#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. … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: What a month!

#INTLYALITMONTH: Welcome!

When I was invited several months ago to guest-edit GLLI's #IntlYALitMonth, I have to admit that I was apprehensive. I'm certainly not an expert on global literature. While I've spent almost my entire career abroad, every school I've worked at has been based on an American curriculum, and the collections I've worked with and curated … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: Welcome!

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Easy Life in Kamusari

Imagine leaving high school in a bustling metropolis and being sent deep into the mountains as a trainee forester. And—horror of horrors—having your mobile phone disabled on the day you arrive. This is what happens to Yuki Hirano, an eighteen-year-old Japanese boy, who freely admits that study is not his thing. Well, life in the … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Easy Life in Kamusari

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Where We Go From Here

As someone who grew up during the 80s and 90s, I have several memories of the earlier years of the AIDS epidemic. I still remember the news reports of gay men dying in large numbers, and learning about how HIV is spread—and how it is not. I also remember the death of Freddie Mercury (right … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Where We Go From Here

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar National Library’s Young Adult Library

Young Adult Programming and Services at the Library during COVID-19 Chess Competition at Qatar National Library. Source. In the unprecedented coronavirus health crisis, many libraries around the world opted to adopt a wide range of virtual services to address the needs of young people. Some invested in their databases and resources, while others have offered … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar National Library’s Young Adult Library

#QATARILITMONTH: Contemporary Qatari Literature: Fiction from an Urban Desert

You can learn a lot about a nation’s history, culture and aspirations by reading its literature. A number of Qatari authors have made their work available in the English language, making it easy for a global audience to read the country’s historical fiction, magical fantasy and folk tales. Qatari author Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud’s writing depicts the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Contemporary Qatari Literature: Fiction from an Urban Desert

#INTLYALITMONTH: A Castle In The Clouds

A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier Translated from the German by: Romy Fursland ISBN-10: 1250300193 ISBN-13: 9781250300195 Publisher: Holt Books for Young Readers (Henry Holt & Company) Buy it here Sophie Spark is completing an internship at Castle in the Clouds, a picturesque hotel in the Swiss mountains. On any given day, she … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: A Castle In The Clouds

#IntlYALitMonth: Abigail

Abigail by Magda Szabó, translated from the Hungarian by Len Dix Who doesn't love a boarding school novel? Especially one written by an author who actually experienced life within a similar one for herself? Hungarians love this book so much, they voted it their third most-beloved novel during the Hungarian Big Read of 2005. So … Continue reading #IntlYALitMonth: Abigail

#INTLYALITMONTH: When You Ask Me Where I’m Going

When You Ask  Me Where I’m Going, is the type of book that gives us windows and mirrors into the life of a young Sikh woman which is not represented as often in Young Adult literature. This is  a thought-provoking debut novel by Canadian author, Jasmin Kaur. This is the story of Kiran, a young immigrant … Continue reading #INTLYALITMONTH: When You Ask Me Where I’m Going

#IntYALitMonth: Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices

Title: Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices Author: Masuma Ahuja  Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers, 2021 ISBN-10:  1643750119 ISBN-13:  9781643750118 “There are more than a billion girls in the world, each with her own voice and her own story, and this is not an atlas of girlhood, after all-but I hope it is … Continue reading #IntYALitMonth: Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices