Why YA? Now it’s your turn
Earlier this week I wrote a post entitled Why YA? in response to Joel Stein’s proclamation that adults should only read adult books. To date it is my most viewed post. It has also received the greatest amount of feedback, publicly and privately. So many of you have written me and talked about various YA books and how they changed your life. And many more of you talked about how important it is for adults to be able to engage meaningfully with teens about the things that matter most to them.
So I thought we would take the dialogue and turn it into a regular feature here at TLT and give you the chance to voice your opinions and share what ya means to you and what books, exactly, you think that adults should be reading – and why? I hope that you will participate.
Here is how it will work:
Write up a guest blog post in a word document and send it to me via email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk about a specific ya title, why yas like it, what it means to you, and why you think adults should read it.
Include in your email a brief bio as you would like it to appear on your post. You can use only a first name if you would like. Also, please include a head shot if you would like.
Don’t worry about book covers, I can find and add those easily.
This isn’t really about Joel Stein. It’s about adults talking meaningfully about the ya literature that moves them. It is also about teens talking about the books that move them – teens, please feel free to share what books you love and why you think adults SHOULD read them. And it’s about bringing adults and teens together in meaningful ways because we have so much to give to one another. Plus, ya literature is amazing. Well, most of it.
I’ll post updates as I receive them. Hope to be hearing from you all soon. Happy reading.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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