This year, TR@TC launched a summer book club for our program alumni, current Teaching Residents, and affiliates. Wendy Barreles, one of our fearless Induction Mentors, will be facilitating the club. We couldn't be more excited to spend the summer snacking and chatting it up with other teachers about the newest trends in YA fiction and just generally digging into the trials and tribulations of teenagers.

 

To celebrate this initiative, we're featuring some of our favorite events and curriculum resources on YA lit. If you're looking to add some YA lit to your classroom library or a literature circles unit, there's a superlatively helpful database of YA literature, created by Young Adult Library Services Association.

 

Happy reading!

 

Professional Development

#StayWoke Through Books: TR@TC2's Book Club

Dates and Times TBA

CUNY Graduate Center

365 5th Ave.

Fourth Floor, Room 4202.01

New York, NY10016

 

This summer, TR@TC will be hosting a book club centered around young adult literature. Faciliated by TR@TC Induction Mentor Wendy Barrales, the book club promises to be fun, low-key, and informative. There will be a lot of chatting about books over food and drinks, perhaps some opportunities to interact with YA authors, and even some bookmaking! Book clubs are an important way to build school and classroom culture and through this summer book club that’s exactly what we are going to do. We will explore how to effectively teach novels to your students that are culturally relevant, critically conscious, and engaging from beginning to end. End the book club with a free set of books and materials to start your own book clubs this upcoming school year!

 

Please email our Induction Coordinator Andrew Ahn at aa3958@tc.columbia.edu if you are interested in participating!

 

Classroom Resource

The Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Teen Book Finder is a free online database and app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access nearly 4,000 titles recognized YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone. This database provides access to all of YALSA's annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees. These resources are developed by library staff and educators to support the collection development and readers' advisory work of library staff. These books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, and span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. The resource is designed to encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

 

Raising Consciousness

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. They advocate to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children and to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. The organization promotes literature that recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. The organization grew out of a Twitter exchange between YA authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo, who were frustrated with the lack of diversity in kidlit. In a series of tweets, Ellen started talking about taking action alongside other authors, bloggers, and industry folks. Follow the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag for the latest news on their work.

 

Good Reads

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? In Burn Baby Burn, Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit—and the hardest to accept.