Tagged YA Literature

Join Our New YA and Adult Multicultural Book Club!

Are you interested in reading new authors? Are you looking for a safe place to discuss literature and culture? Then this book club is for you! The YA / Adult Multicultural Book Club has a focus on authors of color and expanding cultural…

All of the Magic, None of the Hate

Hello library world friends! You have no idea how much we miss you and how much we miss recommending titles for you and your children! On the subject of recommendations, I have a few for kids who want to hear all-new stories of…

Artemis Fowl—from Book to Screen

Today's the day: Artemis Fowl takes the leap from book to screen as Disney+ premiere's the sci-fi-fantasy-world-spy-kid-action-adventure-YA film adaptation! Directed by Kenneth Branagh (yup, that Kenneth Branagh !) and starring…

Queer Comics About Sports!

I never would have pegged myself as someone who wanted to read about "the sports", but there are some sweet and dramatic comics and graphic novels that have changed my mind about that in the past few years. If you too are…

Visions of Black Future Month During Black History Month

I know its Black History Month, and we have a ton of programs  and resources  to share and celebrate, but February always makes me think of the title of N.K. Jemisin’s award-winning collection of stories, How Long…

Consent is Romantic!

Ah those intense feelings of first love and sexual awakening – how heady and confusing and exhilarating! In ye olde school times when I was growing up, any books (or movies or television shows) showing teens in love and having sex…

Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Award’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award , honoring African American authors and illustrators in children’s and young adult literature. Noted by their familiar emblem, the Coretta Scott King Award…

New Star Wars Teen Fiction to Read Before The Rise of Skywalker!

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again – time for a new installment in the Star Wars movie universe! I’ve written before about my Star Wars excitement (that I’m sure you share!): Back in 2015, it was about…

#OneBookWednesday | Indigenous Voices for Young Adults

I’m so thrilled that the One Book, One Philadelphia selection this year is There, There by Tommy Orange. I’m so thrilled that it features Indigenous folks with complicated, modern lives. And I’m so thrilled that…

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they…

Indigenous Reads for Children and Teens

This month, in celebration of Indigenous, Native, Aboriginal, and First Nation peoples, we will follow some notable hashtags, making waves for people seeking relatable content in the pages of a good book. Though not an exhaustive list,…

Bringing Families Together: A Booklist About Adopted Children and Their Families

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a celebrated tradition that began in 1976 . This year, the monthly focus is on the adoption of children who are currently in foster care. The stories below portray multidimensional and…

The Voices of Undocumented Immigrants: Memoirs and Stories of Young People

Who are all these undocumented folks we hear about? What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)? Who are DREAMers ? What does it mean to be an American, to be a citizen? With questions of citizenship in the news lately, I…

Banned Books Week | LGBTQ+ Tween and Children's Edition

Another year, another Banned Books Week ! Each year the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Most Challenged Books  in order to "inform the public about censorship in…

It's All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating Itself Again

History is endlessly fascinating to me; twentieth-century history in particular is full of triumphs and dark chapters. Sometimes it takes some distance to get perspective on events of the day and to notice patterns in…

Young Adult Books Stranger than Stranger Things

This is not a drill friends: Stranger Things  is coming back! I repeat, Stranger Things is coming back just in time for the Independence Day weekend! In the meantime while we all wait, let me suggest some titles to quench your…

Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen: Exploring and Celebrating Gender Roleplay in Young Adult Books!

Welcome to another Pride Month, friends! After this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race , I’m sure we're all ready to keep the amazing times rolling with more exploration of performative gender with some rollicking young adult…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May, among other things, is Mental Health Awareness Month —so this is a great time to discuss and reduce the stigma around mental illness. Millions of people in the United States and around the world cope with depression, anxiety,…

May the 4th Be With You | Star Wars Fiction

This Saturday marks that most intergalactic of wordplay holidays... May the 4th Be With You ! Did you know that " Star Wars Fiction " is a subject heading in our online catalog ? It’s hundreds of pages of items in…

Rah! Rah! Sis Boom Bah!: Let's Hear It for Sports Comics and Manga!

If you had told me a few years ago that I would be fully obsessed with either ice hockey or fencing by way of comics I would have laughed SO HARD. I’m barely into watching baseball or football – and those have snacks readily…