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Amanda Gorman

After yesterday’s thankfully uneventful Inaguration Ceremony, there is one person about whom we are all abuzz:

‘Not Broken But Simply Unfinished’: Poet Amanda Gorman Calls For A Better America

How stunning is she? What follows is a roundup of links where you can find more information about this brilliant young poet, who she is, and where she came from.

To begin with, here is her own website where she describes herself as ‘Wordsmith. Change-maker.’

Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman on Her Career-Defining Address and Paying Homage to Maya Angelou

How a 22-year-old L.A. native became Biden’s inauguration poet

Amanda Gorman

Poet Amanda Gorman On Activism And Art In Times Of Darkness

Meet Amanda Gorman, America’s First Youth Poet Laureate

You can follow her on Twitter @theAmandaGordon and don’t forget to preorder who two forthcoming books!

Friday Finds: January 15, 2021

This Week at TLT

Book Review: Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Take 5: Book to Movie News

Book Review: #MeToo and You: Everything You Need To Know About Consent, Boundaries, and More by Halley Bondy

On Overcoming Fears and Becoming Superheroes, a guest post by Christina Li

A High School Student Reviews CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas

Around the Web

“Drivers License” Made History On Spotify By Just Letting Teens Feel Things

Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, researchers say

2021 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Amanda Gorman Selected as President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet

Book Releases: LGBT YA Books of January-June 2021

Friday Finds: January 8, 2021

This Week at TLT

Book Review: Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

Post-It Reviews: Black Canary, hand-crafted dreams, and books set in the 1960s and 1980s

Cindy Crushes Programming: Random Fandom, a Conversation with Linden Galloway, by Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts

Rescuing and Celebrating Black Women’s Voices, an interview with Nikki Grimes

Book Review: Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

Take 5: Five Links of Interest for YA Readers – New YA for 2021

Riley’s Post It Note Reviews: These Vengeful Hearts, Down Comes the Night and Pumpkin

Around the Web

Betsy DeVos urges Congress to reject student loan forgiveness in apparent farewell letter

Don’t shy away from talking to kids about the Capitol riot. They know more than you think.

How To Talk To Kids About The Riots At The U.S. Capitol

Three ways to teach the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Lehigh University Revokes President Trump’s Honorary Degree

The U.S. Capitol Insurrection Does Not Mean We Need More Policing

Friday Finds: January 1, 2021

This Week at TLT

Around the Web

How One Teen Handles Anxiety Disorder Through The Pandemic

Research: Women Are Better Leaders During a Crisis

13 movies based on books coming out in 2021

Food banks sound alarm on child hunger as Covid crisis drags on

Friday Finds: December 25, 2020

This Week at TLT

Around the Web

How to Honor Black Heritage During Kwanzaa

How Much Herd Immunity Is Enough?

How One Teen Handles Anxiety Disorder Through The Pandemic

A ‘Real Easy’ Choice: Biden Introduces Education Pick Miguel Cardona

A UPS Driver Was Moved to Tears by Neighborhood ‘Thank You’

Friday Finds: December 18, 2020

This Week at TLT

2021 Middle Grade Books to Have on Your Radar (part one)

Cindy Crushes Programming: Talking Virtual Teen Trivia with Faith Healy, by Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts

Book Review: This Is How We Fly by Anna Meriano

Take 5: 5 of the Best Books I’ve Read in 2020, Nonfiction Edition

Around the Web

U.S. Schools Are Buying Phone-Hacking Tech That the FBI Uses to Investigate Terrorists

Amazon to Develop Bill Konigsberg’s ‘The Bridge’ as Limited Series

Disney Picks Up Megan Whalen Turner YA Fantasy ‘The Thief’

People Thought Covid-19 Was Relatively Harmless for Younger Adults. They Were Wrong.

Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy

‘Losing A Generation’: Fall College Enrollment Plummets For 1st-Year Students

Friday Finds: December 11, 2020

This Week at TLT

Around the Web

They Will Kill Your Library, Too

The Library That Dolly Built

Virginia Military Institute Removes Statue Of Confederate Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson

Tulsi Gabbard’s Introduced a Bill Targeting Trans Athletes as She’s Set to Leave Congress

Friday Finds: December 4, 2020

This Week at TLT

Around the Web

Jason Reynolds Plays Santa Claus for D.C. Readers and Indies

2020: AICL’s Best Books of 2020


Dolly Parton Likes to Read by the Fire in Her Pajamas

Kwame Alexander Offers New Poems On Race And Hope As ‘Psalms And Balms’ For The Soul

New Report Offers Clearest Picture Yet Of Pandemic Impact On Student Learning

Friday Finds: November 27, 2020

This Week at TLT

Around the Web

The 10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2020

S&S to Launch Two Graphic Novel Lines for Young Readers

‘Cruella’ Prequel Novel ‘Hello Cruel Heart’ Debuting in 2021

Romance novelists raise $400,000 for Georgia Senate races – with help from Stacey Abrams

For Native Peoples, Thanksgiving Isn’t A Celebration. It’s A National Day Of Mourning

Best Young Adult Books 2020 | SLJ Best Books

Holiday Romance Recommendations

Now that one of my absolute all time favorite holiday themed books – Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares has been made into a Netflix series, I can live safe in the knowledge that almost everyone is aware of its appeal. Another favorite of mine, Let it Snow, also received the Netflix treatment in 2019. But that has me thinking, what should be next?

Might I humbly suggest they adapt this?

As a more diverse title, it holds strong appeal. Twelve stories by some of the YA greats of our time, all edited by Stephanie Perkins? Yes, please.

That, however, has me at the end of my expertise on the subject, so I went looking for more. Here is what I found:

From the publisher:

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby. When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available. This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

Sounds promising!

Or maybe this:

From the publisher:

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

And for fans of the TV show Doctor Who, there is always this:

From the publisher:

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy’s department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.

Do you have any favorite holiday romances you’d like to see get the Netflix treatment? Chime in below in the comments.