Links of Note: July 13, 2013

I am so digging the minimalist YA author art over at this Tumblr.

So I forgot to post links of note last week since I was still in ALA recovery mode. Since no one seemed to notice, I guess that being a little less regular isn’t a big deal. That said, this roundup is lengthy and has a lot of good stuff, since I’ve had things piling up for many weeks now.

  • I’ve been asked a few times by people recently if they should be on Tumblr. As someone who is on Tumblr but not super active, my answer is always maybe, maybe not. I use it for personal stuff, as well as professional stuff. I think of it like a journal, as opposed to a more formal blog or tool. But there is a great article at Library Journal about Tumblr and libraries, as well as the tumblarians, well worth reading for anyone considering using Tumblr and wanting to know how to get started. 
  • How have 90s book covers been remade to fit today’s aesthetics? A fun cover post
  • Keeping some cover talking going: Amy Spalding, who wrote The Reece Malcolm List, just did a cover reveal for her December release, Ink is Thicker Than Water. And while I don’t tend to share cover reveals, I’m sharing this one because Amy’s created her covers, and she shares the story of how this one went from concept to cover. The process is really neat and, I think, really unique.
  • What are the best selling books for 2013 so far? And is there a difference between best selling titles in print and in ebook? Publishers Weekly has the scoop
  • Julie wrote a really great post that is worth sharing and revisiting from time to time: making a difference
  • Curious about getting started with YA fiction but want some guidance? Sarah Andersen and Minnich have launched YA 101, an online course that you can take and strengthen your YA skills. These are super current titles, and both ladies teach high school — they’re working with the kids and know what’s getting their interest. This should be really interesting. 
  • I’m Your Neighbor is a really fantastic database that’s being built for Kid Lit that talks about “new arrival” literature — so books about immigration, about adoption, about new cultures merging with older ones. Keep an eye on this. 
  • Plugged this last month but plugging again: the Disability in Kidlit project, running all July long, is amazing, invaluable, and so, so worth reading. I know it has opened my eyes.
  • I’m positive by now everyone’s head that Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak was again challenged, this time on the grounds that it is “child porn.” I am not linking to that story. Instead, I am going to link to Leila’s impassioned post about this
Over at Book Riot, I’ve had three posts in the last couple of weeks I’m going to link up here — a roundup of literary-inspired Google Doodles, what I believe are the Five Things You Need to Know about YA, and your ultimate guide to summer YA reading.  Now I am not remembering if I linked up to my post on YA-inspired manicures, so here’s that one, too! 
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