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Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.
 
A podcast all about sewing! My goal is to help you learn to sew with useful tips and techniques, easy sewing projects, book reviews, sewing tool recommendations and recommendations to other online sewing resources.
 
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Tune in to hear about what it means to be a YA lit advocate and what YA advocacy work can look like. You'll learn strategies you can use to challenge misconceptions about YA lit. You'll also hear about a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles you can recommend to teen readers.
 
See the podcast show notes on my website here if you are viewing these show notes in a podcast app. Visit the Easy Sewing for Beginners pattern shop here! In this Easy Sewing for Beginners Podcast I chat to Emily Thompson from Nap-Time Creations all about sewing with knit fabrics! You can also listen to this podcast through iTunes! **This post may …
 
I love sewing books! They offer so much in the way of inspiration for the next sewing project and are even lovely just to browse through. I recently ran a kids sewing workshop and found a whole stack of books with sewing projects for kids. I was especially interested in the books that also teach kids how to sew in the form of built in lessons. Ther…
 
Tune in to hear about specific things you can do to find the YA community at NCTE Annual Convention. You'll learn about the kinds of YA lit sessions that typically appear on the program, and you'll hear tips from YA advocates about how to make the most of the opportunity to meet authors, discover new books, and connect with others who love young ad…
 
See the podcast show notes on my website here if you are viewing these show notes in a podcast app. In this Easy Sewing for Beginners Podcast I chat to Trixi Symonds from Coloured Buttons all about her sewing adventures and her newest creation, Sew A Softie Day! Hear more about Sew A Softie and how you can participate. If there was anything that we…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about what goes on behind the scenes in audiobook production. You'll also hear samples from an array of distinguished audio titles including YA classics as well as newer works of contemporary realistic fiction, dystopian fiction, historical fiction, and novels written in verse.…
 
Today's YA readers benefit from knowing the wise elders of our field: those who promoted, defended, and celebrated young adult literature when doing so was far less popular than it is now. Tune in to hear about Patty Campbell: teen services librarian, writer/critic, and significant influence on the field.…
 
On this episode I’ve invited my good friend, Janine, on the podcast to talk all things fabric. Janine has a passion for sewing and has been sewing since she was 7 years old. She has taught sewing through Home Economics at a secondary level for six years now and previously studied sewing at an industry level through TAFE (that’s Technical and Furthe…
 
Tune in to hear testimonials from a variety of this year's attendees. Some are relatively new to ALAN, while others have been involved for years. What they all have in common is a passion for the workshop and a willingness to talk about their experience with others.
 
In the world of young adult literature, some of today's best and most powerful stories are being told by authors of nonfiction. Tune in to hear Candace Fleming discuss the origins of The Family Romanov, research as a process of questioning, and how authors of nonfiction are pushing the envelope in books for today's teens.…
 
In This Episode Where I’ve been for the last two months Getting back into the habit of sewing A great Craftsy class for beginner sewers a quick tip to prolong the life of your tension discs Keep scrolling to find links to things I’ve talked about in this episode… See a cute pic of Jordan (and Elyse) on my previous blog post Leo Babauta’s website Ze…
 
Even if they are few in number, diverse books do exist. Tune in to hear about recently-published YA titles that celebrate diversity in a range of genres. There's something for every reader here: comic book superheroes, Civil Rights history, love stories, humorous essays, poetry, artwork, and stories of suspense.…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about teens who are dealing with a range of obstacles and hardships. Odd as it may sound, some of the books are funny. Others are suspenseful page-turners. What they all have in common is a main character who finds him or herself in a terrible situation, but finds a way to respond with strength and hope.…
 
Many teens enjoy reading up—choosing books where the main character is just a few years older than they are, and then reading in order to imagine what their life might become. Together the titles in this episode show teens the range of paths to adulthood and the struggles that are a natural part of the process.…
 
Given the current level of energy and enthusiasm for young adult literature, now is a good time to pause and look beyond current bestsellers to older, lesser-known titles: that is, young adult novels from the past that never grabbed the popular culture spotlight but are still worth reading.
 
