June 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Margaret at the Movies: Top 10 Films From Books by Edwards Award Winners

These films take inspiration from their source material without necessarily replicating the books to the last detail.

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The Margaret A. Edwards Award and 30 Years of Young Adult Literature

Angela Carstensen takes a look back at three decades of YA—its evolution, groundbreaking titles, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award that honors its authors.

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SLJ’s February 2018 Popular Picks

A playful, pajama-clad addition to the “Bear Family” series; two women fight in a cosmic battle a thousand years apart in “Furyborn”; #1000BlackGirlsBooks creator Marley Dias shares some tips for young success; and much more in this month’s Popular Picks!

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David Levithan Wins 2017 Chicago Tribune YA Prize

The young adult author, editor, and 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner is the recipient of the annual Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize.

Teens Review “The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily,” “Holding Up the Universe,” and More

SLJ‘s teen reviewers cover Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe, and more.

#3 David Levithan (S1 E3)

Travis: Taking another walk down memory lane today as we post all our past episodes here at The Yarn blog. In this episode we talk to Sunny Side Up editor, successful YA author, and recent School Library Journal cover subject David Levithan. We hope you enjoy the episode. Click here to subscribe to The Yarn on […]

David Levithan’s Edwards Award Speech, Free Art Resources, and More | SLJTeen News

This month’s SLJTeen News roundup features David Levithan’s heartfelt Margaret A. Edwards Award acceptance speech, Tim Tingle’s remarks on receiving the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and more


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

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!


SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1806) @ ALA Midwinter 2016!

SPONSORED: Macmillan Library shares which titles and YA authors ALA Midwinter 2016 attendees have to look forward to at the booth.

A Flurry of Fresh Children’s and YA Titles Presented at the AAP Book Buzz

Librarian Robbin Friedman attends and reports back on the recent AAP Book Buzz, highlighting new and upcoming titles for children and teens.

“Our kisses were seismic”: Positive sexual experiences in LGBTQIA+ YA books

Part of the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project has included posts looking at enthusiastic consent, positive and healthy sexual experiences, and on-the-page consensual sex scenes (check out those posts here by Karen Jensen, Christa Desir, and Carrie Mesrobian). While it’s important to look at and discuss rape, consent, abuse, and violence, it’s equally […]

Selznick, Myracle, and Others Appear in Scholastic Fall 2015 Online Preview

For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

The Latest from Kephart, Suma, Levithan, Wein, and More | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

The SLJ March issue is chock-full of YA heavy-hitters. From Nova Ren Suma’s latest magical realism offering to David Levithan’s companion play to Will Grayson, Will Grayson¸ the following titles for teens push genre boundaries, invite reflection, and are brimming with moving narratives.

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Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at BookCon 2015

A year after heavy criticism for only featuring white authors on panels, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings with authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Alexie and Woodson.

YA A to Z: David Levithan

 Why I chose David Levithan: In fall  of 2003, I had just finished graduate school and was working at The Children’s Book Shop in Brookline, Massachusetts (far and away my favorite job ever). I was a big fan of LGBTQ YA books, just as I am now, so whenever a new title would come in, […]

Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied

On April 23, Virginia’s Fauquier County Public Schools held a review and public hearing to consider a parent’s appeal to remove David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing—an LGBTQ-themed book—from the school district’s libraries. The board voted a unanimous decision to keep the title in the school district’s libraries.

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013 Reviewed from ARC Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers. Two Boys Kissing is seriously packing. Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I just read this for the first time last week. […]

Every Day, Pyrite Redux

In early December, Sarah reviewed David Levithan’s Every Day. At the time, Sarah said, “It’s ambitious storytelling; Levithan is balancing a lot of factors (many characters; a story about first love; a story about, well, a body snatcher who has no physical form) and the elements come together gracefully.” She also pointed out some issues […]

every Unwholly day

every day by David Levithan
Published by Knopf, August 2012
Reviewed from a final copy
You know a book’s a big deal when the visiting public librarian gives it a shiny booktalk and then all the students want to do is keep hearing about that book, to the exclusion of all the other books said librarian brought. […]