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Friday Finds: April 20, 2018

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#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 post by author Lisa Brown Roberts

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

MakerSpace: DIY Faux Enamel Pins

Sunday Reflections: The Truly High Cost of Childhood Trauma

Around the Web

Cue Up SYNC for Free Teen Audiobooks

Tracy K. Smith and Jacqueline Woodson Talk Reading, Race and Spreading the Gospel of Literature

The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World

Fake Teen Challenges


Friday Finds: April 6, 2018

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Book Review: How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand

Book Review: Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart

Striking Teachers Deserve Our Support

Collecting Comics: April 2018 with Ally Watkins

Book Review: Antipodes by Michele Bacon

Book Review: Examining Toxic Masculinity in TRADITION by Brendan Kiely

Around the Web

What Are Active-Shooter Drills Doing to Kids?

Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Read Books. Here’s What One Learned.

“I feel mentally numb”: more teachers are working part-time jobs to pay the bills

The hidden crisis on college campuses: Many students don’t have enough to eat



Friday Finds: March 23, 2018

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Book Review: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

Post-it Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Putting the Science Back in Library Science: Collection Development, Diversity Audits, & Understanding Teens – Analyzing Data for Decision Making

Collecting Comics: March 2018 with Ally Watkins

#ReadForChange: American Dreams and Nightmares in Ibi Zoboi’s American Street, a guest post by Marie Marquardt

YA A to Z: Guilt, Shame and Blame – Heroin Overdose Deaths in Teen Fiction, a guest post by Kerry Sutherland

Around the Web

Native American Literary Symposium’s 2018 “Welcome” Includes Statement about Sherman Alexie; Public Backlash to American Indian Library Association’s Decision to Rescind Alexie’s Award

The Big Student Walkout; DeVos On School Safety; The First Amendment On Campus

ACLU: Student suspended for cursing after call to congressman’s office during gun protest

Young Futurists 2018: These Are the Leaders This Country So Desperately Needs



Friday Finds: March 16, 2018

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Book Review: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu

New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Why I DNFed MUNMUN by Jesse Andrews and Won’t Be Recommending It

Book Review: Monsters Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado, a guest review by Callum (age 11)

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2018

Event Recap: NoVa Teen Book Festival by Michelle Biwer

Sunday Reflections: It’s Okay to Sit a Moment in Your Pain

Around the Web

Stoneman Douglas student tells 60 Minutes why arming teachers is “stupid”

National Book Awards Judges Announced

6 YA Books to Read After You’ve Seen Love, Simon

These Photos Show The Strength Of Students As They Protest Gun Violence

National Geographic Editor Admits: ‘Our Coverage Was Racist’

Friday Finds: March 2, 2018

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NCTE’s African-American Read-In by Michelle Biwer

A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) by Sayantani DasGupta

Book Review: One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock

Living on the Brink of Homelessness by Brenda Rufener, author of Where I Live

YA A to Z: Comics 101 with Ally Watkins

YA A to Z: All You Need are Dragons, a guest post by Cindy Shutts

Book Review: Snowsisters by Tom Wilinsky and Jen Sternick

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

A Wrap Up: Doing a Diversity Book Audit, more thoughts

Around the Web

Send 500 Girls to Wrinkle In Time

Author Daniel Handler Cancels Wesleyan Graduation Speech Amid Harassment Allegations

An Open Letter About Sherman Alexie

Stop Reading Books You Don’t Actually Enjoy

Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years

100 Must-Read Young Adult Science Fiction Books

Friday Finds: February 16, 2018

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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 Watkins

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

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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

Around the Web

2018 Amelia Bloomer List

When you make a mistake you have to own it

The Gap Between The Science On Kids And Reading, And How It Is Taught


Winners of 2018 American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award

On the Come Up: Angie Thomas unveils the striking cover for her next book

Friday Finds: February 9, 2016

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Recently In Book Mail

#YAAtoZ: Consent in YA, a guest post by author Sara Baysinger

Book Review: Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman by Box Brown

Book Review: The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

My favorite tools: Slack

Book Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Around the Web

Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Book Industry

Penguin Young Readers Announces Imprint for Diverse Books



Friday Finds: February 2, 2018

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World Languages Collection Development Resources for Teen Librarians by Michelle Biwer

#MHYALit: Small Towns and Mental Illness, a guest post by This is Not a Love Letter author Kim Purcell

Book Review: I Love This Part by Tillie Walden

Book Review: The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

B is for Brothers *and* Sisters; a Take 5 List

Asian American Voices in Young Adult Literature, a #YAAtoZ guest post by Kristyn Dorfman

Book Review: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

The Quest for Good YA Publishing Statistics

Around the Web

ALA to support multicultural literature for youth with enhanced 2019 Youth Media Awards

Kwame Alexander Will Start His Own Imprint.

Cassandra Clare Launches ‘One-Shot’ Publishing Collaborative

What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?

How America Outlawed Adolescence

7 Socially Conscious Books to Read After The Hate U Give


Friday Finds: January 26, 2018

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Sunday Reflections: That Delicate Balance Between Quality Patron Services and Employee Personal Boundaries

A Collection of Tweets on the Discussion of YA Books Set in College/Post High School

Take 5: New YA Booklists You’ll Want to See (January 2018)

New and forthcoming YA and MG to know about

Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

YA A to Z: Boarding Schools, a guest post by Tawny Stokes

Candlewick Showcase and Giveaway

Book Review: Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias

Around the Web

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

133 People Publicly Confronted The Doctor Who Sexually Abused Young Women. Here Are Their Most Powerful Quotes.

Author Jason Reynolds being smart on The Daily Show


Friday Finds: January 19, 2018

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So, You’ve Just Tweeted That Nobody Uses Public Libraries Anymore . . .

YA A to Z: Bullying by Michelle Biwer

Penguin Young Readers Showcase and Giveaway

Book Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

MakerSpace: DIY Metal Stamping (A metal stamping kit review)

Anger, inspiration, and the stories we tell, a guest post by Marieke Nijkamp

Post-It Note Reviews of Elementary and Middle Grade Books

Around the Web

Let’s Talk About Sensitivity Readers

Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness

Brown and Proud: 11 Books from the South Asian Diaspora To Read Right Now

The 50 most anticipated books of 2018

14 Picture Books for Raising Kind Young Citizens

18 of the Most Buzzed-About Middle Grade Books of 2018

Vote to Nominate Finalists for the 2018 Teen Choice Book Award!