If you are new to our book club, this is a low-commitment deal where we present a theme each month on our blog, then use social media to connect to other YA readers by posting Instagram book reviews and conducting a Twitter chat using #YearofYA. This is a group of librarians (school and public), educators at all grade levels, parents of teens, and even teens themselves. Join us once, if the theme appeals to you, or monthly, if you enjoy chatting about YA lit. Can’t make the date of a Twitter chat? Post to our blog, write reviews on social media and tag with #YearofYA, or read the transcript on the blog, to stay connected. If you have a suggestion for a theme, want to post a guest blog, or share other ideas, please let us know! We are happy to be moderators, but love to hear other voices (and I’m sure other people would like to hear you too!). We give you a full month to read, and we do our Twitter chats during the first week of the next month.
#SummerofYA was successful in June, July, and August of 2015, when measured by discussion among readers of YA, the sharing of different titles, and remembering to read for fun. We’d like to continue with that summer mentality, reading at least 1 YA title for fun, and keep discussing through the school year…. So welcome to #YearofYA
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic American Heritage month so our theme will honor writers and characters that bring a unique flavor to the YA American literary experience. Authors like Pam Muñoz Ryan, Kiera Cass, Julia Alvarez, and Matt de la Peña are just some of the amazing writers that either focus on the Latino culture, or provide a voice that is unrepresented in YA lit. Below are lists that specifically list titles for celebrating Hispanic American heritage in YA lit, lists of Latino YA authors, and the ALA’s Belpre Medal award which “is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth” (ALSC website, 2015). Feel free to select from these, or if you have another in mind, we’d love to hear about different and unique titles.