Take 5: Book List Roundups for February
It’s February, and it’s time to round up some of the MG and YA book lists out there to help us all buy books. Because it’s February, this month’s lists focus on love/romance and Black History Month, but remember we should be buying, reading, and promoting books by Black authors and romance 365 days a year. The goal is always to develop the most comprehensive, inclusive, and accessible collections – in our homes and in our libraries – as possible. Do not let this be the only month you care about books by Black authors. Or romance.
The blog Black Children’s Books and Authors has this roundup of February releases: https://bcbooksandauthors.com/february-2021-childrens-ya-book-releases/
Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson is on this list and it’s so very good, you should read it. I’ve also been hearing a lot about Muted by Tami Charles and have added it to my TBR list.
The very amazing Dahlia Adler has put together a list of YA romances for Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/dahliaadler/young-adult-romance-books-2021. Love is a Revolution appears on this list as well. As does A Pho Love Story which Amanda MacGregor is reviewing here at TLT sometime in the next few days I believe.
Popsugar has a more general list of YA books coming out in February: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/best-new-ya-books-february-2021-48127020?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=post&utm_campaign=frontdoor. It’s a slide show, for those who hate those I thought I would give you a heads up.
YA Pride has a great list of LGBTQIA+ titles by Black authors for Black History Month. Not all of these books are new releases, but it’s a pretty comprehensive list and you’ll find it helpful:
And United by Pop has a pretty good list of 30+ YA books releasing in February:
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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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