While I still haven’t published a YA book, I certainly can read them. If ever in need of something new to read for your own kids or students, be sure to check out “What’s Andrew Reading?” Tab.
While not all of the texts are YA – there’s some adult fiction and nonfiction on there too – you’ll notice a diverse mix of protagonists truly representative of our society today. You’ll also notice the issues they’re struggling with – gender, sexuality, race, origin – are far more contemporary than your standard us v. them The Outsiders plot line.
That is not to say there’s anything wrong with The Outsiders, which every child should have read by the time they’re going into eighth grade – still can’t beat that Dallas Winston. Instead, just know that there is so much more out there now.
Here’s another tip: Promote reading!!!!!
As parents, guardians and teachers, kids will actually take to reading if we actually practice what we preach. This simple act will positively and profoundly affect the next generation. As hard as it might be to believe, kids are impressionable and look to adults for guidance – whether we realize it or not.
Here’s some books I have been reading recently:
- Patron Saints of Nothing – Randy Ribay
- Internment – Samira Ahmed
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
- American Street – Ibi Zoboi
- All American Boys – Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
- The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali – Sabina Khan
- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
- White Awake – Daniel Hill
- White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
- Dear Martin – Nic Stone
- Bad Blood – John Carreyrou
- The Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah
- On The Come Up – Angie Thomas