April 13, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
When we write poems, we can be vulnerable, soft, kind to our memories. And we can also be fiery and ferocious. Speak loud and unapologetic. We can be that mix tape, we can be that journal covered in anger and hearts drawn in red magic marker.
January 5, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
This beautiful and moving collection deserves a spot in all libraries. What a wonderful addition this would be for poetry units.
April 27, 2020 by Karen Jensen, MLS
For the last week of National Poetry Month, librarian Lisa Krok shares her final week of poetry in verse novels to share with teens and corresponding activities.
November 21, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
The final post in my Crash Course series of books for younger readers looks at recent poetry collections.
November 13, 2019 by Robin Willis
Jasmin Kaur is the author of the YA poetry & prose release When You Ask Me Where I’m Going . Today she joins us to talk about being a Sikh woman and writing Own Voices.
July 5, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Adultolescence, this compilation of short, powerful poems from teen Instagram sensation @poeticpoison perfectly captures the human experience. In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufman—known as @poeticpoison—does what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time. […]
June 5, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description How do you deal with a hole in your life? Do you turn to poets and pop songs? Do you dream? Do you try on love just to see how it fits? Do you grieve? If you’re Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt […]
March 1, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew […]
April 11, 2017 by Amanda MacGregor
Well. Here we are, educators and librarians. The teens we work with are consuming the same polarizing news media, current events stories, and government spin that we adults struggle to cope with every day. How can we help teens interact with the news in a way that gives them some control over the language […]
January 10, 2017 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to […]
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