These are the Young Adult books from the 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society. Part I from the list of picture books is here and Part II of middle grade books is here.
Best Multicultural Young Adult Books for Teens
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Did you know that there was an Apartheid system in Panama during the construction of the canal? Whites were paid in gold and those of color, much lower wages — in silver. Margarita Engle’s background as a botanist and agronomist is evident as she tells a story of the ecological impact of the Panama Canal as well as the Civil Rights story that is largely unknown.
I have an interview with Margarita Engle on Silver People at the Multicultural Children’s Book Day blog. [novel in verse, ages 12 and up]
I’ve been to many author book signing events since I start blogging including very popular authors like Rick Riordan where fans stood in a line that snaked around the building! But I have never waited in line for two hours just for a book signing; there wasn’t even a presentation or talk involved!
Have you heard of Michelle Phan? She’s a YouTube beauty and fashion vlogger rockstar with over 7 mllion subscribers and a growing media empire that includes a beauty sample subscription service called Ipsy, her own make up line Em and now a book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off. How does one become a YouTube rockstar? It’s a pretty simple formula:
- Step 1: Make your own videos
- Step 2: Get them to go viral
- Step 3: Do this every week for nine years
Step 3, of course, is the hard part. Michelle says its easy to make a video and get it to go viral. It’s about doing something outrageous and then timing the release of the video. But to do this weekly? That’s where the real work comes in.
Now that my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, is starting high school this September we have started thinking more concretely about college for her. She wants to go to art school, with Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) being a top choice.
College Majors that Lead to High Paying Jobs
My brother-in-law sent me this link of the Worst and Best College Majors according to Kiplingers. It’s based on data from Payscale.com and Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Kiplingers looked for majors whose graduates—both recent grads (within the past five years) and those well into their careers—face a brutal combination of low compensation and high unemployment.
I’ve been in the staffing industry for years and have hired lots of college graduates in a variety of entry level positions. So here’s my take on this survey:
- A College Degree is the new High School Diploma. And it’s caveat …
- A Master’s Degree is the new College Degree.
- A degree in one these Top 10 Worst Degrees from a Top 10 Best College will mean a job for most graduates.
- How well you do in college counts.
- An Internship experience will pave the way for a real job. It’s worth it to work for free.
- You are your own product. How you market yourself counts for a lot.
- A poor Social Media footprint can cost you a job offer as can bad credit. Read more…
Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Dads and Moms
Is the stocking the first thing your kids tear into? It is for us! We have a rule that everyone gets to open one present the night before Christmas. Then, on Christmas day, we open presents together which means waiting for the last person to wake up, usually me because I am not a morning person. Read more…
International Student Volunteer Opportunities
Please welcome my guest author, Elizabeth Leonard, founder of Blue Bridge Project. Her organization helps high school students get placed in international hands-on service projects to help them with future endeavors like getting into the college of their dreams. Read more…
Try this Chart to Find Perfect Book for Teen
How do you find the perfect book? Do you ask friends? Do you google book? Do you ever wish there was a magical book finder for you? Well, this flow chart should help teens find books that are perfect for you. It’s great for adults too! Happy reading! Read more…
Great Gifts for Young Graduates
I can’t believe that the end of the school year is rapidly approaching! My kids gleefully report in with the final school day count on a weekly basis. 24 days to go! Whether it’s a preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, grad school or colleague leaving for new job, there seems to be an endless occasions for graduation gifts. Here’s my list with different price points, with of course, always a picture book to celebrate the achievement! Read more…