Teen Focused Literature Events @ ALA Annual

Continuing our focus on ALA Annual 2016 this week, here are some programs that will be focusing on Teen Literature.

Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session
Saturday, June 25 1:00 – 2:30pm Orange County Convention Center, S330 C-D
Come listen to local teens give their opinions about books that are nominated for YALSA’s 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) list.

Finding Yourself on the Shelves: Diversity in Ethnicity and Language for Your Teens
Saturday, June 25 1:00 – 2:30pm Orange County Convention Center, Room W205
A panel about the diversity in ethnicity and language in young adult collections. An open discussion/conversation about the importance of teens being able to see themselves not only in the characters of the books, but also as the authors. We need to go beyond the stereotypes, i.e. middle eastern teens always surviving the war, latin american teens always fighting poverty, etc. Also, how language plays a role in the stories.

Reflecting Realities: Transgender Fiction for Today’s Tweens and Teens
Sunday, June 26 3:00-4:00pm Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A
Transgender youth are identifying themselves earlier and earlier, and yet they are some of the least represented within youth literature. Parents and youth alike need assistance figuring out how to take steps in their journey, and often they turn to the library for their primary resources. Join Cory Silverberg (author of the 2016 Stonewall Honor Book “Sex is a Funny Word”) and authors Donna Gephart (Lily and Dunkin), Brie Spangler (Beast), and Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl) to learn about their newest works and ways to help transgender youth in your library.

 

Of course, you can also stop in on committees and get a peek at how they run. Here are some open committees that allow anyone to stop in.

Best Fiction Young Adult
Saturday, June 25 3:00 – 5:30pm Orange County Convention Center, Room W305
Sunday, June 26 10:30 – 5:30pm Orange County Convention Center, Room W305
Monday, June 27 10:30 – 5:30pm Orange County Convention Center, Room W305

Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Sunday, June 26 8:30 – 11:30pm Rosen Plaza, Room Salon 01
Monday, June 27 8:30 – 5:30pm Rosen Plaza, Room Salon 01

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Saturday, June 25 1:00 – 5:30pm HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Celebration 03
Sunday, June 26 1:00 – 5:30pm HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Celebration 03

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