In This Episode: I interview my local sewing machine technician to get some helpful tips and advice for how to maintain and care for your sewing machine at home. I’m out and about interviewing Malcolm Vaughan from Vaughans Shoe Store and Sewing Centre in my local area. He has been servicing sewing machines for 25 years, so lets just say he knows a …
 
In This Episode A new easy sewing project from me A softie sew along from Abby Glassenberg with a cool prize A recommended resource for one of my favourite magazines An update on my sewing machine buying guide A recommended sewing podcast that you should listen to You can now subscribe to this podcast in iTunes! Click here. Links to Things Talked A…
 
If there is anyone in the world of children's and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it's Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – bo…
 
The second podcast is here! This is the place to find all the notes and links from the episode. Enjoy and let me know what you think! In This Episode What to consider when buying your first sewing machine – features to look out for Podcast recommendation – about sewing, of course! An easy sewing project for you Quick sewing tip Resource recommendat…
 
In this episode, you'll hear about a variety of books that may deepen our thinking about complex texts, including collections of poems and works of historical fiction, graphic novels and informational texts, and novels built on interwoven storylines. Together they offer reading options for teens with diverse interests, tastes, and sensibilities.…
 
It's rare to find historical fiction that weaves rich period detail into the lives of memorable and endearing characters, but Rita Williams-Garcia's middle-grade novels One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven do just that. Tune in to hear Rita explain how she drew on personal and historical contexts to develop her characters and tell their story. You'l…
 
We’re back (better late than never, right?)! We saw “300: Rise of an Empire” and it was a treat. Overly 3D-focused, continuity issues, Eva Green boobs and a special, narcissistic look into our very own Oscar picks. http://reelrecommendations.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/episode-5.mp3 Guys, excuse the noise in the background (dog crying/shaking/scrat…
 
Teen book awards provide an annual guide for readers in search of quality young adult literature reading recommendations. In her sixth annual celebration of the year's most distinguished books for teens, Jennifer introduces her personal favorites. Tune in to hear about coming of age novels, works of original historical research, and tributes to the…
 
Books about teens who are living with disability highlight the courage and emotional strength that disabled people can summon. They also challenge us to reflect on how we treat disabled people in our own lives. Tune in to hear about young people who are coping with birth defects and cerebral palsy; autism, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive di…
 
Tune in to hear Judy Blume talk about how she got her start and learned the craft of writing from her long-time editor, Dick Jackson; what it's like returning to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is the setting for her current novel; and how she's responded to the many parodies and tributes that seal her place in popular culture.…
 
With each annual crop of new nonfiction, teens have the opportunity to discover and explore new disciplinary worlds. Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published nonfiction titles that will engage teens in learning about history, science, economics, and medicine. You'll hear about junk food and advertising, the atomic bomb and civil rights,…
 
Young adult literature about teens and trauma provides a window into mental illness and the toll it takes on young people. Stories of teens who are dealing with depression, anger, or the wish to die can be difficult to read, but they are important. They give voice to a particular kind of suffering, and they help us develop a deeper understanding of…
 
This weekend we saw “12 Years a Slave” and “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” What did we think about it? Why don’t you just hit play already and find out? (This episode is a short one, but next week’s will be longer.) http://reelrecommendations.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/episode-4.mp3Mark Zavala
 
This week we invited a few friends over and talked about our favorite Halloween movies. Rape is undermined by horrible outfits, torture porn horror is laughed at for being a sub-genre, and someone makes a Sarah-Jessica-Parker-looks-like-a-witch remark. We laugh, we cringe, we slur our speech in the Halloween episode of Reel Recommendations. http://…
 
We saw “Gravity” and we… well, why don’t you just listen and hear what we thought. Starring yet again Tatiana Torres — our amazing guest from episode 1 — we delve into what makes this movie so good. Also, we ponder what’s going on at the box office this week. http://reelrecommendations.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/ep-2.mp3…
 
Kristin Cashore is one of those rare authors whose books are deep and beautiful, and whose work helps readers gain perspective on their own lives. Tune in to hear about Kristin's process of writing Bitterblue, how music helps her with writing, and how she copes when writing gets hard.
 
A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.
 
In this episode, you'll hear about books in a range of genres that give teens insight into the social and political conditions young people face around the globe. Together they offer a sustained look at war, poverty, and the struggle for human rights, but they also speak volumes about ordinary people and their capacity for hope and resilience.…
 
Tune in to hear about an array of nonfiction books on teen sexuality – some about the mechanics of sex, some about the media and body image, some written by teens themselves. You'll hear about books for older as well as younger readers, boys as well as girls, gay teens as well as those who are straight or questioning.…
 
When it comes to motivating and inspiring teens to read, teen librarians have a lot to teach us. You'll hear about the approaches two teen librarians take to their work with teen readers, ways they go about sharing and promoting new titles, plus a short list of their favorite books for teens.
 
All readers want to see themselves reflected in the pages of books. Works of Latino literature for teens focus on the experiences of young people from Spanish-speaking countries and cultures. In honor of El Día de los Niños, tune in to hear about a variety of books that celebrate the Latino cultural experience in literature.…
 
Each year the America Library Association's list of teen book awards provides readers with a huge variety of quality reading recommendations. You'll hear about stories of espionage, climate change, and dragons; middle school theater, political revolutions, coping with cancer, and more.
 
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