Lately I've been reading some fascinating blogs and threads about diversity, and how to embrace and respect diverse voices as librarians (here's one, which has an incredible bunch of comments). In the midst of this, I came across a reference to a relatively new, beautiful, and important blog called Disability in Kidlit. It features discussions, reviews, and interviews about middle grade and young adult literature, all from a disability perspective. I have read several of the reviews, and find the perspective of a person with a disability in evaluating a book that includes elements of the disability experience is really interesting.
So much to think about and learn!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Every year through YALSA (Young Adult Library Service Association), teens have the chance to vote for the Teens' Top Ten from a list of 40 nominees. The nominees are announced during National Library Week (in April), and then teens are encouraged to read as many as possible and vote for their favorites during Teen Read Week (in October) when the top ten winners are announced.
We are setting up a website and badging system that will encourage teens from the area (including those using public, school, and academic libraries) to read these titles, rate them, and promote them to their friends or interact with the books in some other way.
The website itself will launch on April 18. Watch for details coming soon!
Posted by IFLS Youth Services at 2:15 PM