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113: Why Teach YA? - There's Nothing I Want More than for Kids to Love What We're Doing


In this episode, we focus on classroom teachers and talk directly about how and why we incorporated Young Adult literature into our classrooms. We talk about series we saw our students loving like Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, and Veronica Roth's Divergent, and we talk about seeing our students fall in love with books. From classics like S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders to A.S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants, we talk about using YA lit in our classes and also the role we think it can play more generally within the classroom setting.


Bookish Check In

Sara - Axton Betz-Hamilton's The Less People Know about Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

Ashley - Mark Oshiro's Anger Is a Gift

Jen - Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett's A House in the Sky: A Memoir (@readwithtoni buddy read)


Other Mentions

Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones

S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders

Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games series

David Baldacci's Wish You Well

Bob Greene's Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Stephanie Meyers's The Twilight Saga

Katherine Paterson's Jacob Have I Loved

A. S. King's Everybody Sees the Ants

R. J. Palacio's Wonder

Elie Wiesel's Night

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give

Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre


Give Me One - A YA Lit Favorite

Ashley - Emily X. R. Pan's The Astonishing Color of After

Jen - Alix E. Harrow's The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Sara - John Green's Turtles All the Way Down


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