Thursday, April 14, 2011

Teen Literature Day

"Librarians all across the country are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day on April 14 2011 by hosting events in their library or through their web site on that day. The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre as well as highlight librarians' expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials."
from the YALSA wiki

Young Adult (YA) literature really is a vibrant and growing genre that attracts the teen crowd as well as an increasing number of adults. You can find YA book clubs through the public libraries and there are an increasing number of teen book bloggers and vloggers (video blogs). Teens post written thoughts on books they've read on their blogs and create videos that they post to those blogs as well as YouTube and other video hosting sites. It really is exciting to see another generation of readers enjoying the written word and blogging and vlogging about it!

I started reading both young reader (8-12 year olds) and YA books about ten years ago when my oldest granddaughter started reading in earnest. I became the person in our family responsible for reading the books she might read. Doing this I discovered an amazing world of literature for children and young adults and continue to enjoy my role as family "book screener." I recently posted a video to my blog that lists a few recently acquired YA books that I will be reviewing in the near future. In support of Teen Literature Day, I'll post the video here as well.

YALSA keeps a list of YA awards and booklists. Check out these lists at their website.

YALSA is the Young Adult Library Services Association, a part of the American Library Association (ALA).

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