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Friday Finds: March 29, 2019

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Post-It Note Reviews: Books for younger readers featuring a psychic, an alien cat, scientists, a girl with ADHD, a homeschooled girl, and campers

Cindy Crushes Programming: The Road to Wrestlemania

New books alert: A fantasy set in Seoul, an anthology featuring interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships, romance via virtual reality, and more

Idea Alert! A Customizable Spinning Wheel for Events & Giveaways

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews: On the Come Up and The Devouring Gray

Sunday Reflections: Let’s Update Those YA Lit Articles with Current Titles, and more suggestions for how we talk about YA lit in the media

Around the Web

30 of the Best YA Books of April

Gen Z: In Their Own Words

Proposed DOE Budget Cuts Go Far Beyond Special Olympics

Comics Belong in the Classroom

Sharing the Heart to Offset the Hate in the Headlines: Books From Muslim Authors

Young adult author Jason Reynolds

Friday Finds: March 22, 2019

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Monsters united can never be defeated: sentimental queer horror YA, a guest post by Hal Schrieve

Beyond the Collection Diversity Audit: Inclusion is More Than a Book, Why we should be auditing all of our library services for inclusion and best practices

Book Review: Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Feminist AF: What Makes a YA Book a Feminist YA Book?

A Love Letter to Muslim Authors, a guest post by Lisa Krok

Sunday Reflections: The Okay Sign, a Game of Gotcha, and a Symbol of Hate, Why It’s Important to Stay Informed

Around the Web

7 Black Women Authors Crushing the Young Adult Novel Scene in 2019

12 Jewish YA Books You’ll Want to Read in 2019

Funding an Author Visit—There’s Money Available!

CCBC Releases Annual Statistics for Multicultural Children’s Books

Internment Author Samira Ahmed Shares 6 Muslim YA Contemporary Authors You Should Have On Your Radar

Friday Finds: March 15, 2019

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What’s new in LGBTQIA+ YA March 2019

Cindy Crushes Programming: Hosting a Riverdale Fan Party

The Where of it All: Place and Story, a guest post by Kathi Appelt

Book Review: Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Elliot Talks: About Teens, Rules and Discipline, a teen perspective

Sunday Reflections: We Need to Talk About the Way We Talk About Library Patrons

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Trump Renews Bid to End Federal Library Funding

Why The College Admissions Scandal Hurts Students With Disabilities

22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

Greta Thunberg, 16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize


Friday Finds: March 1, 2019

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Writing with a Trigger Warning, a guest post by Victoria Lee

Cindy Crushes Programming: Riverdale Escape Room

Book Review: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

A Secret Corner, a guest post by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Book Review: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

Feminist AF: Feminist YA That Does Not Disappoint a guest post by Mary Ellis

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She Spent 20 Years Teaching Teens About Sexual Assault. Now She’s Sharing Her Own Story

Angie Thomas on The Daily Show

20 Facts About Teenagers We Know For Sure

Why White School Districts Have So Much More Money


Friday Finds: February 22, 2019

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Written Across My Skin, a guest post by Lizzy Mason

Book Review: The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

A Tale of Three Printers, portable photo printers that is (Tech Review)

Post-it Note Reviews of YA Books: Undocumented teen voices, the supernatural, writing advice, a searing memoir, and Joan of Arc’s life told through poems

Book Review: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Book Review: Quarantine, A Love Story by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc

Hip Hop is Happening in YA Lit, a guest post by Lisa Krok

Feminist AF: Girls Run the World, a guest post by Jennifer Rummel

Around the Web

“We’re All Unlikeable Heroines Now:” An Interview with Rachel Hawkins

Oakland, Los Angeles And More To Come: Why Teachers Keep Going On Strike

Y.A. Thrillers That Put Teenagers to the Test

Arkansas legislator proposes cutting lunch funding from schools that struggle to improve reading skills

‘Dope’ Director Rick Famuyiwa Tackling YA Fantasy ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

A History of the American Public Library

Friday Finds: February 8, 2019

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What’s new in LGBTQIA+ YA February 2019

DIY Neon Signs

How Fairytales Help Us Navigate the World, a guest post by author Maureen McQuerry

The Life Saving Slogan: You are Not Alone, a guest post by Shelley Sackier

Book Review: LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel Madrone

More Than an Identity, by teen contributor Elliot

Sunday Reflections: Raising Daughters & the Fight for Full Bodily Autonomy

Around the Web

Ohio city to stop observing Columbus Day, make Election Day holiday instead

Anne Ursu returns to themes of fantasy and female empowerment in her new novel, The Lost Girl

First The Sun Is Also a Star Trailer

Denver Teacher Negotiations At An Impasse


Friday Finds: February 1, 2019

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Shout! Laurie Halse Anderson Continues to be the Voice We Need Shouting in the World About Sexual Violence in the Life of Teens

Cindy Crushes Programming: Harry Potter Inspired Dragon Eggs

New books alert: YA, middle grade, memoirs, and more!

Kicky’s Post It Note Reviews: Royals, Twisted Fairy Tales, a Rabbit, a Robot, and Pure Evil

Around the Web

Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity

BuzzFeed’s Unpaid 19-Year-Old Quiz Genius on Her Tricks, the Layoffs, and Jonah Peretti

ALAMW: What Happened, and What Should Happen Next

Homeland Security Created A Fake University In Michigan As Part Of Immigration Sting

Friday Finds: January 25, 2019

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Penguin Random House 2019 Showcase: Books featuring coders, witches, royalty, refugees, and circus folk

Feminist AF Fashions and the YA Characters That Rock Them

Honoring the Heart of History, a guest post by author Roshani Chokshi

Do You Know: Reflection Press & Children’s Books as a Radical Act, a Diversity Audit Resource

Book Review: Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Black Children Don’t Have Nick Sandmann’s Rights

Teachers Vote Yes On Deal To End Los Angeles Strike


Friday Finds: January 18, 2019

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Thoughts on Collection Development

Cindy Crushes Programming: DIY Silhouette Mugs

Book Review: The Whispers by Greg Howard

Helping Patrons Find What They’re Looking for On Our Shelves

Sunday Reflections: My Wild and Weird YA Librarian Resume

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Forget Screen Time Rules — Lean In To Parenting Your Wired Child, Author Says

2019 Walter Awards

Vaping has created teen nicotine addicts with few treatment options

Under Rainy Skies, Los Angeles Teachers Take To The Picket Lines



Friday Finds: January 11, 2019

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Book Review: Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII by Mary Cronk Farrell

How History (and Librarians) Inspire Freedom of the Press, a guest post by Mary Cronk Farrell

DIY Book Trading Cards

Book Review: Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

WRITING YOUR OWN STORY (SORT OF), a guest post by Greg Howard

Book Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Book Review: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, a teen perspective

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Parkland Shooting Panel Report Calls For Arming Teachers, Chronicles Slew Of Blunders

2019 Video Game Release Schedule

12 of Our Most Anticipated Historical YA Fiction of 2019

Send Girls to See Captain Marvel