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 Eddy||Edouard Louis||Jack Gantos|
|The Hour Past Midnight||Salma||Mridula Koshy|
|Grass||Keum Suk Gendry-Kim||Lauren Elliott|
|The Yield||Tara June Winch||Sarah Derrig|
|Zara Hossain is Here||Sabina Khan||Erin Wilson|
|Spud||John van de Ruit||John Kurtenbach|
|Mirror, Mirror||Andaleeb Wajid||Mathangi Subramaniam|
|The Boy Who Sees With His Fingers||Tomasz Malkowski||Samantha Wasson|
|Oksi||Mari Ahokoivu||Jennifer Baltes|
|Burmese Moons||Sophie Ansel and Sam Garcia||Jonathan Hill|
|Malika Warrior Queen||Roye Okupe||James Toney|
|The Hennah Wars||Adiba Jaigirdar||Wendy Guyer|
|Karmzah: The Unleashing||Farida Bedwei||Nadine Bailey|
|The Murderer’s Ape||Jakob Wegelius||Jason Roach|
|The Weight of Our Sky||Hanna Alkaf||Catherine Bae|
|Between Beirut and the Moon||A. Naji Bakhti||Sana Daher|
|My Brilliant Life||Ae-Ran Kim||Mairin Raisdana|
|Love From A to Z||S.K. Ali||Jaime Clayton|
|The Gilded Ones||Namina Forna||Sarah Ducharme|
|The Secret Life of Debbie G.||Vibha Batra||Chris Fazenbaker|
|Secret Path||Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire||Mary Lawson|
|How Do You Live||Genzaburo Yoshina||Jeremy Willette|
|Oonga and Year of the Weeds||Devashish Makhija and Siddhartha Sarma||Katie Day|
|League of Super Feminists||Mirion Malle||Paige Spilles|
|Crooks and Straights||Masha du Toit||John Kurtenbach|
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 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.