Amp Them Up: Biographies #YearofYA

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In my school (Mollee’s), February seems to be a month heavy in biographies. It’s inspiring to read about other people, the odds they’ve overcome and how they’ve put their “dent in the universe” – as Tavia says! Taking that further, let’s read bios, autobiographies & memoirs this month that capture the power of storytelling & self-reflection. Then, in our chat, we will focus on how we can empower students and amplify their own voice.


Too often we say we’ll help them “find” their voice, but that diminished the experiences they’ve had so far in life. Instead, let’s validate our teens and AMP them up!


“It happened to me” – Comprehensive list from Sno-Isle Libraries

Contemporary biographies, autobiographies & memoirs for teens – from Thought Co.

12 Memoirs Every Girl Needs To Read Before She Turns 18” – list with mostly adult memoir/biography that appeals to a YA crowd

Graphic Memoirs from Foreign Places – if you’re looking for unique, you’ll find it here.


Female Fantasy Phenoms – #YearofYA January ’18

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(isn’t this infographic put together by Tavia BAD-ASS?!)

Let’s kick off 2018 with some imagination, firsts and females! The YA fantasy game has grown tremendously over the last decade, with more female writers and heroines coming on the market… it’s almost hard to keep up with the impressive variety that’s out there.

Some of you (BJ) may have some experience beyond the bestsellers, but we hope you’ll use January 2018 to try out the first in a Fantasy series that features a female phemon!

There are widely-read series you don’t want to miss like The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Legend by Marie Lu, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, and… can I keep going? But maybe you’ll find something on the brink of breaking out, or finally carve time to read what you’ve missed.

As always with #YearofYA, we pick a theme and you pick your reads! We’ll chat January 30 at 8pm EST. 

If you need help finding your books, check out these lists:

Great YA Fantasy Good Reads List – you’ll have to dig for the female authors but comprehensive list

27 Female Authors of Sci Fi/ Fantasy

Fantasy Female Authors Electrifying the Genre by BookTrib

100 Must Read Fantasy/Sci Fi by Female Authors – like the goodreads list, its comprehensive for you’ll have to seek YA/series