So this is, as they say, kind of a big deal. In 2017, for the whole darn year, we’ll be celebrating the 50th year of the modern young-adult book, as is commonly defined by the 1967 publishing of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. We’ve got so many things planned I honestly don’t know where start. For the official version (along with download-able logos), read the press release. You can also go here to get a list of what we’re up to.
But who wants to click on pesky links? Over the next year, you’ll see:
- Our Top 50 YA Novels Ever, part of a special YA-focused double issue in June
- Michael Cart columns tracing the evolution of YA literature, one decade at a time
- Once per month, a guest essay from a YA author to blow your freaking mind
- Love letters to YA from librarians and publishers, including a Librarians’ Top 50
- “YA Flashbacks”: fresh look at past Booklist reviews and features
- Best YA Audiobook coverage, including a series of Classic Corners reviews of notable YA novels on audio
- A blow-out panel at ALA Annual
- Lots of stuff we can’t talk about yet or we’ll be killed
All of this is generously sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Penguin Young Readers Group; Random House Children’s Books; Scholastic; Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, and other YA publishers and supporters yet to be announced. And we need YOU to be a part of it, too.
Your hashtag, should you choose to accept it: #50YearsofYA
Your new favorite Twitter account: @BooklistYA
And away we go!