Up until the book club ended in May, I kept a list of all the books we'd read on the book clubs page of the website. Now that I'm using a different format for the newsletters, with multiple book recommendations each time, and themes tying them together, that list seems unwieldy for the purpose of archiving. So I'm posting here the links to the newsletters themselves, from April until the August edition that just went out this past week. And I'll plan to keep updating!
Big Blue YA News -- Kids' Lit Fest, Final Meetings, and Verse Novels!
Big Blue YA News -- Final Gathering (a Party!), Social Action, and Recommendations!*
Big Blue YA News -- Steampunk, Harry Potter, and Homemade Cookies!
Big Blue YA News -- Rise of Fascism and WWII**, Pretzels and Soda, and Pokémon GO!
Big Blue YA News -- Reality in Fantasy, Writers and Their Writing, and More Harry Potter Events
Big Blue YA News -- Village Fair, Combating Xenophobia, and still more Harry Potter!
Big Blue YA News -- Dystopias, Speculative and Real...or Coming Soon
Big Blue YA News -- Independence, Slavery, and Standing Rock. VOTE!
Big Blue YA News -- No Name-Calling: Standing Up, and Fighting Back!
Note: There's a link in this newsletter to an interview that disappeared from the Girls Who Code website (and then reappeared later), and so the link in the newsletter is broken. Here's the correct link to the interview with Andrea Gonzales.
Big Blue YA News -- Series to Read and Reread, Store Bestsellers, and Activism!
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* The recommendations for May are two books about trans students already presenting as their truer selves and dealing with whether/how to come out to people in their schools, with questions of trust and of the perceptual differences between secrecy and privacy.***
** Themes for July and for September through December chosen with current political events in mind.
*** FYI, in the April-June newsletters, the link to our QUILTBAG books blog post (particularly relevant for May) is broken, though it was corrected starting in July.