Expert Book Lists

It is a snowy day here in Wyoming.  Today, I had the pleasure of exploring the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) website and blog.  I’m grateful for the chance to add to my personal lists from the wealth of resources from knowledgeable advisors.

The Book Lists

I think the best feature of the YALSA website is the numerous book lists that they gather.  I found myself lost in the lists, gathering resources for my future classroom library.  These are just a few of the amazing lists I combed today!

  • Best of the Best (2016)
    • Collection of YALSA Top Ten Lists
  • Audiobooks
    • A 10 amazing audio books for teens
  • Best Fiction
    • 2016’s top 10 YA Lit fiction picks
  • Graphic Novels
    • Graphic novels are super popular right now.  This is a list of 10 YA graphic novels to explore.
  • Paperbacks
    • Paperback picks for teen readers
  • Quick Picks
    • We know that we will encounter some reluctant readers.  This page has a huge list of options we might recommend to these readers.

The Hub – a YALSA Blog

The experts at YALSA also curate a blog called The Hub.  I fell down a huge rabbit hole when I visited The Hub.  Some of the articles I loved are listed below!

I really loved all the book lists and the tie-ins to other popular culture (the True Crime article has a tie in to The People v. OJ Simpson, the Serial podcast and the Netflix series Making a Murderer).

What did I learn?

Well, I first learned to explore the YALSA sites with my TBR at hand!  I only added 11 titles to my TBR.  Here are the ones I added.MoreTBRsI also learned that the amazing people at the YALSA are experts at what they do!  The depth of quality and breadth of topics covered on the site and the blog really show their expertise.

Have you added to your TBR List?  Did you find another amazing corner of the YALSA sites?  Let’s talk below…



IMWAYR – March 7, 2016

ItsMondayGraphicAnother month has gone by…can’t believe it is March!  This week I read only 2 books….life got in the way of reading.  I wanted to share them with you anyway!

This week I finished the Pura Belpre winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina.  I did a reading log about this book and my thoughts, so check it out over here.

Overall, I really loved this book.  I was a little bit confused with the blending of Spanish words and phrases.  I did really, really get into the book.  The author does a great job delving into the realities of being a victim of bullying, finding yourself as you go through high school, and discovering your strength.  I really recommend this book for those who have ever struggled to discover who they are (aka all of us!).


My second book was a graphic novel for this week’s book club discussion.  American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, blends the stories of Danny, Jin Wang, and the Monkey King.  It is a colorful and beautifully illustrated graphic novel.

I have to say that my understanding has been enhanced by discussion with my husband.  He knows more about Asian beliefs and sacred stories.  He even helped me out with translating a few of the Chinese characters.  Putting this book into the context has deepened my understanding.  I would put this book in my “Restricted” section right now because I am not sure if all middle schoolers could read this book with an open mind-frame.  However, once I know a student, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

Well, that’s it for this past week!  Coming up is mid-term break for CSC.  That means more free time to read YA and share with you!

IMWAYR – Challenge Week 2

ItsMondayGraphicThis week I have been reading more books in my 100 Children’s Book Challenge.  Head over to the 100 Children’s Book tab for my full list!

I’m in the second week of my challenge and I’ve already failed myself!  Okay, failed maybe isn’t the right word….I didn’t make my goal though.

goodnight goodnight construction siteThis week I read a picture book called Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker.  This is a very cute book in the same typical style of Goodnight Moon.  The book describes what all the machines have done that day and shows how they go to sleep for rest.  The illustrations – especially the big machines all curled up with their blanket and stuffed animals – were gorgeous too!

This is a great book for kids (and adults) who like the big machines and construction equipment.

This week my first novel was actually a graphic novel.  Thanks to various KidLit Bloggers who are promoting graphic novel month, I decided that it was the week to take Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, off of my husband’s shelves.

Coraline is a young girl who discovers an “Other” world through a portal in her new house.  She thinks the Other Mother, and the Other world, are pretty good because she gets what she wants.  However, things go South for Miss Coraline.  She must escape the Other Mother’s clutches, her creepy button eyes, and the hand with long fingernails that is chasing her.

This is a good book for older readers.  The graphic novel version, illustrated by P. Craig Russell, is especially creepy.  I thought I would start October off with a creepy book and this one fit the bill!


My second novel this week is in process.  Life got away from me, and I really believe I scheduled too much reading…at least for this past week.  So, look for the Book That Took Two Weeks (aka my mystery read….) in next week’s #imwayr post!

What did you read this week?  Any ideas for my next week reading from my challenge list?  Let’s talk below…