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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 3
    Frederick Douglass began publication of The North Star today in 1847.
    Students read and discuss an editorial written by Frederick Douglass and then write the opening editorial for a contemporary publication devoted to a social cause important to them.
  2. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Gay and Lesbian Characters in Young Adult Literature
    Tune in to hear about the many ways in which contemporary authors are including gay, lesbian, and transgender characters in their novels for teens, and listen for recommendations of new titles on these topics.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    Guideline on The Students' Right to Read
    The current edition of The Students' Right to Read is an adaptation and updating of the original Council statement, including "Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of a Work."
  4. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project
    It's Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children's Book about the Weather
    Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.
  5. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    New and Noteworthy Books for Teens
    Tune in to hear book talks on some of the best titles published in 2009-titles that will keep teens reading once summer is over.
  6. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Nonfiction Roundup
    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, bird watching and volcanoes books written in a variety of formats for a variety of teen readers.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   10 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit
    Seeking Social Justice Through Satire: Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"
    This lesson assists advanced students in grades 1012 in comprehending Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and developing a presentation to satirize a contemporary social issue.
  8. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    Teens as Change Agents
    Books featuring teens as change agents call attention to young people who are lobbying for change in their schools, communities, and the larger world. Tune in to hear about teens who work for change by participating in political campaigns, defying social hierarchies, and even going to war.
  9. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    The Post 9/11 Landscape
    Hear how graphic novels place the events of 9/11 in historical context, how war stories put a human face on the costs of military conflict, and how YA novels imagine roles that teens can play in working for a better world.
  10. Parent & Afterschool Resources | Grades   6 – 12  |  Podcast Episode
    #weneeddiversebooks
    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.

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