Very Superstitious: Friday the 13th Reads

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Some people believe the number 13 is unlucky; this fear is called triskaidekaphobia.  When the 13th day of a month falls on a Friday, it's considered even more unlucky, especially if you break a mirror, walk under a ladder or a black cat crosses your path. If this makes you worried about something bad happening on Friday the […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Beats

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This post is the third in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and some of her most powerful tracks to date. […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Magical YA Fiction

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This post is the second in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and a distinct aesthetic. Love the way the style of Lemonade […]

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Teen Titles Celebrating Asian American Heritage

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Diverse titles can be hard to find, so to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I recommend the following stories, covering everything from being torn between two worlds to solving family mysteries and more. Born Confused shows what it feels like to be lost between two worlds. Dimple resists the traditional path of her parents for most […]

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Top Picks for Zine Fest

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Maybe you thought that zines, those self-published missives that pop up at independent media stores and events, were facing extinction because of computers and blogs. A trip to Chicago Zine Fest, April 29-30, would prove to you that the community is as vibrant and strong as ever. Many authors, and especially comic artists, started out in […]

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Teen Novels in Verse

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April’s here and it’s time to celebrate National Poetry Month! One of my favorite ways to explore poetry is through novels in verse (which are also a super quick read). Here are some of the latest and greatest to help you celebrate National Poetry Month. Wrestler Brendan struggles with his desire to be feminine and […]

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Feminism and Sexuality: A Short Discourse for Teens

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Women's History Month has passed, but I'd still like to spend a moment longer celebrating women's strengths, wisdom and beauty, as well as honoring and respecting their bodies and sexuality. As teens become more aware of their bodies, and begin to explore their sexuality, it's important for them to have positive feelings about themselves and, when […]

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World Autism Awareness Day Is April 2

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Hey teens, have you ever heard someone say: he is so autistic? I'm sure you've heard similar phrases, like weird, dumb or retarded. People everywhere are labeling and ostracizing others for being different. In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, let's celebrate and learn how to better support neuro-diverse learners who simply don't "fit the norm." Same but […]

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