July 2017 #YearofYA : Unique Formats

We cannot deny how much our readers — from elementary through high school — are drawn to graphic novels. Rep John Lewis’s memoir, March, won ALL the awards this year. Raina is recognized on a first name basis (like Madonna. Or Oprah.) And while parents might grumble over how fast their kids read through them, the power of this unique format cannot be denied.

But it’s not just graphic novels that hook readers. All kinds of unique formats are out there baiting young readers to explore. Kwame’s poetry. Greg’s (OK, Jeff Kinney) Diary. Ransom’s creepy photographs. Gene Luen Yang’s graphics. Push your fictional boundaries in July & find some books that have unique formats… #YearofYA is about CHOICE so “unique format” can be defined how it works for you! Below are some books lists that include graphic novels, novels in verse, epistolary and more.
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Book Riot: YA Books in Verse

B&N 6 YA books w/ Unique Formats

Bustle 11 experimental YA books

Teen Librarian Toolbox: Lists, Letters & More

Epic Reads: 12 Must Read YA Graphic Novels

Bustle Epistolary Novels

Boomerang Books: YA Books told through letters, notes & emails


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June 2017: Narratives & Knowledge #YearofYA


Nonfiction can have a reputation with young readers: it might be all they read, or it could be what they actively avoid! This month we’re putting  a spotlight on the INFORMATIONAL side of reading – so pick up a how-to for a hobby your students might enjoy, or a narrative nonfiction that will have you reading late into the night… or the emerging niche of YouTube stars memoirs. Below are some award winners, book lists, and articles to get you started but remember — this is YOUR choice! When it comes time to chat, #YearofYA is focused on idea-sharing and growing our perspective, not on reading the same book so read what interests you 🙂

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YASLA Nonfiction Award Winners:



YA Nonfiction released in 2017 by stackedbooks.org


Recent Nonfiction releases for Young Readers:


Books by YouTube Stars by Teen.Com


Nonfiction Page Turners for Teens:


Nonfiction for Tween/Teen Girls: