Teen Innovators: An Interview with Author Fred Estes

“When will I ever use this?” Every STEM teacher has heard this question before and will likely hear it again. Answer your students with Teen Innovators: Nine Young People Engineering a Better World with Creative Inventions. This new nonfiction profiles nine YA innovators who discovered a problem, conducted research, and used STEM to solve the issue.

Today author Fred Estes joins us to reveal his inspiration for the book, tips on increasing creativity, and his upcoming projects. Don’t miss the free downloadable teaching guide!

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Turning Heads with TeenTober

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

What do young adults get really excited about? Art, music, cosplay? The library is the perfect place to introduce teens to their next great love.

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Young Adult Nonfiction Round-Up

Nonfiction for middle and high school readers serves an important purpose in challenging, informing, and equipping our leaders of tomorrow. Whether you’re looking to expand your YA nonfiction collection or to fill specific gaps, we’ve got superb options for you below. Read on for a star-studded list of titles from Spring 2022, followed by an exciting line-up of new releases for fall. Look for the Netgalley link below several of the Fall 2022, and request your free galley now!

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A Summer for Sweetgrass

by Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

In 2013, Milkweed editions published Braiding Sweetgrass by Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer. Since that time, the book has become a New York Times Bestseller and continues to earn recognition in both the literary and science fields.

This November, Zest Books ™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, will release the new YA adaptation of this breathtaking nonfiction titled Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt.

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How to Be a Difficult Bitch: Empowering YA Readers

Warning: the following post contains strong language.

Being a powerhouse is a choice, a lifestyle, a code of ethics. It takes work, a thick skin, and perseverance. In How to Be a Difficult Bitch: Claim Your Power, Ditch the Haters, and Feel Good Doing It young adults learn the basics of being a Difficult Bitch, from school to friends to body to life.

Halley Bondy, Mary C. Fernandez, Sharon Lynn Pruitt-Young, and Zara Hanawalt collaborated to encourage readers to be themselves no matter what. Read on to discover the Commandments of the Difficult Bitch and to hear from Mary C. Fernandez on what empowers her everyday.

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