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Summer Kick-Off: 8 YA Books to Bring With You to the Beach & Elsewhere!









Summer's just begun, and though it doesn't look like the summer of last year, you can still safely enjoy outings—and any of these books would make a lovely companion.       99 Days by Katie Cotungo From the acclaimed author of How to Love comes another stunning contemporary novel, perfect...
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Black Lives Matter Contemporary Fiction





















Black Lives Matter Contemporary Fiction Don't miss out on these fantastic “Own Voices” reads by award winning Black authors     Piecing Me Together By: Renee Watson 2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success...
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Shopping for Books? Try These Black-Owned Bookstores!















Black-Owned Bookstores For those of you getting ready to buy books on your TBR list, here are some Black-owned bookstores that you can support with your purchases:      Sister's Uptown New York, NY   http://www.sistersuptownbookstore.com/ [sistersuptownbookstore.com]          The Lit Bar The Bronx, NY     http://www.thelitbar.com/ [thelitbar.com]...
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10 LGBTQ Books by Black Authors!











  IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY by Claire Kann https://www.clairekann.com/ Description: Claire Kann's If It Makes You Happy is a coming-of-age novel about a young girl learning to embrace her cultural and sexuality identity.   Winnie is living her best fat girl life and is on her way to the best...
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Must Read! 10 Amazing Contemporaries by Black Authors!











***List provided by YABC Staffer Stephanie Augustine***     The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds     https://www.goodreads.com/ book/show/21490991-the-boy-in- the-black-suit     This Side of Home by Renee Watson         https://www.goodreads.com/ book/show/22392935-this-side- of-home     The Voice in My Head by Dana Davis    ...
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PRESS RELEASE: 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced

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2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced   Winners of the annual Sydney Taylor Book Award were announced by the Association of Jewish Libraries today in Philadelphia, PA at the Youth Media Awards announcement at the American Library Association. Named in memory of Sydney Taylor, author of the classic  All-of-a-Kind Family...
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10 Highly Anticipated September YA Releases

Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns Book 4) by [Blake, Kendare]
Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper Book 4) by [Maniscalco, Kerri]
American Royals by [McGee, Katharine]
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by [Young, Adrienne]
Serpent & Dove by [Mahurin, Shelby]
Frankly in Love by [Yoon, David]
Red at the Bone: A Novel by [Woodson, Jacqueline]
Bid My Soul Farewell by [Revis, Beth]
There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness Book 1) by [Pool, Katy Rose]
Sword and Pen (The Great Library Book 5) by [Caine, Rachel]
10 Highly Anticipated September YA Releases     School is back in session for some of you, and for the rest, the school year is approaching fast! September is upon us, and with it comes new releases! Below are just a handful of our most anticipated releases. Browse below and add to your ever-growing TBR!...
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School Days: Get Back-To-School Ready With this Mix of School-Themed Reads!
















  School Days: Get Back-To-School Ready With this Mix of School-Themed Reads!     Back-to-school season is upon us. I know, I know. We're not ready either! There will be no more sandy beaches, long-languid evenings, or summer-time fun with friends to look forward to. But, school can be cool too! Just think you'll...
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Press Release: Check Out These 11 Children's Books By Your Favorite Celebrities!!

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At the end of the long day, sometimes nothing beats curling up with your little one and reading them a bedtime story. Not only are children’s books a great way to explore visual learning, but they can also help strengthen reading skills and allow imaginations to soar. And while many picture...
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YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ June 24th, 2019

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Hello YABC'ers! Welcome to the weekly post by the Staff at YA Books Central called Current Reads Monday! We love everything bookish and just wanted to share with our readers what books we are currently reading and obsessing about! So check out what books the YABC Staff are currently reading below...
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