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The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum

Twins For the Win

Children's Books About Twins

Sometimes we get promoted at work, and sometimes we get promoted in life.  For a long time, I wanted to become promoted to Auntie Liz, so you can imagine my joy when my brother and his wife told me they were expecting.  A few weeks later, the phone call came that it was twins.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Young Adult Female Athletes

Whatever girls and women set out to accomplish, we can achieve.  Some women are artists, some are writers, some explore new heights, some are intellectuals, some are revolutionaries. These books are about girls and women who are athletes. While professional athletes are lauded for their accomplishments, being an amateur may seem mundane, but few things in life are easy or simple. These are the stories of ten teen athletes working to overcome all odds as they chase their dreams.

The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas P. Starr

After Ted Bundy

Non-fiction Books about True Crime

True crime has been a pop culture trend lately, with lots of people finding themselves glued to their Netflix account watching Making A Murderer and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Going to the Chapel

Spring is here and along with rebirth, allergies and warmer weather, another wedding season is beginning.  From field settings to islands, dresses to cakes, and fake relationships to dead bodies, DC Public Library has books from a variety of genres that are set at or centered around weddings. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Young Adult Novels In Verse, Part Two

Back in 2016, I published a list of young adult novels in verse, and the time has come to revisit this format. Every year, the YA publishing world comes out with more novels in this format. Below is a list of several new novels in verse that have come out since 2016, along with a few backlist titles that don’t get enough love.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Read the Rainbow: Middle Grade Edition

Every single reader deserves a book where they can see a reflection of themselves, regardless of race, sexuality, creed and many other factors.  While some take their time, many kids and tweens discover their sexuality and gender identity early on.  Although we can always use more, books about queer kids and tweens are published more frequently than in years past.  Below are eight recent novels for middle graders where the main character is queer.  The final three books on this list are about transgender individuals.  

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Expanding After Expanse

Even when we love our jobs, our neighbors and our day-to-day lives, we all need a getaway sometimes.  At some point or another, I imagine most people have been exasperated enough with life’s stressors to dream of going as far away as outer space.  However, as consumers of all things science fiction know, space can be full of death, diseases, war and intergalactic romance.  Over the past few years, the

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Diverse Contemporary Young Adult Literature

I have loved reading young adult contemporary novels for a long time and discovering characters whose life experiences, interests and stories are similar to mine. However, only ever consuming books about people like me isn’t always the most fulfilling. Reading about characters from different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds than mine provides insight into what their lives are like.  Moreover, it’s essential to read diverse books in order to help us develop understanding and respect for other people.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Magical Realism In Young Adult Literature

Magical realism, a genre of narrative fiction that is frequently associated with Latin-American literature, is something I have loved since I was a teenager. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, magical realism stories are often set in realistic places with bits of magic sprinkled throughout. I started off reading magical realism for adults, and some of my favorite authors include Jonathan Safran Foer, Sarah Addison Allen and Zadie Smith.

Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Science Fiction Comics

I’ve always enjoyed reading science fiction. When I started becoming a regular reader of comics in 2015, I knew I had to pick up was Saga because I’d heard such great things about it from fans of all genres. As someone who regularly visits her local comic book store, I’ve found lots of other titles that interest me along the way. If you love science fiction and comics, check out these titles.  Most of these titles are aimed at adults, but two exceptional young adult titles are included at the end. When the comic is part of a series, I've provided a link to the first volume.

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