Want to join our unconventional YA book club?? Tavia + Mollee are partnering up to host a virtual book club that celebrates the diversity and enrichment that YA lit brings to all readers. One of the misconceptions of YA is that its written only for teens, so it’s not quality literature. We want to help prove that wrong and encourage others to read some of the best books and authors that are out there. Period.
It also helps to read more, and read what (some of your) students are reading.
This is a no-stress, low-commitment book club. Our goal is to get you to read YA (1 book a month) and engage in conversation – we want INTERACTION. We will not be lecturing on YA, but facilitating discussion.
This club is meant to be exploratory. We will give a theme or genre, and it’s up to you to find the title that suits the monthly topic. If that’s too broad for you, we will also suggest a “spotlight author” that is associated with that theme/genre.
We consider YA lit to be suited for students in grades 6th – 12th.
We will hold a Twitter Chat monthly using #SummerofYA but we’re open to chat anytime – so follow us @molleebranden and @tavia_clark If you aren’t a Twitter-user, SIGN UP! We have a helpful tutorial on our tech website if you are new to it. We do encourage you to try it, as it’s a great way to be a connected educator – with your peers, and with students. If you aren’t comfortable with Twitter, we will post transcripts of our chat on this blog, and encourage you to post comments here. We can also be reached via email (see About page).
We also believe in the value of YA lit. For more information on YA lit, please see the articles below, and on the “Links” page.
Why YA Lit Matters to Everyone @BookRiot
When Authors Take Risks, That’s Not Kid Stuff @NYTimes
June Theme: SURVIVAL
Dystopian has become a booming topic in YA lit (The Hunger Games, Divergent), and often, the theme is SURVIVAL. However, that term is flexible and can include survival of other means.
Find a YA novel or nonfiction that deals with SURVIVAL for the month of June.
If you want more direction, our Spotlight Author is James Dashner (The Maze Runner).
You might also find ideas at: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/ya-survival