This site is amazing! The first thing that caught my attention was the Teen Read Week. This happens nationally every year on the same week as Columbus day and the dates for this year are Oct. 9th-15th. YALSA started this in order to encourage more teens to read more! I love it and the theme they are going with this year is “Read for the Fun of it!”. How awesome is that?! They even have celebrities for this and the one for this year is Bella Thorne. She started out as a small T.V. actress and has grown over the years. I’ve read some about her and apparently she was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was younger. She has given interviews where she talks about her diagnosis and how she has overcome it. She really is an inspiration to young adults who may have dyslexia or some other kind of reading disorder and I think YALSA made the right choice in picking her to be a spokesperson.
Another real cool thing I found was the YALSA’s Teen Book Finder! It’s an app that I actually downloaded on my phone and you can look for books by author, genre, etc. I looked under mystery and found “The Secret Service: Kingsman”. From what I know already, that is a movie which I have seen but I didn’t know it was a book. I have added it to my TBR! I also found another genre that I had never even heard of and it’s called Chidlren’s Humor. There was a book underneath it called “Creepy Carrots!”
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It sounded pretty interesting to say the least and I have also added it to my TBR! This app is great and I suggest you add it to your phone if you need help finding books.
I had never heard of YALSA until now and it is a great site that everyone should familiarize themselves with. Especially for teachers or future teachers because it has some great book find on it, authors and publishers to follow, activities and conferences to attend and so much more. If you haven’t read about it, do it! You wont regret it!