Handy Resources for Teachers and Librarians from Books, Teens & Magazines
This page provides librarians and teachers with links and resources for library lessons, displays, author visits etc. If you have any resources that you would like to add, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIVERSITY - SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Diversity is a big topic of conversation in the YA book market and it covers a number of issues: race, disability, religion, sexual preferences and mental issues are probably the main ones. Many authors, librarians, teachers and readers have commented on the need for diversity in YA literature - BT&M wrote about on this blog. The importance of readers being able to see themselves, and all the people in their society, in the books they read cannot be underestimated. Books that embrace diversity can take two forms - those where the subject matter is about diversity itself or those that are primarily a romance book or an adventure book but happen to include characters (or a main protagonist) from diverse backgrounds. BT&M is strongly in favour of the second style of book and feels that YA books should be moving in this direction. Below are a list of resources abut diversity in YA books that can be used to create displays, to kick start discussions or to provide book recommendations.
a list of books on diversity for children (all ages - not just YA)
We Need Diverse Books Campaign official site
Article (US based) on the need for more diversity in YA books
Book Riot blog recommending YA titles which support diversity (US based)
Booktrust interviews authors on diversity in YA books
Malorie Blackman on diversity in YA books
Guardian article on YA books with Muslim characters
Guardian article about characters with a disability in children's books
Guardian article with Benjamin Zephaniah on diversity in children's books
Malinda Lo blog with guide to LGBT YA books
Barnes and Noble list of YA books that include mental health issues
Scottish Book Trust recommends YA books covering mental health issues
THE IMPORTANCE OF BOOK COVERS
HOW TO WRITE A REVIEW AND WHERE CAN YOU PUBLISH THEM?
Writing a good book review, one that doesn't spoil the book for potential readers but also provides enough information so that they can work out if it interests them, is not easy. Too many times a book review ends up being a synopsis of the plot and doesn't answer the question: why did you like/dislike the book? Below are a few resources that provide guidelines for a good book review, provide some creative ideas for book reviews (filming a book review could be a lot more fun than writing one) and also a few places where teenagers can post reviews online - unless they would like to create their own blog?
some different ideas for book reviews
a sensible guideline for writing good book reviews
more advice on how to write an interesting book review
advice in The Guardian about writing book reviews, aimed at children
advice for teenagers on how to start a blog for reviewing books
Random House provides a space for teenagers to comment on books
TEEN BOOKS INTO FILMS - an idea for a display or a lesson
Resources include books already made into films and films in the pipeline.
A lot of books have their film rights bought but are never made into films - which ones do you think are missing?
Some films have names that do not match the books - can you match them up
96 teen books already adapted to film
A list of books already adapted or in the pipeline
How I Live Now movie news
Divergent movie news
Maze Runner movie news
The Book Thief movie news
Slumdog Millionaire based on Q&A
Cleverly disguised Shakespeare adaptations - I don't recognise all the films but liked The Lion King connection!
Film adaptations that haven't quite worked (not all YA)
Successful YA books that only had one book turned into a film and the reason why.
CREATING A TREASURE HUNT IN THE LIBRARY
The idea of the treasure hunt is to make teens aware of the resources in the library and to introduce them to new books. The students start wth one clue in their hands, which will lead them to a resource or book. There they will find a second clue and so on until they find the final answer and a note in it saying they have reached the end. You need to consider the layout of your library and the resources and displays you have and try and include the majority of them in your treasure hunt. If you have a large number of students taking part in the treasure hunt at the same time you will need to lay different trails to avoid fighting over the clues or resources; preferably starting different groups off in different parts of the library.
Start with a straightforward clue - one they cannot get wrong. It is probably easier to start them with a book in the reference section - a dictionary (clue: you use me to find the meanings of words) or an atlas (clue: you use me to find where countries are). Clues should then lead on to audio books (clue: a book without pages) or DVD's (clue: a story to watch) or magazines (clue: no hardbacks in this section) as well as fiction and fact books.
Suggested clues for fintion books are:
- Harry Potter: read me if you are a muggle who likes wizards
- Divergent: read me to find out which faction you belong to
- Hunger Games: a book with twelve districts
- Anne Frank's Diary: I never knew how famous my diary would become
- Call of the Wild: it's a dog's story, a classic
- Noughts and Crosses: black is white and white is black
- Out of Shadows: because of me, President Mugabe lives
If you need more ideas, then please email me on email@example.com