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Ready for ALA 2019?

20 July 2018 Friday


The Young Adult Library Services Association is now accepting program proposals for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices.  Be sure to select YALSA as your submission unit when filling […]

book review and a pairing: Amal Unbound

11 July 2018 Wednesday


title: Amal Unbound author: Aisha Saeed date: Nancy Paulsen Books; 2018 main character: Amal Review based on an advanced copy.   Among the 14 facts about Aisha Saeed on her website are the facts that she’s worked as a lawyer and an elementary teacher, she speaks three languages and she’s a fantastic air hockey player. […]

review: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say

10 July 2018 Tuesday


title: Stella Diaz Has Something to Say author: Angela Domiguez date: Roaring Brook Press; 2018 main character: Stella Diaz Middle Grades (review based upon an advanced copy)     Stella Diaz’s family moved from Mexico City to Chicago when she was very young. So young, that she barely remembers her familia still in Mexico. Her […]

July Releases

9 July 2018 Monday


Courage by B. A. Binns (HarperCollins) T’Shawn has worked hard to get his family’s life back on track after his father died. But as things are returning to normal, his world is suddenly turned upside down when his older brother, Lamont, returns from prison. T puts his frustrations into his diving practice — especially when […]

Out Out Damn Monkeys

2 July 2018 Monday

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“Historians of genocide often argue that dehumanization is a necessary precondition for culturally and/or state-sanctioned violence… A growing literature demonstrates that individuals tend to associate out-groups and out-group members with nonhuman animals more than they do members of their in-group… More to the point, research by Goff and colleagues supports the hypothesized link between dehumanization […]

Sunday Morning Reads (late night edition)

1 July 2018 Sunday


During the recent ALA conference in New Orleans, I couldn’t help but wonder what the founders of the American Library Association would think of the organization it founded and how well it achieves what they set out to do. Knowing that two African American women, Michelle Obama and Violet Davis, bookended the event would probably […]

recap: ALSC President’s Panel

29 June 2018 Friday

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I think I’ve been home for three days now and I’m still not recovered from ALA. I’m mulling reflections of the event but, I have to post this recap of the ALSC President’s Panel. For some reason, ALA didn’t record the event. I’ve seen bootleg copies on Twitter  but I’ll be a bit more ethical about […]

IPOC Pride

9 June 2018 Saturday

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June is Pride month which makes it a great time to feature a few recent books written by IPOC authors with LGBT+ characters. King Geordi the Great by Gene Gant (Harmony Ink Press) Growing up means overcoming obstacles: facing reality even when it hurts, being brave enough to stand up for yourself, and being your own man […]

New Releases: June 2018

5 June 2018 Tuesday

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All That I can Fix by Crystal Chan (Simon Pulse) YA In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney–he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of […]