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Any librarians you’d like to see nude?

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Karen Coats


Okay, I couldn’t resist, but I also thought about how far I would be willing to go to protest censorship–maybe not, ahem, as far as these guys!


French booksellers pose naked to support children's book on nudity​​​


Here’s a little fun on the subject of YA dystopias:

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Karen Coats


​​​It’s A Bunch of Years After The War And Everything Is Different​​​​​​​​​​


New book of interest, perhaps?

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Karen Coatssupernaturalyouth.jpg

Whilst scouring a catalog of new critical books, I came across this title that may be of interest:

Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture, edited by Jes Battis

Here’s the amazon link:

​​​Supernatural Youth: The Rise of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture​​​​


Putting the A in YA

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Coats Karen


After going to a panel at MLA where the folks were still at the “hey-wow!” stage of teaching young adult literature, I admit I was a little cranky. Their roundtable had authors and professors of American literature who had found the joy of adding YA titles to their syllabi, but their responses to all of their critical questions revealed their complete ignorance of the wealth of criticism on YA literature, or that it was even possible that scholars were doing that kind of work. Sigh. (Not to worry–I did in fact scold them in the Q & A, using my mother’s technique of posing a question that was really a criticism: “I’m pleased that you have authors and literary scholars on your panel, but I’m surprised that you didn’t include any actual scholars of young adult literature. We’re out there, you know, and there is a wealth of critical literature that engages all of the questions you are discussing and more.” Or something like that. Almost all of them had the grace to look appropriately chagrined.


But it may be our fault. That is, when I was at NCTE a few years back, I met a young professor who said he didn’t join ChLA because he wasn’t interested in children’s literature, just YA. He didn’t realize that ChLA was YA friendly. And in fact, when we were discussing possible panels for next year, the one on diaries really sounded like they were only interested in young girls’ diaries, not teen diaries. I was assured that lit for YA was included and implied, but in the call itself, it is really only implied. I wonder if we don’t need to think about the impression we are sending to outsiders–we know we are YA friendly, and in fact may be actually more tipped toward YA lately than children’s lit, but what about the rest of the world?


At any rate, here’s who’s reading YA out in the world: ​

Who's buying teen books? Lots and lots of adults​​​


Go McDonald’s UK!

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Coats Karen


Here is a fabulous thing that the Brits are doing to get books into kid’s hands–here hoping the US will take a hint!

​​​McDonald's in UK will distribute books rather than toys​​​​

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