Category Archives: Children’s services

Looking for book suggestions: Donor-conceived characters in YA or MG literature

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CMLE members: this is a library person looking for suggestions. She found a few already, posted below; but if you have others, post them to the comments!

“Once a year I ask the collective wisdom if they’ve come across any donor-conceived characters in YA or MG literature in their past year of reading since one person (me) can’t possibly read everything!

I’m wondering if any of you have come across any more. Donor-conceived people are those conceived with sperm, egg, or embryo donation, usually to single mothers by choice, gay parents, or those with fertility struggles in heterosexual families who can’t use their own gametes to conceive. I am interested in how identity as a donor-conceived teen or tween is represented in YA or MG literature.

I curate a list on my YA Books for Door Offspring blog and I am always on the look out for more fiction on this topic.”

You’re Welcome, Universe / Whitney Gardner

The Upside of Unrequited / Beckly Albertalli

The Secret of a Heart Note / Stacey Lee

Swing Sideways / Nanci Turner Steveson

The Other F-Word / Natasha Friend

Saving Montgomery Sole / Mariko Tamaki

Spirit Level / Sarah N. Harvey

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

Book suggestions for Habitat for Humanity Project?

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A library person is looking for book suggestions. A few came in, andI’m adding them below; if you have others to suggest, add them in the comments!

“My library is planning to partner with Habitat for Humanity this summer.  I’d like my family book club to get really involved, so I’m looking for a chapter book for kids (any level above Picture book and under YA is fine).  I’ve racked my brain, Google, and Goodreads to find something pertaining in some way to the importance of a home, house, families who need a second chance, or even building a home – but I haven’t come up with much other than Crenshaw.  Any ideas?  Thanks!”

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Stumper: book about an African Gray Parrot

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CMLE people – I found another library person asking for help identifying a book a patron is seeking. As you guys have collectively been good at finding these books in the past, I’m posting this here for you. If you know it, you can post it to the comments, or send me an email!

“I hope it’s OK to post stumpers to this listserv – if there’s a better place, please let me know!

Patron is trying to track down a children’s book they read to their kids in the ’80s.
The title is [Boy’s Name] Gray, where [Boy’s name] is a two-syllable name and Gray refers to his African Gray Parrot.
It’s ringing zero bells in my head, and searches in Books in Print & Amazon didn’t pull anything up. Thought I’d see if one of you clever people may recall the book or have A Level sleuthing skills and can track it down.
Thanks in advance!”

2017 Teen Read Week

Big news in YALSA this week! The 2017 Teen Read Week site was launched earlier this week with the theme “Unleash Your Story.” Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators should attempt to leverage this theme to encourage teens to write, share and tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library!

YALSA also announced the Teens’ Top Ten nominations today! The stars of the upcoming movie Everything, Everything announced the titles in a video you can see here! Teens across the country can vote on their favorite titles between Aug. 15 and Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated Oct. 8-14. The winners will be announced the week after. You can view an annotated list of nominees here (pdf).

Taylor Crossley

Communications Assistant

Young Adult Library Service Association

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

tcrossley@ala.org

 

Tech Resources for Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry can sometimes be intimidating to students, but there are fun ways to get them involved in appreciating and creating poetry.

This article from School Library Journal is packed with a ton of unique ideas for helping students uncover the delights of poetry. Some of these ideas include:

Plus, the article describes initiatives different libraries are taking to incorporate poetry into student activities. It’s always encouraging to see the cool things that happen in libraries across the country.

Happy Poetry Month!