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Ten YA Retellings of Rapunzel

Rapunzel is a german fairy tale about a beautiful young maiden who has been impriosoned in a tower by an evil witch. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

How did YA Become YA?

“Why is it called YA anyway? And who decided what was YA and what wasn’t?” The short answer: librarians.Read More ›

#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A Few of Our Favorites

If I told you that we had diverse books at the library, what kinds of books do you think I mean? Would they have multicultural characters from different parts of the world? Who speak different languages? Who have different sexual orientations? Who have disabilities? YES to any or all of the above!Read More ›

Kingsbridge Teens Are Reading, Watching, and Enjoying…

Members of our Teen Advisory Group have been reviewing lots of books and movies this year! Here are some highlights of the reviews we've been sharing in our Teen Review Tuesday posts on Tumblr:Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival, March 2015

This two-day event is a terrific forum for allowing new authors to present about their work. Many authors, teachers, librarians and teens attend this event.Read More ›

My Spring Break Reading List

Lilian at Hamilton Grange shares her plan for a relaxing and book-filled spring break.Read More ›

Get to Know Jason Reynolds

On March 19, the Bronx Library Center had the honor to host Jason Reynolds. Jason is the winner of the John Steptoe Award for his book, When I Was the Greatest, and author of the critically acclaimed The Boy In the Black Suit. I had the opportunity to interview Jason after his event and learn about his writing style, fashion sensibility, and more.Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Snow White

You know that romantic tale of a young woman who runs away to the woods to escape a wicked Queen. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

Jason Reynolds Visits BLC on March 19 @4pm

March 19, 2015 will be a special day for Bronx Library Center teens! Jason Reynolds, Brooklyn-based author will honor us with a visit to talk about his latest book The Boy In The Black Suit, and his work as a writer and poet.Read More ›

20 More Realistic (and Real Life) Titles for Teens

Here are some additional recommendations for realistic (and real life) titles for teens who want to read something other than dystopian novels: Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Cinderella

You know that romantic tale of the orphaned girl with a cruel stepfamily, who later becomes the belle of the ball and finds true love after fitting into a glass slipper. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in YA Fiction

In the rain soaked Seattle of the early '90s, grunge rock was the soundtrack to our lives and Kurt and Nirvana were at its center. Twenty one years on, his legacy continues in two recent YA books Carnival at Bray and Love Letters to the Dead. Both books examine the power of music and words to bring people together, inspire us and give us hope.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Patron Saint of Butterflies" by Cecilia Galante

The Regulation Room is simply a normal part of life on Mount Blessing to its residents. Read More ›

Booktalking "Willow" by Tonya Hegamin

Willow gets into trouble for reading anything other than the Bible... and she is also not supposed to know how to write. So she hides her diary in the woods.Read More ›

Ten YA Retellings of Beauty and the Beast

You know that romantic tale of one fair maiden and a prince who has been cursed to look like a beast. The love of the young woman helps to free the prince from the curse and he becomes a handsome young man once again. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

Booktalking "My Thirteenth Winter" by Samantha Abeel

Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability. Samantha Abeel was caught in the crossfire between her complete inability to perform simple mathematical calculations or read music (which is related to math) and her extreme creativity with writing and vivid imagination. Read More ›

Five YA Books You Seriously Need to Read

It doesn't matter what you normally read. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, romance, non-fiction... these are books that you seriously need to read right now. Read More ›

Finding the Right Nonfiction Book For You

Reading nonfiction books can open your eyes to different subjects and make you see them in a new light, and I’m not just saying that because I haven’t eaten a burger from McDonald’s since I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Reading nonfiction books can change your perspective in both small and profound ways. Read More ›

Selma Reading List

A reading list for all ages to accompany the movie Selma.Read More ›

Booktalking "Trapped" by Michael Northrop

No heat, no water, no cell phone reception... and no help on the way.Read More ›
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