Tag: young adult

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Transgender Pride, Literally: 11 Titles by #OwnVoices Authors and More

Happy final Friday of Pride Month. Wow . . . that went by quickly! I have 25 (no lie!) more books on, under, next to, and all around my desk that I will not be covering here, which is actually a good thing, because that’s proof that twenty-first-century titles by and about the transgender and […]

Big Girl, You Are Beautiful: Six Post-Dumplin’ Reads

Big Girl, You Are Beautiful: Six Post-Dumplin’ Reads

Willowdean, the protagonist of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin‘ (2015), never set out to be the “Joan of Arc of fat girls.” Yet three years after Dumplin‘s release, Willowdean remains the poster child for fat positivity in YA, with readers of all ages ready to ride under her banner of self-acceptance and fabulousness. The novel’s film adaptation, starring Danielle Macdonald and […]

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Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Seductive Sea Creatures: Follow the Siren Song of These YA Debuts

Three curses. A collection of hearts buried under the ocean floor. Mermaids born of human tragedy. A coastal town’s worst nightmare that rolls in with the mist. These 2018 YA debuts center on the sea creatures sailors feared—seductive and strong, and out to lure you to the bottom of the ocean. Follow the siren song […]

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Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth
By August 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Time Traveling Audiobooks for Youth

Time travel, time paradoxes, time shells, time hollows—are they fantasy? Reality? The following titles are billed as fiction, but they’re also a look into endless possibilities. Last week, we brought you audiobooks about time travel for adults, but it’s time (sorry) younger readers got their due. Go ahead—or back.   47, by Walter Mosley, read […]

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Waterproof YA: 10 Swimming-Themed Novels

Waterproof YA: 10 Swimming-Themed Novels

With summer in full swing, teens deserve lit that’s as cool and refreshing as a jump in the deep end. The following titles all feature a strong swimming motif, and are perfect for young readers trying to beat the heat—or those hiding in the cold, wishing for its return.   Aquamarine, by Alice Hoffman This […]

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The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults

The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults

Editor’s note: Families are being separated at the border. Children are being held in concrete cages. Young readers who find themselves in better circumstances can learn about the refugee experience through this broad compendium of books, originally published as a two-part list in August of 2017.  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for […]

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Cover Trend: Teen Paper Dolls

Cover Trend: Teen Paper Dolls

Cindy: Unlike Lynn and me, few teens today probably grew up playing with paper dolls, but that hasn’t kept them from gracing teen book covers in recent years. Mary Hogan may have started this cover trend in 2006 with the first of her Susanna paper doll covers, Susanna Sees Stars. Then the memoir, Popular: Vintage Wisdom […]

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Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Since I recently shared some utterly satisfying single-volume graphic titles for adults, I figured I should point out a few outstanding titles for middle-grade and YA readers, as well. That said, so-called grown-ups will surely find many of these titles just as satisfying. Equal literary opportunities for all! Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol Caldecott Honor […]

Top YA Authors Reveal Favorite YA Novels
By December 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Top YA Authors Reveal Favorite YA Novels

Over the last year, one of the ways in which Booklist has celebrated #50YearsofYA was by publishing essays from YA luminaries about their love of young adult fiction. As part of the piece, each shared their top YA titles. Their choices are as follows; we’ve linked the author’s name back to their essay and, when possible, […]

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers
By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Margarita Engle’s Cuba for Young Readers

President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 order to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba began the restoration of diplomacy after more than half a century of hostile restrictions. His 72-hour visit to Havana in March 2016—the first made by a sitting president since Coolidge in 1928—opened and encouraged travel in both directions. The thaw, […]