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Friday Finds: October 19, 2018

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New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Collecting Comics: Comics take on addiction, STEM, space and more in October, by Ally Watkins

Book Review: Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Circulation Statistics are an Imperfect Measure of Who We are and What Libraries Do

Sunday Reflections: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

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YALSA Reveals Teens’ Top 10 Titles of 2018

It’s better to be born rich than gifted

The Lingering Effects of Youth Experiencing Disconnection

Katniss Everdeen Is My Hero

‘You Are Still Black’: Charlottesville’s Racial Divide Hinders Students




Friday Finds: October 12, 2018

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Wrestling with some truths in the movie “The Hate U Give”

Writing Outside Your Own Life (and Not Chickening Out), a guest post by Jacqueline West

Book Review: The Collectors by Jacqueline West

“All American Boys” Authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Discuss Racism, White Privilege, and Censorship in Today’s Civic Landscape, a guest post by Lisa Krok

Post-it Note Reviews of Recent YA Releases

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What are we teaching boys when we discourage them from reading books about girls?

Migrant children may be adopted after parents are deported

Legal holes allow migrant kids’ adoption in US

Creating an Inclusive Library




Friday Finds: October 5, 2018

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Operation BB Blasts Off!

Book Review: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

YA A to Z: R is for Classic Retellings, a list curated by Natalie Korsavidis

What to know about writing twins: a guest post by Ashley and Leslie Saunders

1100 words, a guest post by Claire Rudolf Murphy

Book Review: Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Can You Copyright a Dance Move? A discussion of Fortnite

#SVYALit: Laurie Halse Anderson and Eric Devine talk about teaching Speak on NPR

Sunday Reflections: On Male Rage

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Yay for Kelly Link!

Carnegie medal promises immediate action over lack of diversity

American Girl: A Story of Immigration, Fear and Fortitude

The Teens Who Rack Up Thousands of Followers by Posting the Same Photo Every Day

Poetry and Graphic Novels to Read After The Hate U Give

15 New YA Books To Know In October 2018




Friday Finds: September 28, 2018

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Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Book Review: Dig by A. S. King, an important reflection on white privilege in YA literature

Book Review: 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Training Staff to Work with Transgender Teens

Sunday Reflections: It Was a Rough Week to be a Teenage Girl

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Substantial racial stereotyping toward young children of color found among white adults who work with them

What About the Girls?

Meet Four Women of Color Who Are Revolutionizing Books for Young Readers

Assistant principal at Tennessee high school on leave after saying girls “ruin everything”



Friday Finds: September 14, 2018

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Book Review: The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown

Helping Teens Prepare for College? Don’t Forget to Talk About Sexual Violence

Book Review: Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

MakerSpace: Instax Mini Fun

Sunday Reflections: The Fight for Our Children is Exhausting, but Important

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Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America

‘Watch Us Rise’ By Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan Is About Two Teens Who Start A Women’s Rights Club At Their High School — Start Reading Now!

Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature


Friday Finds: September 7, 2018

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Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

The American Opioid Crisis in YA Literature

Rah! Rah! Rah! Sis boom bah! School Is in Session, and It’s Time to Get Fired Up about Reading and Writing, a guest post by McCall Hoyle

Sunday Reflections: YA Literature Too Dark! Why Don’t We Ask the Teens?

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Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance

YouTube’s Green Brothers Forge Podcast Partnership With WNYC Studios

Fall 2018 movies, TV, and book release dates that need to be on your calendar


Friday Finds: August 24, 2018

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Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

How Much YA Gets Published Each Year? Discussing YA Collection Development Challenges

Post-it Note Reviews of Recent YA Releases

Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

We Need to Talk About LGBTQ Book Displays

Sunday Reflections: Classroom Libraries are a Stark Reminder that Not All Schools are Created Equal

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Playtime May Bolster Kids’ Mental Health But as parents and schools emphasize academics, it’s dwindling.

Jason Reynolds and Independent Bookstores to Distribute 20,000 Books to Children in Underserved Communities This Holiday Season

12 Books to Keep You Swooning After Watching To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

High Child Poverty Is A Deliberate Policy Choice The current food stamp debate is a good example of how the federal budget disadvantages children.

A Third of Teenagers Don’t Read Books for Pleasure Anymore


Friday Finds: August 17, 2018

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Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?

Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says

Do children have a right to literacy? Attorneys are testing that question.

3D-printed guns lead Broward libraries to suspend printers’ use

Disabled LGBT+ young people face a battle just to be taken seriously

LGBTQ displays not allowed at any Washington County libraries


Friday Finds: August 10, 2018

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Book Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Listening to Old Ghosts : The Haunting Influence of Our Town and Spoon River Anthology, a guest post by author Mary Amato

Talking with Nancy Evans, Creator of the Strong Girls Program, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

Rethinking Book Displays – Again

YA A to Z: Peace and Quiet – Recharging Your Battery After Summer Reading, a guest post by librarian Lisa Krok

Sunday Reflections: Sometimes, If You’re Lucky, You Find More Than Books at the Library

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Tiny Pretty Things breakout Sona Charaipotra previews solo debut Symptoms of a Heartbreak

A Patron Wants to Print a Gun: Now What?


Friday Finds: August 3, 2018

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Book Review: DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test by Hamish Steele

Things I Never Learned in Library School: Public Libraries, 3D Printers, and Guns – oh my

What a strange time to be a woman, a guest post by Bree Barton

Book Review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

YA A to Z: P is for Penultimate, how a competitive writing competition inspired a YA novel

Sunday Reflections: The Reality and the Myth of Just Get a Job and Its Impact on Kids

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‘Catwoman: Soulstealer’ By Sarah J. Maas & 11 New YA Novels Coming Out In August 2018

Representation: Raising the Bar

5 Sweet Queer Love Stories to Devour This Summer

Can You Print A Gun At Your Local Library? It’s Not Likely

Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

John Green wants you to read tiny books – The Washington Post

Check out the Penguin Teen 2019 YA Book Preview

From multiple Muslim sci-fis to Jewish and Asian fantasies to romantic comedy between two boys of color these are the most anticipated books from now until December! via Barnes and Noble

Sitka Public Library is providing some amazing services:

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And here’s another look at August releases thanks to Pop Goes the Reader