April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Beyond “No Means No”: Resources on Consent

These novels, works of nonfiction, and multimedia offer ways to have conversations on a topic that too often goes unaddressed.

Teens Review Thrillers, “I Am Alfonso Jones,” and More

SLJ’s teen reviewers tackle a suspenseful romance, Tony Medina’s latest graphic novel, and an action-packed true crime tale.

Juan Felipe Herrera’s Latest Is a “Blue-Cheesy” Triumph of Poetry & Storytelling

The former Poet Laureate of the United States reveals deep truths while discussing his latest collection for young people.

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.

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.

Tune in to These 7 YA Lit Podcasts

Kelly Jensen shares some young adult literature–focused podcasts that will not only help up your librarian game, but also entertain and expand your reading world.

8 Teen-Friendly Webcomics Coming to Print This Year

Here’s a sneak peek at some webcomics that will be traditionally published soon, along with others that are worth keeping an eye on.

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.

3 Steps for Introducing Teens to Virtual Reality | ALA Midwinter 2018

Digital Services Librarian Maddie Clybourn offers tips for those curious about using virtual reality with their teen patrons.

The 2018 In the Margins Book Awards Announced

The In the Margins Book Awards has revealed the top picks from books published in 2016 and 2017 that appeal to the reading needs and wants of marginalized teens.

A Beloved YA Classic’s Transition to Graphic Novel Format

Author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator Emily Carroll describe the challenging yet richly rewarding experience of adapting Speak.

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.

Unplugging and Listening with Naomi Shihab Nye

The acclaimed poet’s latest collection is a stunning meditation on place, paying attention, and keeping a “Humanity First” mentality.

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

Two Teen Titles On Gladiators | SLJ Spotlight

Two YA titles that highlight women warriors, including Lesley Livingston’s follow-up to The Valiant.

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

Reynolds, Weatherford Named Winners of 2018 Walter Dean Myers Award

The winners and honorees of the third annual “Walter Award,” given by the We Need Diverse Books organization, have been announced.

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

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