Oh The Places You’ll Read #YearofYA April 2018

Oh The Places You’ll Read

April 2018 Oh The Places You'll Read (4)

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for vacation! Lucky for me, warm beaches are in my future but so many of our kids (& colleagues!) celebrate Spring Break with a stay-cation. Regardless, let’s set off on some exotic, wanderlust-worthy adventures vicariously through fiction! In April, travel the world through literature that involves travel! Below are some lists that are much easier to tackle than packing lists!

Our April date is TBD – will share on Twitter ASAP!

Book lists for a book adventure:

15 YA Books for Readers with Wanderlust on BookAddicts Guide

YA Books Set Abroad on Goodreads (a bit dated)

10 Thrilling Locations in Children’s’ Books by The Guardian

Around the World in 80 Books on BookRiot – most are adult

Buckle Up! The Best YA Road Trips on Read Brightly

10 Great Fantasy Stories from Around the World on BookRiot

In Foreign Lands: Teen Life Outside the US on NoveList (not really “spring break” but a good list!)

International YA Lit – Books written outside the US on The Hub


Biographies/Memoir List from #YearofYA Feb. ’18

We had a fantastic chat in February and I wanted to capture and share all the titles that were discussed! So here they are, all in one place, along with a list that our ferocious reader, BJ, created for us!

BJ’s List of Amazing Biographies/Memoirs for YA readers:

All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island Liza Jessie Peterson 2017
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta 2017
Hole in My Life Jack Gantos 2004
A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah 2007
El Deafo Cece Bell 2014 (GN)
Stitches David Small 2009 (GN)
Tweak: Growing Up on Amphetamines Nic Sheff 2008
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates Wes Moore 2010
Bite of the Mango Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland 2008
Three Little Words Ashley Rhodes-Courter 2008
Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx Sonia Manzano (Maria-Sesame Street) 2015
Tales of a Makeshift Bride Lucy Knisley 2016 (GN)
Born a Crime Trevor Noah 2016
Being Jazz Jazz Jennings 2016
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Liz Murray 2010
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music Steve López 2008
Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children Faith J.H. McDonnell, Grace Akallo 2007
Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir Janice Erlbaum 2007


Books mentioned during February 2018 #YearofYA chat:

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore 2017

To The Moon by Jeffery Kluger

The Opposite of Loneliness  by Marina Keegan

Kid Authors by by David Stabler and Doogie Horner

You Don’t Have to Say you Love Me by Alexie Sherman

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Chasing Space Young Reader’s Version by Leland Melvin

Americanized:Rebel Without a Green Card by @saaaranotsarah

Self Inflicted Wounds by @aishatyler

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Enrique’s Journey Young Reader’s Version by Sonia Nazario