YA Friday: Four Years Later…

It's been FOUR years since the first YA Friday post. Since then, there have been over 200 uninterrupted weeks of YA recommendations, 47 monthly wrap-ups, over 3,000 recommended books, and over 25,000 page views!

YA Friday has continued to flourish, with other staff members collaborating on YA Friday posts, sharing some of their favorite books, and creating themed feature posts to look forward to each month.

In honor of YA Friday's fourth birthday, I highlighted some of my favorite blog posts from this past year.

YA Friday: Zodiac Signs as YA Books - Libra

Astrology is a trendy favorite, and matching books with each sign was something I looked forward to doing every month! And the Libra blog was my favorite, naturally. ?‍♀️

YA Friday: SOUR

We love a music to books blog! If you loved Olivia Rodrigo's debut album SOUR, these books about heartbreak, healing, or getting even might make the perfect pairing for your next listen.

YA Friday: The Mock Printz "Prince" Awards 2022

Discussing YA books with others is one of my favorite things to do as a librarian, and in this mock committee, we get to learn such awesome skills while having fun with our coworkers and vote on some of our favorite YA books published over the past year.

YA Friday: Women's Stories

Leizel celebrated Women's History Month with some biographies and profiles of women from all over the world. If you are looking for some strong female protagonists in historical fiction, check out our booklist!

YA Friday: 24 Hours

24-hour stories are some of my favorites. There's something special about books that can tell their story in the span of a single day. So much is packed into such a short period of time, and it creates a sense of immediacy that is integral to the teen experience. Life-altering events are the catalyst for changes for the rest of their lives in these novels and the characters, and sometimes the reader is never the same afterward.

YA Friday: Celebrating Trans & Non-Binary Voices

Michelle highlighted a handful of recent and brand-new titles written by trans and non-binary authors and featuring queer characters of all kinds for Trans Day of Visibility, which is celebrated every March 31 to raise awareness of the discrimination, violence, and other issues transgender and non-binary folks face around the world, but to also lift up and amplify the voices of transgender and non-binary folks, their stories, and their triumphs, too!