YA Diversity Book Club: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Welcome to the May edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Becky Albertalli’s adorable contemporary romance “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” […]


Kids Comics Q&A Blog Tour: David Rubin

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In honor of Children’s Book Week (which was earlier this month), Macmillan organized a month-long blog tour featuring Q&As (all written by Dragons Beware! authors Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado) with 32 different authors and illustrators of children’s and teen’s comics and graphic novels. For our stop on the tour, we’re featuring Jorge and Rafael’s […]


Author Appreciation: Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo

Last night Candlewick hosted a dinner for Kate DiCamillo with DC-area children’s book reviewers, and I was lucky enough to attend. Kate was in town as the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Earlier in the day, she had participated in an event with former Ambassadors Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, who […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Sabaa Tahir

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Welcome to the April edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read the highly anticipated debut fantasy novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa […]


Monday Quotes: YA Books in Verse

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, so we wanted to highlight YA books in verse this week. I know some readers are hesitant to read books in verse, but in my experience they’re wonderful, poignant, and so descriptive. I hope you’ll read this quotes and be inspired to give books in verse a try, especially if […]


Monday Quotes: YA Books About Faith

YA Books about Faith

There aren’t that many YA books that discuss faith in an open, authentic way. Most YA protagonists seem to come from either non-practicing or holiday only or cultural but religious types of families, so it’s always refreshing to read books about teens dealing with spiritual issues. So today, after a weekend that included both a […]


Waiting On Wednesday: Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

I remember reading Edwidge Danticat’s “Breath, Eyes, Memory” right after graduating from college. It had just been named one of Oprah’s Book Club Picks, and it really spoke to me. The mother-daughter issues and the obsessive preoccupation with purity were familiar to me, even though I’m not Haitian and didn’t experience the extreme cultural “testing” […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Black Dove White Raven

Black Dove, White Raven

Welcome to the March edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read the historical novel BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN written by award-winning author Elizabeth Wein. […]


Ten Awesome Deals at Book Outlet

Eleanor and Park

We’re new to the concept of Book Outlet, but after browsing through it, we’re hooked. You can cave up to 90% at Book Outlet! It’s perfect for securing books at a deep discount, but because it doesn’t have as deep an inventory as other booksellers, we’ve done some of the legwork for you and picked […]


Commentary: Where are the Big Girls in YA?

Eleanor in Eleanor & Park

  I consider myself a demonstrated advocate of Diversity in YA. I help run the We Need Diverse Books Twitter chats, and I started the YA Diversity Book Club with three friends to make sure that our regular readers are able to get more recommendations for books that feature diverse themes. But today I want […]