February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

30 Realistic & Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters

A bevy of 2018 YMA winners and forthcoming 2018 middle grade and YA titles to excite readers.

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –This novel centering the girl who would become the wife of Malcolm X and accomplish much on her own after his assassination reminds readers that even legendary figures are real people.

Fish out of water

A lot of young adult literature is about teens in unfamiliar situations and places. Sometimes the differences they experience are socio-economic, sometimes they’re cultural, and sometimes they’re magical. Fish out of water tales are usually easily relatable, regardless of the specificity, because most people can remember how they felt the first time they encountered something that was […]

Outside the Frame | New YA Fiction About Teen Artists

In these recent titles, the world is a canvas for teen artists.

Free Library of Philadelphia Hosts First-Ever Social Justice Symposium for Teens

Inspired by the teens at her library, Erin Hoopes organized a Social Justice Symposium at the Free Library of Philadelphia, with author Renée Watson as a keynote speaker.

Preserving a Brownstone—and the Legacy of Langston Hughes

A children’s and YA author has founded a nonprofit to save a historic home as a haven for future artists and writers.

to save Langston Hughes’s home for future writers and poets

Creating a space for local writers and artists in a historic home