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Black History Month: Book Recommendations from Claire Kann

It’s Valentine’s Day, so Let’s Talk About Love–literally, let’s talk to Claire Kann, author of Swoon Reads recent release, Let’s Talk About Love. We were drawn to Claire’s debut novel because of it’s absolutely joyous cover with an ebullient black girl on the cover, but when we discovered that Alice is asexual, we became REALLY interested in her story. Let’s see the diverse books that inspired Claire’s debut.

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One To Watch Books: Your Guide to November YA Releases

Skip the turkey and pass me a platter of books, we’ve got November YA releases for you to feast on!

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#ReadABookDay Reading List

It’s not coincidence that #ReadABook Day falls this month.  UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared September National Literacy Month and, with it, come many days dedicated to the promotion of reading. In addition to today, September 8th marks International Literacy Day.  The theme for the  conference, held in France this year, is “Literacy in the Digital World.”   The goal is to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

While researching for this article, I was surprised to learn that over 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills.  The statistic is that one in five adults are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women.  To bring awareness to this issue and to advocate for reading and literacy, UNESCO began National Literacy Month in 1946.

Today, I created a book recommendations list of YA books including characters that struggle to read or are illiterate and tell you about some organizations that you can support in the fight against illiteracy.

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Happy 1st Anniversary, YA Wednesdays Book Club!

This month we’re celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary of YA Wednesday Book Club! To celebrate we’re re-capping our year of YA book club selections.

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YA Pride Book List

We’ve been planning this post a while with a publication day of today. In light of recent events near in Orlando, we decided it was important to publish this list and to continue to celebrate Pride Month. Because one thing we’ve learned from recent events is that we need empathy and love in large doses.  All the books that made our LGBTQA list are full of that and so very much more.

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Top 12 Reasons to Stay in on New Year’s Eve

2015 was one hell of a year for YA publishing.  With so many stand-out 2015 releases, you’re better off with a book hangover than a champagne hangover. This New Year’s Eve, why not ditch the crowds, cancel the Uber and stay home with a good book…or 12?
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