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Colin Kaepernick Describes How He Embraced His Blackness As a Teenager (opens in a new window)


March 10, 2023

Before Colin Kaepernick was the face and catalyst of a protest movement – across sports and society – and before he was the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback in the Super Bowl XLVII, he was just a teenager trying to figure out who he was and where he was going. In a new graphic novel, Colin Kaepernick details how he wrestled with his identity within his blended adoptive family.

Rural Literature Teaches Rural Students To Value Self, Culture (opens in a new window)

The Goshen News

March 10, 2023

“I think as a kid, to be able to read a book where you feel seen and you feel like who you are as a human being, where you come from is being honored and recognized as something good, then that makes you feel good. It makes you feel like who you are as a person is an ok person to be and you can do good things in the world as that person whether you are still in your rural community or somewhere else.”

9 Essential YA Nonfiction Books About Black History (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

February 24, 2023

During Black History Month in the library, I’m always looking for titles to recommend to the teenagers at the high school where I work. Of course, I spend time highlighting books by Black YA authors — all Black authors, YA or not, to be perfectly honest — yet I wasn’t doing much to educate about the history itself.

LA County to Offer Free Mental Telehealth Services for All Students (opens in a new window)

K-12 Dive

February 03, 2023

Los Angeles County on Thursday announced it will offer its nearly 80 school districts the option to participate in a free mental telehealth service for the region’s 1.3 million school students. Los Angeles Unified School District and Compton Unified School District have already opted into the program, which will deploy in a phased approach for all districts in the county that participate. 

5 YA Books This Winter Dealing With Identity and Overcoming Hardships (opens in a new window)


February 03, 2023

Winter can be a good time for reading thoughtful books. It’s like the pale daylight and early darkness create a space for stories — in particular for stories that ask the reader to mull over themes and ideas that can sometimes be difficult. It’s a time that allows for reading deeply, giving things proper consideration — and sitting with the feelings that can create. With that in mind, here are five new YA books out this winter that will reward such reading.

6 Middle Grade & YA Novels on Repeat for Groundhog Day (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

January 27, 2023

In recent years, Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, has become synonymous with the film where a weatherman finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over. Here are a few middle grade and YA titles to pass along to young readers interested in time loops. If they love them, they can read them over and over.

Youngkin Says Va. Law Should Require Schools to Inform Students of Awards (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

January 20, 2023

Virginia schools would be required to notify students when they receive awards under legislation proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), his latest response to certain schools’ failure to do so.

The legislation comes after several Northern Virginia high schools acknowledged that they were months late in telling students they had been named “commended students” by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which recognizes the highest scorers on a national standardized test.