LGBTQ YA Books to Look Out for This Year

Hello! My name is April, and I’m a residential MLIS student. I am iYouth’s secretary. I am primarily interested in teen/young adult services, and I am particularly interested in serving LGBTQ teens. So I am going to share some of my most anticipated upcoming YA releases that feature LGBTQ characters!

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.”
Release date: October 4, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie




Our Own Private Universe
by Robin Talley



“In Our Own Private Universe, fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.”
Release date: January 31, 2017
What to read while you’re waiting: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour



Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden. Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.”
Release date: November 22, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Huntress by Malinda Lo


True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan



“If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.”
Release date: June 7, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo




“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.”
This one’s out now!



Images and blurbs are from Goodreads.


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Fun and Fantastic Kid’s Library Programs in Seattle

Hi, my name is Alexa and I am a residential Master of Library and Information Science student and the new Treasurer of iYouth!


I was a preschool teacher before I started graduate school, so I am interested in programming for young children in libraries – who doesn’t love a good magic show or read-aloud? I have a particular affection for the weird, wonderful programs that give children a glimpse into topics they might otherwise not have been aware of.


Personally, I have great memories of library programming. One that comes to mind is a children’s concert by (what is still my favorite children’s band) Kit and Kaboodle. We went to this concert as a summer activity through the daycare my mom worked at, and my little five year old mind was blown. The library put on my first concert, and I still have the CD.


I’m going to highlight some of the most interesting programming available for children in the Seattle area this summer.  All are free, and all are fantastic opportunities for the children of Seattle.


June 4th, 2016: Drag Queen Story time at Greenwood Library.


story time




Join Sparkle Leigh for inclusive stories to kick off the PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop. This is a great, inclusive event for all ages!  


More info at:


Weekly/Monthly at High Point Public Library: Tinkerlab (Drop-In), Tinkerlab Commons



This STEM-based program introduces concepts through play and experimentation. The drop-in Tinkerlab allows for self-directed learning, while the monthly Tinkerlab Commons brings in staff and inventor kits to build incredible things! This is a great way to bring creativity and fun to the library.


More info at:


Sunday, July 31st: Free Ballard Movies: Goonies



Who doesn’t love Goonies?  Free at Ballard library, you don’t even have to buy the popcorn!

More info at:


Let us know whether you’re planning to participate in any of these activities, or if you have any great memories of library programs.


All pictures are from Seattle Public Library’s website.


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Bilingual Picture Books!

Happy Cinco de Mayo all! My name is Meredith- I’m a first year residential student in the MLIS program, and am the new publicity officer for iYouth! I am interested in youth librarianship on an international level as well as on a domestic community level.

Not only was Cinco de Mayo yesterday, but April 30th was the culmination of Dia de los ninos which emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. A great way to accomplish this is to stock your library (or your house) with bilingual picture books.  This will introduce new languages and cultures to children at early ages, bilingual picture books a great for children from bilingual families, and for kids and adults alike learning new languages.

Below are a few Spanish/English bilingual picture books that you can explore!


suenosSweet Dreams/Dulce Suenosby Pat Mora, illustrated by Maribel Suarez

A great little book about every kid’s favorite time, bed time.





ratonPintura de raton/Mouse Paint-by Ellen Stoll Walsh

A bilingual board book about a cute, mischievous mouse

learning about colors.





Un gato y un perro/A cat and a dog- by Claire Masurel, illustrated by Bob Kolar, translated by Antreasyan

An easy reader about a cat and a dog who just can’t seem to get along.