Tagged YA Literature

Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Excited for the new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast ? Me too... kind of? Maybe? I hope it will be amazing? Either way, good or bad, at least we'll always have all kinds of different literary retellings of the Beauty and…

Norse Mythology – Retold Tales for a New Generation

Everyone has always been so hot and bothered for those Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Is it the togas? Is it young Harry Hamlin in that total camp classic Clash of the Titans movie from the 80s? Who knows, but thanks to Neil…

Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s refreshing for me now to read graphic novels in…

Winter Holiday-Themed Short Story Collections

It's winter! It's the holiday season! You know what would be a great idea right now? Escaping into a collection of Young Adult wintery/holiday themed novels while your mom tries to get you to wash the dishes and your weird…

Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... to be a lady who likes comics. One day you get to celebrate the appearance of the first African American woman to own a comic book store on a cover of a major comic and then the…

Social Media Stars Write Books, Don't They?

Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Maybe you love John and Hank Green and their community of Nerdfighters ?  Are you more of a Vine (RIP) enthusiast? Whomever your fave and on whatever platform, there is a really good chance that a…

Looking for Teen Gift Book Ideas? Check Out These Popular Teen Author Titles!

The Field Family Teen Author Series and the Free Library of Philadelphia connects students, teachers, libraries, and authors through a successful series of author visits with teens throughout the city of Philadelphia. Free Library staff…

How Well Do You Know Native American Authors Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich?

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially enjoying works by Sherman Alexie and Louise…

Teen Read Week Is Upon Us!

It’s that time of year again—the beginning of fall when temperatures start to fall and the pumpkin spice must flow. That means it’s almost Teen Read Week —the week of the year with no forced reading for…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

The Unreliable Narrator: Who Can You Trust?

Sometimes you just can't believe the story someone is telling you . Maybe it’s because it seems too fantastical or maybe it’s just because the storyteller is untrustworthy. Maybe they were robbed or maybe they broke into…

Gene Luen Yang named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

On Monday, January 4, the Library of Congress (along with the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader ) announced a new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—Gene Luen Yang, a graphic novelist and…

Our 50 Favorite YA Books of 2015

I've written before about some of my favorite Young Adult titles this year, but I'm not the only librarian who loves reading YA. In October, three of our librarians—Erin H. from Philadelphia City Institute, Abbe K.…

#FLPNoShameNovember: YA? Why Not!

When new acquaintances find out I’m a librarian, our conversations generally go in one of two directions—either people apologize for not reading enough OR they quiz me about the latest “important” book, usually a…

Caldecott, Newbery, Belpre, Oh My!

Last weekend in Chicago, a room full of children's and teen librarians erupted in cheers, gasps, and wild applause for the newest batch of books chosen for the Youth Media Awards, administered by the American Library…

Mobile Summer Reading

Summer Reading is here . For those about to take on the challenge of the School District of Philadelphia’s official lists (or anyone who knows a student who must), we’d like to salute you... with the following links to…

Sync Free YA Audiobooks to Your Earphones

Sync is a new summer reading program, sponsored by Audio File Magazine , that offers two free audiobooks a week from May 15 - Aug 14. The audio titles are chosen specifically for teen readers, and it's a great way to keep the old…

Youth Media Awards have been announced!

This week, one of the most exciting and prestigious events in children’s literature took place right here in Philadelphia. The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards are a highly anticipated event in which the…

Around the Web: The Hunger Games Edition

Let's go "Around the Web" and check out all the excitement over the next film installment in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire ! First and foremost, watch the epic and awe-inspiring trailer…