We hope your new year is off to a great start. You may have noticed we haven’t been doing weekly link roundups—that’s because we’re transitioning to monthly features based on feedback we got in our end of year readers’ survey. We’ll have more updates on how we’re adapting to better serve your needs soon, but for now, enjoy this recap of featured posts on The Hub as well as other resources form around the web to help you better curate library collections for teens.
At the Hub
- Kelly Dickinson’s latest installment in her fantasy column is all about ‘the chosen one’ trope.
- Dawn Abron rounded up a preview of diverse debuts in her Diversity YA series.
- Teen librarians and librarians love libraries and YA lit, so of course they love librarians in YA lit. Jancee Wright rounds up some notable libraries in YA lit — and I’d add a shout out to Death, the librarian in Kristen Cashore’s Bitterblue, as well as my unbridled excitement to meet the librarian in Laini Taylor’s 2016 release, Strange the Dreamer.
- Hub bloggers have so much love for Agent Carter.
- If you’re looking for a display idea for Feburary, consider featuring titles on teen dating violence, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as resources in your community for teens experiencing abuse.
- Miriam Wallen’s nonfiction booklist about space is out of this world.
- Are you participating in The Hub reading challenge? If you’re perusing the list and having trouble deciding where to start, maybe the teen comments from the BFYA teen feedback session will help.
Books & Reading
- You pick great books to discuss with teens (like the ones from YALSA awards and selected lists) but how do you get teens to actually talk about them in book club? Check out this guide to getting the conversations going. You can also read about how Hub bloggers organize their book clubs in this post.
- The press has talked for years about the “darkness” in YA lit, and it’s also creeped down into middle grade fiction. A new column in School Library Journal that focuses on middle grade literature for younger teens, The Upper Deck, discussed heavy topics in MG fiction in its inaugural post.
- Booklist has a fascinating interview with Michael Grant on “research and making stuff up” while working on his new alternate history novel set during WWII, Front Lines.
- We love talking about the YALSA and other ALA awards and selected lists, but there are more awards out there that can be great readers’ advisory and collection development tools, especially in niche genres or for muliticultural books. 5 Minute Librarian did a round up of book awards, including a section on teen literature (though many other awards also have a YA category, too).
- The 5th Wave hits theaters, and if your library is like mine, it has a long holds lists. School Library Journal has a great list of new releases to promote to patrons waiting to check it out.
- Audiobook lovers, this post is for you. Epic Reads has a round up of YA books with celebrity narrators. How did I not realize that Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton the Musical, narrated Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe?
- RA for All reminds us that good readers’ advisory is about knowing a little about a lot.
- On the YALSAblog, our own Hub contributor Diane Colson shares her thoughts on how selected lists can evolve to better serve the needs of librarians.
- If tearjerkers are your thing, this is the booklist for you.
- The ALSC blog has a great list of backlist middle grade mysteries you don’t want to forget about.