|This display for YA road trip books is so awesome. Go read Molly Wetta’s post about putting it together in her teen department and be inspired to do something similar with your own space.|
This might be one of my favorite collections of interesting links in a long time. It’s shorter than usual, but there is a lot to take in, so let’s go for it. And if there’s something I’ve missed in the last couple of weeks, let me know in the comments.
- Kicking off next month is this awesome project by Kody Keplinger and Corrine Duyvis called Disability in YA. I will be watching this like crazy because I am eager to see what they’re talking about when it comes to disabilities and representation in YA lit. Such an important and under discussed topic. I think this will be a mega resource for anyone who works with teens.
- Someone asked me a few months ago if there was a “So you want to read middle grade?” series that was similar to the “So you want to read YA?” series we run here. Enter Sarah at Green Bean Teen Queen, who is kicking off a middle grade series for those who want to start reading more of it.
- Here’s an ambitious project that I have been waiting for: Recaptains. Remember when you read book one in a series a long time ago and forgot what happened at the end but you still want to read book two? Here’s where they spoil the books for you so you can carry on with the series and not need to reread the book.
- A fun post on YA books (and some non-YA books) that celebrate comics and superheroes.
- So One Teen Story has been on my radar for a while, and after reading this Washington Post story about the magazine/journal and the direction it wants to go, I’m even more interested now. I’m curious if anyone gets this for their teens at their library or plan to get it for their classroom? It’s one I’m seriously considering because it looks really neat and I have an idea who the exact readership would be.
- This was interesting to me — what happens to debut novelists three years after their first book?
- Why not make card catalog art? One Greenfield, Massachusetts librarian did just that.
- June is pride month, and even though we haven’t done anything here, I’ve collected a couple of really worthwhile reads on the topic. First, Anna has a great post over at gay ya about getting queer YA out there (including how to be a good reader AND how to be a great librarian who knows where to find and how to promote these books) and Rebecca has a guest post over at Housequeer about queer YA fiction and MORE queer YA fiction.
- Are you a YALSA member? Here are the board docs and agenda for their meetings coming up at annual next week. I find reading these fascinating and worth the time.
- This is fun! Here’s a site with vintage paperback cover images. You can see cover twins! The evolution of covers! And more! Do you like all the exclamation marks? I love this project because covers.
- Linda over at NPR’s Monkey See wrote a really interesting and sad post about how there are no films out there right now which feature women. I have to say more broadly, there’s been nothing of interest to me at the theater in months. I’m picky with movie watching, but there’s usually at least something which I want to see. But this year? I’ve seen nothing and have put nothing on my must-see list.
- I know I am not the only one excited about the Lizzie Skurnick books that will be coming out. Here’s what’s on deck so far.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).