Dark Academia is a subculture, or aesthetic, that has increased in popularity over the last year. It revolves heavily around reading, writing, academic life, and Greek and Gothic architectural styles. These books offer twists and turns, while encompassing the Dark Academia style.
A first book by the prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist shares personal essays that chronicle his childhood, adolescence and college years as a Black queer youth, exploring subjects ranging from gender identity and toxic masculinity to structural marginalization and Black joy.
Black Lives Matter is a social movement that began with a hashtag protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013. Over the next three years, thirty Black Lives Matter chapters opened throughout the country and thousands of activists took to the streets to protest the deaths and inhumane treatment of black folks, particularly by police brutality. Today, Black Lives Matter continues to grow and serves as a rallying cry for hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
The following booklists include materials that affirm Black lives, discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, and address the fight for racial justice in America.
Yesterday the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of the year, including the Pura Belpré Award. The Association for Library Service to Children presents the Pura Belpré Award to the Latinx writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.
Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.
How can we be good citizens? Now is a great time to explore the topic at home and learn new ways to be good to each other. Try making a list of ways to help in your community and check off as many as you can!
Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section.