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Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Need for Inclusive Library Spaces

Thomas Crisp Recommended Book List This list highlights a variety of young adult books with LGBTQ content, characters, and themes published after 2010. Birdsall, Bridget. Double Exposure. Sky Pony, 2014. 304p. $16.95. 978-1-629-14606-5. From the Publisher: “Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was... (Continue reading)

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Securing Black Girls in Young Adult Literature

Books That Make African-American Teen Girls Visible Edith Campbell Blythe, Carolita. Revenge of a Not So Pretty Girl. Delacorte/Penguin, 2013. 336p. $16.99. 978-0-385-74286-3. VOYA June 2013. 3Q 3P M J Elliott, Zetta. The Deep. CreateSpace, 2013. 176p. $10. Trade pb. 978-1-4929-0211-9. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color. Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner, 2015. 192p. $18.99.... (Continue reading)

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A Longitudinal Look at Children’s and Young Adult Books Indexed as Native American

Debbie Reese Ten Favorite Titles of American Indians in Children’s Literature For more recommended titles visit AICL’s Best Books page: http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/p/best-books.html Bruchac, Joseph. Killer of Enemies. Tu, 2013. 400p. $19.95. 978-1-62014-143-4. Post-apocalyptic thriller wherein Lozen (the main character), named after an Apache... (Continue reading)

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Writing While White: Reasoning Out Loud amidst the Noise

Patrick Jones Head Kick (The Dojo). Darby Creek, 2013. 104p. PLB $27.99. 978-1-4677-0632-2. $7.95 Trade pb. 978-1-4677-1489-1. Nong Vang dreams that one day he’ll be an MMA superstar. But being a hero in his real life means struggling through school and protecting... (Continue reading)

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The Latino Connection: Books by, about, or Related to Latinos

Diana Tixier Herald Ada, Alma Flor, and F. Isabel Campoy. Yes! We Are Latinos. Illus. by David Diaz. Charlesbridge, 2016. 96p. $9.95 Trade pb. 978-1-58089-549-1. Alegria, Malin. Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico. Simon Pulse, 2007. 288p. $17.99. 978-0-689-87811-4. de la Peña, Matt. Mexican... (Continue reading)

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Who Publishes Diverse Books?

Rollie Welch The following publishers are discussed in Welch’s article in the June 2016 issue of VOYA magazine. Al Salwa. http://alsalwabooks.com Arte Publico Press. http://artepublicopress.com Brown Girls Books. http://newsite.browngirlspublishing.com China Books. http://www.chinabooks.com Cinco Puntos. http://www.cincopuntos.com East West Discovery Press. http://eastwestdiscovery.com Free Spirit Publishing. http://www.freespirit.com Goosebottom Books. http://goosebottombooks.com Groundwood... (Continue reading)

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Teen Pop Culture Quiz Update #48

Erin Helmrich BEATS 1.    Match the band/singer on the left with their current hit single on the right: a.    Rihanna (feat. Drake)             1. “Dangerous Woman” b.    Lukas Graham                        2. “Work” c.    Twenty One Pilots                    3. “You Should Be Here” d.   ... (Continue reading)

Electronic Eye April 2016

ImagineEasy Scholar   Kathleen Meulen Full disclosure: I adore EasyBib (http://www.easybib.com/). I have been a major proponent of EasyBib use in my schools since the early days when it was just a little startup company founded by two young men... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone April 2016

 The Coming of the Post-Teen “Young Adult” Anthony Bernier I’m finally hoisting the white flag of surrender – to children’s librarians. I think it’s time for YA librarians to concede the Battle of the Manufactured “Tween” to the imperialism of... (Continue reading)

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Tag Team Tech: Wrestling with Teens and Technology April 2016

Tournament of Champions Janice Scurio It can pay to be handy with a controller. For over ten years running, the largest competitive video gaming tournament in the world, EVO (short for the Evolution Championship Series) has brought the best gamers... (Continue reading)

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