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What’s NEW in Young Adult Literature

and How to Use It In Your Program: 2014
(Grades 6-12)

Presented by Patti Tjomsland
Outstanding Library/Media Specialist, Author and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Secondary Teachers, School Librarians and Public Librarians

  • A comprehensive overview of the best new books for young adults published in the past year
  • Practical, ready-to-use ideas for selecting and utilizing the best new young adult literature across your curriculum
  • Outstanding suggestions for promoting young adult reading
  • Learn what’s next in the popular series fiction your teens ask for
  • An extensive young adult literature resource handbook filled with annotated booklists, ready-to-use ideas, themes, activities, and more valuable and practical ideas

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this outstanding NEW seminar, Patti Tjomsland will share the best NEW books for young adults, all of which have just recently been published. Patti will go beyond familiarizing you with the best of the newly published titles to share highly practical strategies for using these outstanding books in your classroom or library. This daylong seminar will be filled with great new books, innovative and creative ideas, enthusiasm, exciting curriculum connections, and news about authors that are all too good for young adults to miss.

All participants will leave with extensive annotated bibliographies in a comprehensive resource handbook full of outstanding ideas that you can immediately put to use to motivate and inspire your young adult readers.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Preview the Best New Young Adult Books
    Thousands of new books for young adults are published annually … Learn about the BEST of the most recently published young adult books
  2. Incorporate the Best New Books into Your Classroom or Library Curriculum
    Learn innovative strategies for utilizing the best new books for young adults to enhance content instruction as well as your library program
  3. Get Suggestions for the Best New Dystopian Literature
    What do you read after The Hunger Games? Patti will share the latest Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction your students will devour
  4. Discover New Books Organized by the Common Core State Standards for Reading
    You will receive a list of new books all organized by the general areas of the Common Core State Standards for reading
  5. Discover Current Trends in Young Adult Literature
    Find out what is happening in the teen publishing world and how you can use these trends to get teens reading
  6. New Ideas for Getting Teens to Talk About Books
    Research shows teens are influenced by peer book recommendations … Get fresh ideas to encourage students to talk about books
  7. Engage Reluctant Teen Readers with Fast-Paced Titles
    Find out which new titles will captivate the interest of your reluctant teen readers
  8. Learn About New Titles in Favorite Teen Series
    Learn what’s next in the popular series fiction your teens ask for … Find out how to keep up with the latest hot series titles
  9. Discover the Best Fantasy and Paranormal Novels for Teens
    Discover the hot new fantasy titles and series before your students start asking for them
  10. Book-Talking 2.0
    Get students reading by using Web 2.0 tools to introduce the best young adult books to your classes … Discover ways to use QR codes to promote titles

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Discover new titles by authors who have proven their popularity with teens … Gain ideas to tie these titles to the curriculum
  • Practical ideas, tips and suggestions for incorporating relevant teen books across all content areas for grades 6-12
  • How to find “clean reads” for your students … Get a list of the 2014 “clean reads” …
  • Learn the web resources that will help identify possible issues in specific teen titles
  • What’s new in a variety of genres
  • Debut authors teens don’t want to miss
  • Excellent novels to use in teaching young adults in the classroom or library
  • Discover some of the best literature to use with teens
  • Learn about the selection process award committees use from a current member of the
  • Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Excellence in Nonfiction Award Committee
  • Practical lesson ideas that work with almost any book
  • Best online resources for keeping current with young adult titles
  • Extensive lists and annotated bibliographies of authors and titles in a variety of genres
  • Receive a list of non-fiction titles that suport the Common Core State Standards for informational text
  • Innovative strategies and ideas for outstanding book talks by adults and teens … Find places on the Web for ready-to-use booktalks
  • The best new books to motivate reluctant readers
  • New verse novels and poetry for young adults
  • Get the most for your money when purchasing young adult books
  • Receive a list of book suggestions to coordinate with Six Trait writing
  • Utilizing the Web to introduce authors, gather book guide ideas, gain insights about selected books, and ideas for using new books with readers

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I admit it. I was a kid who read with a flashlight under the covers. I was the one the librarian was happy to see. I read most of the books in my elementary school library and the bookmobile stopped in my driveway in the summer. I’m still a reader. I get excited when I see a new book. My family has to drag me out of bookstores. You know the story; you’re a reader too.

It is my belief that a reader is hiding inside every student. All we have to do is find the right book, the right story, to bring that reader to the surface. Of course, the challenge is finding that book. You’ve all experienced that moment when you match the teen and the story. It’s magic! During the course of the day, I will share a variety of titles that will help you make that special connection. We will talk about the new books for 2014 that teens will want to read.

With less money available in our book budgets, it is even more important than ever that we find the best books for our students. Books that will get those resistant readers reading. Books that will stimulate exciting discussions in the classroom. Books that will inspire our students to finish one book and pick up another.

In this time of budget crunches, we don’t have the excess funds to purchase shelf-sitters. I’ll help you find the books that will be read and the books you can teach. This year, in addition to the newly released hardbacks, I’m going to talk about a number of books that skipped the hardback release and went straight to paperback. Books that cost less than $10. I’ll share a list of my top, current choices as well as my top picks from the last few years.

I’m looking forward to spending the day together, doing what readers love to do: talk about books. As Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune said, “Reading is a discount coupon to everywhere.” Let’s get our students started on the journey.

Sincerely,
Patti Tjomsland

P.S. If you are looking for the best new books that will engage and motivate your teen readers, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, School Librarians/Media Specialists, Public Librarians, Library Aides, Title I Staff, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive a new one of a kind resource handbook featuring an annotated bibliography of the best new young adult books published in the last year with practical strategies for using these titles in all areas of your program. The handbook includes:

  • Ready-to-use activities and resources so that you can immediately utilize the best new books for teens in your program
  • Extensive topic and subject oriented annotated bibliographies
  • Book-sharing ideas and resources
  • Internet sites that enhance the reading experience and keep you up-to-date
  • Suggestions for book reports, book projects and presentations
  • Access to a website made specifically to supplement this seminar

New Young Adult Books on Display
Many newly published titles for teens will be available for participants to personally review.

Consultation Available
Patti Tjomsland will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the most recently published books for young adults and about strategies for sharing them.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!