Is anyone else going to ALAN/NCTE? I’ll be there this year, my first conference since! I’ll get my bivalent booster this week, doing what I can to prepare myself. I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the thoughts, movements, and trends relating to young adult literature. I’ll be attending just in time to prepare for… Read More it’s Already Thursday!
Title: When the World Turned Upside DownAuthor: K. IburaDate: Scholastic; 2022Main characters: Shayla, Liam, Ai and Ben Through the lives of Shayla, Liam, Ai, and Ben young readers may begin to make sense of what happened during The Pandemic. These four friends, who live in the same apartment building, are suddenly sent home from school… Read More book review: When the World Turned Upside Down
October is a wide mix of fiction and non-fiction; a year’s worth of reading in a single month! It welcomes back Barbara Binns, Sonia Manzano, Shaun Tan, and Lori Marie Carlson-Hijuelos. Rin Chupeco brings in more horror while Suzanne Park gets us ready for Christmas. Melissa de la Cruz Studio/Disney’s initial release happens this month… Read More October Releases
I’ve been working on a talk for next month and once again pulled out the CCBC diversity stats. This time, I put the numbers into Excel to generate a graph so I could look at changes over the past few years. I wanted to go back far enough to indicate the impact of We Need… Read More Diversity 2014-2021
Title: Boys of the BeastAuthor: Monica ZepedaDate: Tu Books; 2022Main characters: Matt; Ethan; OscarYA Latine/x realistic fiction Monica Zepeda is a Mexican American author and winner of the Tu Books/Lee and Low New Visions Award. She works as a teen services library in Los Angeles County, and she’s also a screenwriter. With her debut novel,… Read More review: Boys of the Beast