#INTLYALITMONTH: What a month!

Some titles from #IntlYALitMonth

Throughout the month of May, librarians, authors, teachers, and library activists from around the world took turns reviewing #IntlYALit titles that will help us provide our students with more windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. I’m humbled by the efforts of the reviewers and thrilled with the results of their work.

In case you missed a day, here’s a list of the titles that were reviewed this month. (This should make your shopping a little easier!)

End of EddyEdouard LouisJack Gantos
The Hour Past MidnightSalmaMridula Koshy
GrassKeum Suk Gendry-KimLauren Elliott
The YieldTara June WinchSarah Derrig
Zara Hossain is HereSabina KhanErin Wilson
SpudJohn van de RuitJohn Kurtenbach
Mirror, MirrorAndaleeb WajidMathangi Subramaniam
The Boy Who Sees With His FingersTomasz MalkowskiSamantha Wasson
OksiMari AhokoivuJennifer Baltes
Burmese MoonsSophie Ansel and Sam GarciaJonathan Hill
Malika Warrior QueenRoye OkupeJames Toney
The Hennah WarsAdiba JaigirdarWendy Guyer
Karmzah: The UnleashingFarida BedweiNadine Bailey
The Murderer’s ApeJakob WegeliusJason Roach
The Weight of Our SkyHanna AlkafCatherine Bae
Between Beirut and the MoonA. Naji BakhtiSana Daher
My Brilliant LifeAe-Ran KimMairin Raisdana
Love From A to ZS.K. AliJaime Clayton
The Gilded OnesNamina FornaSarah Ducharme
The Secret Life of Debbie G.Vibha BatraChris Fazenbaker
Secret PathGord Downie and Jeff LemireMary Lawson
How Do You LiveGenzaburo YoshinaJeremy Willette
Oonga and Year of the WeedsDevashish Makhija and Siddhartha SarmaKatie Day
League of Super FeministsMirion MallePaige Spilles
Crooks and StraightsMasha du ToitJohn Kurtenbach
#IntlYALitMonth List

And what did I learn? There’s so much more great YA literature in the world than I can possibly know about. Yes, School Library Journal and Booklist are a great help when I’m making purchase lists, and ordering catalogued and processed books from my US provider is convenient, but doing the hard work of seeking out international titles is worth it for my students. I need to continue to use this site and to add to my list of international resources.

And – this month has reinforced what I’ve always known – that my friends are awesome, and we’re stronger together than we are alone. Thank you to everyone above who contributed to GLLI’s #IntlYALitMonth, and a huge thanks to Karen Van Drie, Global Literature in Libraries Initiative’s Executive Director and managing editor, who guided me through this whole process. This month wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s contributions.

Linda Hoiseth

Linda Hoiseth is the high school librarian at the American School of Dubai and has previously worked at schools in the US, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Poland, Peru, Qatar, and India. She has a B.S. in English and Secondary Education, an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a graduate certificate in School Library Media. Linda is an IB workshop leader and a member of the ECIS Libraries Special Interest Group. She’s a fierce advocate for all students to have access to all the books. Follow her on Twitter @lhoiseth.

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