#IntlYALitMonth (We Made It!)

Thank You! (Gracias/Obrigada) Thank you for joining me and The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI) for #IntlYALitMonth, a month dedicated to promoting international and translated literature in libraries worldwide (among other celebrations). Our primary goal has been to increase access to diverse literary works from around the globe and foster cultural exchange through literature. … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth (We Made It!)

#IntlYALitMonth: given

given, Volume 1 is the first title in a series (stylized in all lower case) from mangaka (manga creator) Natsuki Kizu. On its surface, given is a story about four high school and college students forming an amateur band. Underpinning that ‘simple’ premise however, is a rich opening tale on grief, healing, and relationships. The … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: given

#IntlYALitMonth: Thirty Talks Weird Love

Thirty Talks Weird Love If you could go back in time and visit your thirteen-year-old self, what would you say to them? Do you think they would listen? That is precisely what happens to thirteen-year-old Anamaria Aragón Sosa in this artful novel-in-verse by Alessandra Narváez Varela; Thirty Talks Weird Love. Set in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Thirty Talks Weird Love

#IntlYALitMonth: Boys Run the Riot

Boys Run the Riot, Volume 1 Boys Run the Riot, Volume 1 is the first title in a four volume manga series from trans mangaka (manga creator) Keito Gaku. Like the street fashion which threads through the volumes, this series is bursting with color, identity and expression. This series centers on high school student Ryo … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Boys Run the Riot

#IntlYALitMonth: Ink Knows No Borders

This curated volume of 64 poems by poets from around the world showcases unique, individual voices from myriad cultures, following different migration pathways, and sharing their stories via different poetic styles. Yet there is more of a coherent narrative here than a reader might first expect from a poetry anthology as opposed to a novel … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Ink Knows No Borders

#IntlYALitMonth: The Blue Book of Nebo

The Blue Book of Nebo, by Manon Steffan Ros Originally published in Welsh in 2021 by Deep Vellum Publishing, Manon Steffan Ros is also remarkably to credit for the translation of her book to English. This is hardly surprising as a deep love of the Welsh language permeates the succinct prose. With spare and intense … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: The Blue Book of Nebo

#IntlYALitMonth: The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline From the first nostalgic and tangible whiff of nacho Doritos that Frenchie shares with his brother to the last hopeful lines that set up the sequel, The Marrow Thieves becomes a shining example of what dystopian literature can be. Set in a world not too far in our future … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: The Marrow Thieves

#IntlYALitMonth: Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes, a series by N.D. Stevenson Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types! It’s got all your classic summer camp experiences: hiking, canoeing, capture the flag, lake monsters, talking statues, dinosaurs, and more! Make sure to bring your best sneakers, because there’s a lot of running involved.  Lumberjanes, a graphic … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Lumberjanes

#IntlYALitMonth: The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel

The Girl With the Louding Voice, by Abi Daré In the Nigerian village where fourteen-year-old Adunni lives, girls and women are treated as commodities. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré is the story of Adunni finding her “louding voice,” making herself heard in a world that wants her silence. Since her mother … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel

#IntlYALitMonth: Catherine’s War

Catherine's War There’s certainly no shortage of WWII stories available for younger readers, especially stories focusing on the devastating impact and consequences of the Holocaust. And at first blush, Catherine’s War seems like just another entry to the cannon of middle grade Holocaust fiction.  But the graphic novel, adapted by Claire Fauvel from Julia Billet’s … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Catherine’s War