April 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Friday Finds: April 20, 2018

This Week at TLT #ReadForChange: Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric and climate change, a guest post by Marie Marquardt YA A to Z: H is for Historical Fiction, a guest post by librarian Amanda Perez Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books YA A to Z: Friends and Troublemakers, a guest […]

#ReadForChange: Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric and climate change, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

Teen Librarian Toolbox is excited to be partnering with Marie Marquardt for her #ReadForChange project. Hop on over to this post to learn more about the initiative. Today, she and Jodi Lynn Anderson join us for a conversation about climate change and Anderson’s new novel, Midnight at the Electric.      We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the […]

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.

YA A to Z: H is for Historical Fiction, a guest post by librarian Amanda Perez

Today in our YA A to Z series, new librarian Amanda Perez joins us to talk about Historical Fiction in YA Lit. Historical Fiction authors go through a great deal of research in order to present their readers with an accurate window into history.  The final product presented to teen readers is often a masterful […]

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Now that I work in an elementary library, I’m reading a lot more titles for younger readers. Rather than review all of them like I usually do, I’m stealing Karen’s Post-it note review idea and sharing the titles with you that way. It’s been super interesting to me to see what the students (grades K-5) […]

YA A to Z: Friends and Troublemakers, a guest post by author Lisa Brown Roberts

Today as part of our ongoing attempt to build an index of topics in YA from A to Z, author Lisa Brown Roberts is joining us to talk about friends and troublemakers. Please share with us your favorite friendships and troublemakers in YA lit in the comments. As much as I enjoy writing YA romance, […]

Book Review: The Gender Identity Workbook for Kids: A Guide to Exploring Who You Are by Kelly Storck, Noah Grigni

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the April 2018  School Library Journal.     The Gender Identity Workbook for […]

MakerSpace: DIY Faux Enamel Pins

All things old are new again, and enamel pins are all the rage. In fact, I picked up some super cool Dumplin ones from Julie Murphy at TLA. And you can buy them at a lot of craft and hot trendy stores. Hot Topic, for example, sells a wide variety of enamel pins.   But […]

Sunday Reflections: The Truly High Cost of Childhood Trauma

I first ran across the research regarding the long term effects of childhood trauma last year, and have commented frequently on how important I think this research is. As someone who works with teens, and even though they don’t like being called children in many ways teens are in fact children, I have felt compelled […]

Friday Finds: April 13, 2018

This Week at TLT Keeping History Alive Through Inspiration L.B. Schulman, author of Stolen Secrets What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2018 The Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and THE FALL OF INNOCENCE BY Jenny Torres Sanchez Good Morning, USA, a guest post by Elizabeth Partridge Book Review: Boots on the Ground: America’s War […]

Keeping History Alive Through Inspiration L.B. Schulman, author of Stolen Secrets

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In its honor, we are proud to share this guest post by author L. B. Schulman. In 1959, the Israel parliament officially chose the date one week after Passover to be dedicated as Holocaust Remembrance Day. That’s today, April 12th. In honor of this important day, I would like to […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2018

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I’m including here have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a […]

The Long Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and THE FALL OF INNOCENCE BY Jenny Torres Sanchez

Earlier this week, Junot Diaz wrote one of the most compelling and heartbreaking looks at the long term effects of childhood trauma in a personal essay for the New Yorker. In it, he discusses being raped at the age of 8 and how that trauma played out over and over again into his adult life […]

Teen Power | Editorial

It has been thrilling to watch the #NeverAgain movement rise. Adults have a special opportunity to stand up with young people.

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

Good Morning, USA, a guest post by Elizabeth Partridge

I’m the last person in the world anyone would expect to write a book about the Vietnam war.  During the late sixties, in high school and college, I was an ardent protestor against the war. The longer it lasted, the more photos and television coverage we saw, the more I despaired at the destruction, suffering, […]

Book Review: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

Publisher’s description America’s war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. The history of […]

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.

Tools for Teen Engagement by Michelle Biwer

Below are a few resources that have helped me improve my electronic communication and expand my reach to teens in my community. Mailchimp Mailchimp is a marketing email platform that is free for up to 2,000 subscribers. I use it to send updates and opportunities to teen volunteers because I have over 150 and Outlook […]

Tools for Teen Engagement by Michelle Biwer

Below are a few resources that have helped me improve my electronic communication and expand my reach to teens in my community. Mailchimp Mailchimp is a marketing email platform that is free for up to 2,000 subscribers. I use it to send updates and opportunities to teen volunteers because I have over 150 and Outlook […]

Sunday Reflections: What if we are our own worst enemies? A reflection on librarianship.

“I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us.” – Platoon When I was a teen, I was obsessed with the movie Platoon, in large part because Charlie Sheen was one of my James Deans. Yes, I know it turns out that he was […]