YALSA (Young Adult Literary Services Association) & The Hub

I had a great time exploring the YALSA sight along with The Hub and finding even more books that I want to read (I think I now seriously need a job where all I do is read all day long!) What a great sight to explore and find reading material of every make and model! (I couldn’t believe there were lists for audiobooks, graphic novels, and college bound students!)

technology-music-sound-things.jpgThe first list that I explored was the “Amazing Audiobooks for Young Readers”. I started with this list because I have been trying to find some great audiobooks for my auditory learners and those that need a little extra help. What a surprise to find one of my all-time favorite-books from this semester listed on there Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys! I loved reading this book, but now to know that it is also an audiobook, I can’t wait to let my students know!

I then jetted over to “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers”. There I found a great list of books that sound very interesting. One that I’ve been wanting to read is Scythe by Neal Schusterman. This is not the only interesting book that I found on that list, there are plethora of books listed that I think would be extremely interesting to a lot of my students and could certainly pique their interests. pexels-photo-256520.jpeg

I next went on to explore “Graphic Novels for Teens”, the “Alex Awards”, “Odyssey Awards”, and “Nonfiction”. These places again have lists upon lists of interesting books, too many to name. A couple more that I found and added to my TBR list were: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky and #Notyourprincess:Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy. Kill the Boy Band sound absolutely hilarious! Also on The Hub, I found a new series that I really want to read, the first book being The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. (Sorry dear, the house won’t be cleaned for another 10 years…too busy!)

I definitely see the benefit in using the YALSA sight and The Hub for my personal reading and for the classroom. I’m excited to show the students these sights and let them explore in order to find more books that might be to their liking. It’s nice to be able to personally suggest books to students, but we are only one person and obviously not capable of reading all the great books that are out their for students. This will give us another avenue in which to steer students to help them in their reading quests. And as we all know…any extra help we are able to get…is priceless!


2 thoughts on “YALSA (Young Adult Literary Services Association) & The Hub

  1. Hi, Holly, I enjoyed reading your response. I’m with you on that whole house cleaning thing; I’d rather read. That book you mentioned Kill the Boy Band sounds intriguing. I’m going to go have a look at it on Amazon. Graphic novels are sorely lacking in my classroom library. I think these types of books would capture some of my most reluctant readers, so I am definitely going to add more of them. Audiobooks sound like another area that I need to explore. Thanks for sharing.


    1. It’s funny you talked about audio books. I have since day one stated that listening is not my learning style. Period. Well, in the past two weeks, I have to eat crow. I decided to do the audio version of If I Was Your Girl, and now I’m on my third audio book, EVER! I found that it is actually nice to listen to in the morning getting ready and anytime when I’m driving..who knew!?!


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