The Greatest Girl Characters of Young Adult Literature This kicks off our new series, Y.A. for Grownups, in which we talk about Y.A. literature—from the now nostalgia-infused stories we devoured as kids to more contemporary tomes being read by young people today. Despite what Joel Stein wants, grownups are reading Y.A. Let's embrace it. Much has been made of Katniss Everdeen as a new generation of girl hero, featuring a compounding of traits ranging from warrior to accidental girl-next-door hero to a new-era survivalist from a revamped frontier myth. Why YA in the Classroom Recently a report on high school students and reading levels came out with an alarming headline: “High Schoolers Reading at 5th Grade-Level.” Covered previously here at The Hub, the report gathered data suggesting that a majority of high school students are reading below grade level. It also asked an important question: what should kids be reading? One answer to this question is using more young adult literature in high school classes to increase interest and reading levels.
Nonfiction Award *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. 23 Books for Your Perfect Young Adult Summer Reading List Wandering into the young adult section of your local bookstore is never something to be embarrassed about — even if you haven't actually been a teen in years. In fact, if you've left high school behind, you don't have to read Beowulf between now and September, which frees up time to check out the YA titles below. And if you're really paranoid about fellow beachgoers judging your teen-title, there's always the anonymity of a cover-less ereader. Although, unless they're reading War and Peace surf-side, they're really in no position to criticize. Award Winners It's not really judging a book by it's cover if you judge it by the impressively shiny seals adorning its cover.
12 Books for People Who Loved Gone Girl — Barnes & Noble Reads I expected to enjoy Gone Girl, but I wasn’t expecting to admire it. Gone Girl‘s premise, frankly, didn’t do much for me. Crazy wife! Cheating husband! Unforeseeable twist! Best Nonfiction Books for Teens SummaryContains true stories of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, accompanied by photo evidence, eyewitness accounts, and interviews. SummaryWith gorgeous full-color spreads, this title covers facts on history, geography, science, and natural history. SummaryStillman guides young women through the complex maze between adolescence and adulthood, directing them to a healthy place where a strong sense of self and direction take center stage. SummaryPresents the stories of five children from five very different and distinct conflicts showing that it is the children who suffer most when countries wage war.
Top 12 Young Adult Books for Reluctant Readers Based on the last school year, I've compiled my list of the best read, most asked for, and favorite books from my class library. All 12 of these titles are young adult fiction, and all of my copies of these books are coming apart at the seams..literally! The list includes books aimed for both guys and girls.
Top Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015 It’s pretty early for me to think about new releases coming out this year since many new books are released in the fall. But I do love sharing what new books I’m waiting for and there are quite a few that are published this summer. I love waiting for new releases and as I have three Chapters gift cards to spend, this will be an excellent opportunity to look at books that I would like to pre-order. 1. The Invasion of the Tearling by Ericka Johansen: Featured as one of my Waiting for Wednesday posts, this sequel is one of my most anticipated summer reads! 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books At long last, the educational spotlight is shining on nonfiction. Under the widely adopted Common Core (CC) Standards for reading informational texts (RI), teachers must integrate more nonfiction than ever into the curriculum. Although some teachers are leaning towards having students read excerpts rather than books, no student is “college and career ready” without having read entire books. Librarians should seize this opportunity to promote outstanding nonfiction that has previously taken a backseat to fiction. Many teachers and students will be surprised at the range of books on fascinating topics, books that are skillfully written and well researched with excellent visual elements. It’s time to dazzle them with our hidden treasures.
Feminist Young Adult Novels That You Must Read One of the best things about having nieces is the chance to buy books for them, be it something like Anne of Green Gables or the collected works of E. Lockhart, who writes with a distinctly feminist viewpoint in the young adult genre. There’s something thrilling about reading books when you’re young and looking for how to be in the world; here are 15 feminist-leaning books that could inspire girls — and grown women — to take over the world. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences, denoted by an asterisk. “The 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list celebrates the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes and heroines, online rebellions, new takes on beloved characters, and so much more.” said Chair Marcus Lowry. “The richness of these titles will engage and delight teen readers for years to come.” * denotes the title was selected as a top ten.