Wave with These YA Sports Titles | SLJ Spotlight

Four refreshing new additions to the world of YA sports fiction, with complex female protagonists.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

32 YA Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond

We’ve rounded up some of our recent YA favorites by and about people from the Asian/Pacific Islander diaspora. From a Korean-inspired sci-fi to the conclusion of Jenny Han’s romance trilogy, these works will keep all teens reading the whole month (and beyond).

20 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round

Looking for titles to highlight in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? These 20 works, from recent award winners to debut middle grade outings, cover a diverse array of genres, time periods, and formats.

Rachel Hawkins on Royal Weddings, #SexyHistory, and More

The YA author shares her fascination with royal weddings and history and what inspired her to write her Royals.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kelly Loy Gilbert Talks About Representation, “Picture Us in the Light,” & More

The YALSA Morris finalist shares how her latest YA novel features the kind of Asian American protagonists and community she longed to read about as a teen.

Erin E. Moulton & Melissa Marr On Rape in YA, Nonfiction, & “Things We Haven’t Said”

Librarian, author, and editor Erin E. Moulton and best-selling author Melissa Marr, a contributor to Things We Haven’t Said, chat about the writing process, harmful tropes in media, and more.

Joy McCullough On Reclaiming the Female Body and “Blood Water Paint”

The playwright talks about her YA debut and novel in verse, which centers on the Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Check Out SLJ’s National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

Teen librarian Dawn Abron curates a poetry-themed Pinterest board filled with ideas for programming, displays, and more.

Flights of Fancy: Magical Realism in YA | SLJ Spotlight

Two new young adult titles that blur the boundaries of realism and fantasy.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Emily X.R. Pan On Grief, Mental Health, & Her YA Debut “The Astonishing Color of After”

The debut author talks about the novel’s many iterations, why it’s important to talk about mental health in YA, and what she’s working on next.

Comic About Students’ Rights Released Ahead of “March for Our Lives”

CBLDF and the NCAC are publishing a free, downloadable comic by Kai Texel, just in time for National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24.

Amy Reed & Amber Smith On Trauma, Writing, & Self-Care

The YA authors chat about meeting teen readers, rape culture, and what advice they would give their teen selves.

2018 Notables, American Indian Youth Lit, and More Announced

In addition to the much-celebrated Youth Media Awards, there are other kid lit awards that have been revealed. Here is a roundup of bibliographies, finalists, and lauded titles that have recently received acclaim.

Close Encounters: Leah Thomas Chats About “When Light Left Us”

The Morris Award finalist shares what inspired her latest sci-fi mash-up, the soundtrack that helped her keep writing, and what she’s working on next.

Teens Review True Crime, Memoirs, and More

Our latest batch of reviews by teens include evaluations of a gothic romance, a stirring refugee story, and a heartrending memoir of abuse and redemption.

Was the Cat in the Hat Black? by Philip Nel | SLJ Review

In five essays, children’s lit expert and Seuss scholar Nel (The Annotated Cat) critiques the insidious nature of racism in kids’ books.

A Sneak Peek At What’s New in Spanish-Language Publishing

The Northeast chapter of REFORMA had their second annual Spanish-language Book Buzz on Friday, January 12, with keynotes by authors Emma Otheguy and Ernesto Quiñónez. Here are some highlights.

YA Lit Talk Show; Quick Picks, Amazing Audiobooks Announced | SLJTeen News

Check out our latest roundup of news for librarians who serve teens.

25 Authors for Teens Share Their 2018 Writing Resolutions

SLJ reached out to authors from our 2017 Best Books for Teens list to compile their writing and creative goals for 2018.