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Friday Finds: April 21, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Empty Bellies, Starving Hearts – What happens when teens see compassion die

App Review: Enlight

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA April 2017

#SJYALit: Rape Culture–Twenty-five years ago and today, a guest post by Clara Kensie

Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders

You Don’t Have to Use the Internet & Other Absurd Things Politicians Say in 2017

#SJYALit: Good Girls Don’t Wear That! a guest post by Kim Baccellia

#SJYALit: Breaking Taboos, Telling Secrets, a conversation between Isabel Quintero and Elana K. Arnold

Around the Web

How I Feel As a Native Woman When Trump Idolizes Andrew Jackson

In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They ‘Lunch Shame’

A teen girl flawlessly took a Republican senator to task and defended Planned Parenthood in epic town hall exchange


Friday Finds: April 14, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: That’s Me in the Corner . . .

Middle School Monday: Book Review and Giveaway, The Speed of Life by Carol Weston

For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan

#SJYALit: How to be Female, a conversation between Mindy McGinnis and Amber J. Keyser

MakerSpace Madness: Out of the 1, Many – Transforming Art in Multiple Ways

Spotlight on Salaam Reads

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Help with understanding the United incident

Desertification by Donalyn Miller

Lawmaker’s Childhood Experience Drives New Mexico’s ‘Lunch Shaming’ Ban

Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

A library’s purpose in the internet age

Why Do Conversations About Pop Music Still Bash the Fangirl?

5 reasons to love Beverly Cleary for her 101st birthday

Meet The Teen Sexual Assault Survivors Who Took On Their School District And Won

Friday Finds: April 7, 2017

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Guest Post: Five Things I’ve Learned from Being an Advice Columnist by Carol Weston

MakerSpace Madness: Mod-A-Tee @ Your Library – Fun with T-Shirts

#SJYALit: From Aberrant Girl to Nasty Woman, a conversation between Elana K. Arnold and Amber J. Keyser

Book Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

The Power of Humor in YA, a guest post by Jeff Strand

Video Games Weekly: Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild

Life-enhancing things that matter to young Muslim women, a guest post by Khadija

Book Review: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

MakerSpace: Low Tech, Low Cost “Screenprinting”

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How Teachers Help Students Who’ve Survived Trauma

Kansas High School Student Explains What Led To Ousting Of New Principal

Fighting Hate In Schools

New Data Powers Progress for Teens, Also Creates Problems

Read an excerpt from Kristin Cashore’s 5-genre novel, Jane, Unlimited

This YA Author Is Shutting Down Slut-Shaming Trolls Everywhere


Friday Finds: March 31, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: A Sea of Black Belts and the Myth of the Lazy Teen

TPiB: Escape Room The Game, a review

Middle School Monday: Jumpstart Creative Writing with Storybird Poetry

Book Review: Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian

SJYALit: Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

SJYALit: More Social Justice Reading in Schools, a guest post by Alex B.

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A High School’s Lesson For Helping English Language Learners Get To College

30 Young Adult Books for Activists-in-Training

In case you haven’t heard…

Without school librarians, we’re on a dystopian path

Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

There’s Someone Inside Your House: How the creepy cover was designed


Friday Finds: March 24, 2017

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Support Libraries, Save the IMLS

Quick Book Review: The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend

Recently in Book Mail

Middle School Monday: I Wish Donald Trump Knew That… by J.

Getting Ready for May the Fourth: Some Star Wars STEAM Ideas

Things I Never Learned in Library School: The Best Made Plans . . . Still Sometimes Fail

#SJYALit: If You Don’t Get It, You Won’t Get It Right, a guest post by Shaun David Hutchinson

Book Review: Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank

Teen Book Club – Creating a Place to Read and Belong! (a guest post by Sheri Schubbe)

Book Review: Pyromantic by Lish McBride

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Black and Latina Girls Keep Disappearing in Washington, DC

The Next Caldecott?

Social Media Provides Interesting Insights Into Mumps Outbreak


You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

The White House Said After-School Programs Don’t Help Kids. Here’s What the Research Says

What Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand About Libraries


Friday Finds: March 17, 2017

This Week at TLT

fridayfindsSunday Reflections: Who Gets to Decide What it Means to be “Real”?

The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel

Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence

Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Video Games Weekly Disney Emoji Blitz

MakerSpace: April National Poetry Month Activities

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2017

Book Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Around the Web

Try This One Trick To Improve Student Outcomes

Institute of Museum and Library Services Issues Statement on the President’s Proposed FY 18 Budget

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

What educators know about teaching young children — but policymakers ignore

Statement from CPB on the President’s Budget Proposal Eliminating Funding for Public Media

11-Year-Old Starts Club For Young Black Boys To See Themselves In Books


Friday Finds: March 3, 2017


This Week at TLT

Sunday Reflections: There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

#SJYALit May 4, 1970: The Day the Vietnam War Came Home, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle

DVD Review: Political Animals + Giveaway

#SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel

Book Review: Leaving Kent State by Sabrina Fedel

The Display Must Go On: How We Developed a Display Playbook to Help Guide the Display Process

#SJYALit: LGBTQ+ YA lit in the 90s/00s versus now, a guest post by Alex B.

#MHYALit: Better Is Not a Place, a guest post by Sam J. Miller

MakerSpace: Postcard Party

Around the Web

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?

25 Books For Teens By Black Women Writers

Before I Fall doesn’t understand the teens it’s preaching to

Friday Finds: February 24, 2017

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Middle School Monday: Short Stories + Book Covers = Creativity

Book Review: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas + Giveaway

Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

#SJYALIt: Socio-Economic Diversity in YA Lit

Book Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

“Not for Everyone”: The continuing marginalization of LGBTQ literature for kids, a guest post by M.G. Hennessey

#ProtectTransKids: A Reading List

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This week we remember the anniversary of Executive Order 9066

7 Young Adult Books For Fandom Lovers Being Released In 2017

World’s largest library, Library of Congress, trying to bring in a new generation of readers

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

OutFront: Former Mormon Opens Center for LGBTQ Teens, Families

Brain scans could predict teens’ problem drug use before it starts

On the Knife’s Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Friday Finds: February 10, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Dear World, Here’s What We Want You to Know about Teen Girls

Middle School Monday: It’s All About the Memes

#SJYALit Reading Lists: Disability in YA Lit, a guest post by Natalie Korsavidis

Book Review: At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Love and Justice: What I’ve learned from those seeking refuge in the U.S., a guest post by author Marie Marquardt

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” A Take 5 List, plus 1

Book Review: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Book Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Reaction To DeVos Vote Is Swift, And Divided

The power of story

16 Young Adult Novels To Read In 2017, According To YA Authors

Author Libba Bray nails it

Librarians react to the DeVos confirmation


Friday Finds: January 20, 2017

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Sunday Reflections: Greater words than ours

Middle School Monday: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Book Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

#SJYALit: How does real life and research fit with LGBT young adult lit? A guest post by Alex B

Video Games Weekly: Why You Should Buy a WiiU for Teen Game Nights Soon!

Talking ALL AMERICAN BOYS with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for the Social Justice in YA Lit (#SJYALit) Project

Recently in book mail

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A Diverse Reading List for Betsy DeVos

President Obama on What Books Mean to Him

Take a peek at the Children’s Book Week poster

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s CCBC Choices 2017

Can schools make the American Dream real for poor kids?