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The Most Popular YA Books on TikTok (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

May 06, 2022

BookTok covers a wide range of book genres, including romance and fantasy. But when it comes to books that people love on TikTok, young adult literature is king. That’s why we rounded up this big list of the most popular YA books on TikTok.

Seeding an Interest in STEM (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

May 05, 2022

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) affect our daily lives in ways too numerous to count. Having a broad understanding of these disciplines is essential for navigating an increasingly complex future.

15 Middle Grade & YA History Books That Highlight Marginalized Voices (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

May 05, 2022

Many authors are unearthing long-buried evidence and exalting hidden figures of the past to afford readers (and their educators) a more richly textured version of our collective experience. The 15 books discussed herein, which range from middle grade to YA, restore the urgency and excitement of history while highlighting the marginalized voices that have so often been written out of established curricula. 

I’m a High School Junior. Let’s Talk About ‘Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘Mockingbird.’ (opens in a new window)

NY Times

April 27, 2022

How we as Americans approach restrictions on literature curriculums is not only flawed but also wholly reactionary. My experience at that meeting and others convinced me that the problem is not that we disagree but how. We need to shift focus away from reflexive outrage about restrictions and bans and toward actual discussions of the merits and drawbacks of the individual books.

10 Fantastically Sweet Middle School Romance Books (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

April 21, 2022

For a long time, conventions have stated that middle grade books should focus on friendship and family, while YA books focus more on romantic love. And choices for middle school readers who love romance are few and far between. But there are some great ones out there. And this seems to be changing with more tween romance books being published in recent years.

How a Statewide Entrepreneurship Contest Launched 3 Indianapolis High Schoolers into a Million-Dollar Business (opens in a new window)

The 74

April 21, 2022

If not for a statewide pitch competition for entrepreneurial students, three Indianapolis high schoolers likely wouldn’t have started their business. And they certainly wouldn’t have seen that company, Find Ideal Applicants, earn $20,000 in early-stage investment that valued the company at $1.5 million.

Their success stems from involvement in Indiana’s annual Innovate WithIn contest, which carries a $25,000 prize and offers entrants the chance to work with industry leaders to bring their proposed products to market.

From a Molasses Flood to ‘Titanic,’ 6 Podcasts That Offer a Glimpse Into Kids’ Minds (opens in a new window)

NPR

April 15, 2022

From discussions about teen mental health to explorations on the possibility of alien life, the 2022 Student Podcast Challenge offers a glimpse into the mind of kids and teens from across the country. This year, the contest received well over 7,500 minutes of podcasting from 45 states and the District of Columbia. While all the entries spotlight a different topic, one thing is clear: we need to listen to kids more often – and we don’t often get the chance to.

20 of the Best Middle Grade Fantasy Books (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

April 15, 2022

Nothing beats a good adventure story except a good adventure story with a healthy dollop of magic. Middle grade fantasy books have been beloved by multiple generations of readers, and every year seems to see magical new adventures being published. 

13 Latinx Young Adult Books Out This Year You Need to Read (opens in a new window)

HipLatina

April 15, 2022

The young adult genre has been one that young and up-and-coming Latinx authors have been making major headway in for several years now, and this year is no exception. There are literally dozens of Latinx YA novels being published in 2022, including quite a few that we’re really looking forward to not just picking up for our kids, but for reading ourselves as well.

Books Are Not Dangerous, But Companions for a Dangerous World (opens in a new window)

Newsweek

April 15, 2022

The world can break your heart; so can books. But books can also help to mend our brokenness, sometimes by diverting our attention from it, sometimes by speaking directly into the pain and sadness. Banning books that are truthful and helpful, even when they present a difficult reality, only shrouds these materials with forbiddenness that ultimately invites more curiosity among children.

Do I Want to Be a Telecommuter When I Grow Up? High Schoolers Ponder That Question (opens in a new window)

Education Week

April 07, 2022

High schoolers pondering career plans ask themselves a host of questions: What kinds of work do I enjoy? How much money do I want to make? What am I good at? Now add this one to the list: Do I want to be able to work remotely?

A survey of 11th and 12th graders in the United States and similarly aged students in the United Kingdom found that 19 percent of the 16 to 18 year-olds were taking the ability to telecommute into account in their career considerations. 

Protecting Reader Privacy in the ELA Classroom (opens in a new window)

ILA

April 01, 2022

Digital materials can provide desired privacy in some scenarios while creating problems in others. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, English language arts (ELA) teachers have increasingly relied on digital materials and online tools to expand student access to books and content, facilitate online collaboration, and deliver learning experiences. Here we provide five recommendations for teachers committed to protecting student and family privacy.

Why High School ‘Rigor’ Is Often Just A Facade (opens in a new window)

Forbes

April 01, 2022

High school transcripts look more impressive than ever, but they often don’t reflect actual learning. One big reason that is generally overlooked: the elementary and middle school curriculum fails to equip kids with the knowledge they need to do high school level work.

Georgia teenager accepted to almost 50 colleges (opens in a new window)

CNN

March 30, 2022

Makenzie Thompson, 18, didn’t originally plan to apply to over 50 universities. But after attending college fairs and receiving fee waivers, she ended up applying to 51 schools. So far, she has been accepted to 49 and is still waiting to hear back from one more.

Three YA Novels for Fans of ‘CODA’ (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

March 24, 2022

In the oscar nominated film, CODA, teenager Ruby balances the pressure of work on the family fishing boat with school and dreams of a singing career, a life that might take her away from her Deaf parents. Here are three YA novels that young fans of CODA might enjoy.