Tomorrow, E.B., a library school buddy, is starting work as a YA public librarian. To wish her luck on her first day, I’m pulling together a list of some of the blogs I know are terrific for book recommendations, program ideas and general teen library wonderfulness.
Book Riot covers bookish topics for all ages, including reading life and book recommendations of many kinds. For budding YA-brarians, 3 on a YA Theme archives can be a good place to start, browsing. And here’s a direct link to the YA category on the site.
Comics, Cosplay and Geek Culture in Libraries Exactly what it says it is. Great resource for comic, anime and manga collection development, and program and event ideas. Wondering what a maker space is? How to host a superhero-themed event? Browse through the sections on this blog. Also: Ellyssa Kroski, who started the site, has a new book on Cosplay in Libraries that’s really well researched. (While my opinion on this is slightly biased since I write for the site and think Ellyssa is pretty close to being a superhero in her own right, the fact remains it’s an informative site.)
Diversity in YA: Founded by YA authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo, great place to find statistics on diversity in YA, along with useful booklists. They’re also on Tumblr
Disability in Kidlit does great reviews of individual books as well as overarching thematic discussion of disability issues in literature for kids through teens. Their policy is to have someone who has the same condition as the characters in the book review books, which I think is important. They also have a Tumblr.
Panels, run by many of the same people who do BookRiot covers all things comics and graphic novels, from reviews to industry news to the latest on comics adapted to movies/TV
Reading Rants: Reviews of all kinds of genres of the latest teen lit from Jennifer Hubert-Swan. I took her class in YA Genre fiction and her reviews on the site give a great sense of how she teaches- enthusiastic and thorough. Plus, her topical lists are a good place to start for book displays or other genre-theme needs.
Stacked hosts smart, socially aware librarian-centric blogging, including terrific book lists and professional development resources. For the sake of brevity, here’s the YA, but the whole site is worth exploring, including the archives.
Teen Librarian Toolbox is a librarian-friendly source for reviews and activity ideas with lots of guest bloggers from libraries all over.
We Need Diverse Books reviews and promotes books with diverse characters, culture, race, sexuality, disability, for all age ranges, including YA.
YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association is like the mothership of all teen librarian resources. I know it’s already on my buddy’s radar, but the list feels incomplete without it.
I know I’ve left off Tumblr and Twitter, both of which I’ve relied on for book recommendations and easily consumed bites of library information… but this list was getting pretty long and I don’t want to overwhelm my friend on her first day. And I haven’t even touched on bookish podcasts, which would be a whole other project.
What are your go-to resources for reviews and programming resources to make your teen programs amazing? Leave me a note in the comments. And wish E.B. luck as she gets ready to jump in and be awesome.