February 25, 2018

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Friday Finds: February 23, 2018

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When Adults Fail, the Teens will Save Themselves Things I Never Learned in Library School: Toxic Masculinity and Teaching Boys to Accept No for an Answer, Even in Our Libraries Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt #ReadForChange: Girls Fight Back in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, a guest post by […]

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) […]

Book Review: Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration edited by Rose Brock

Publisher’s description Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, […]

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.

Take 5: Five Reasons You Should Read THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater, seriously right now

I don’t typically read a lot of nonfiction, but I was blown away by The 57 Bus, which I stumbled onto by accident. I’m part of a book club and this Christmas, we played some book exchange game where everyone brought a book and we traded and what not. The 57 Bus was hands down […]

YA A to Z: Classic Hollywood in YA Literature, a guest post by Lisa Clark

Today for the letter C, librarian Lisa Clark is talking about Classic Hollywood in YA Literature. When I was in grade school, my dad showed me the 1950 movie Harvey starring James Stewart. From that moment, I was enamored with Old Hollywood. With a certain charm and innocence to them, these movies are classics for […]

#ReadForChange: Girls Fight Back in Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, 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 Jennifer Mathieu join us for a conversation about feminism, taking action, and Mathieu’s powerful novel, Moxie.    We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to […]

Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Publisher’s description From Marie Marquardt, the author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us, comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans. Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi […]

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Toxic Masculinity and Teaching Boys to Accept No for an Answer, Even in Our Libraries

The first time I ever learned what can happen when you tell a boy no and was afraid, I was a Sophomore in high school. A friend has asked me out and I told him no, I didn’t have those types of feelings for him. Later that night I did go out on a date, […]

SLJ Blogger’s Personal Call for Action after Parkland Shooting

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth shared her personal high school tragedy to move people to action after the Parkland shooting.

Sunday Reflections: When Adults Fail, the Teens will Save Themselves

On February 14th, there was another school shooting. This was the 18th school shooting in 2018 and 17 people were sadly and tragically taken from this mortal coil too soon. But this school shooting, or more precisely what is happening after this school shooting, is different. This time, teens are stepping up to the microphone […]

Friday Finds: February 16, 2018

This Week at TLT Creating an Inclusive Teen Game Night by Michelle Biwer Sexual Harassment in KidLit YA A to Z: Best Frenemies to Lovers in YA, a guest post by author Molly E. Lee Book Review: Still Here by Rowan Blanchard What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA February 2018 Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Publisher’s description Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be “born of mud” and to be “beasts of the devil.” Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them? One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the […]

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Publisher’s description Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion […]

YA A to Z: Top 10 CHARMING Characters in YA, a guest post by author Amber Hart

Here we are in Febrauary, so we’re on the letters C and D for the YA A to Z project. Today, author Amber Hart is sharing some charming characters from YA with us. The 2018 TLT Project: YA A to Z My favorite characters in YA often have the type of personality that leaps off […]

Collecting Comics: February 2018 by Ally Watkins

Happy February! Here are some comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be asking for this month. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Emily Carroll (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, February 6). This is a graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Melinda is […]

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.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA February 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 […]