Today, I am reviewing the growth and a few of the milestones of Dr. Bickmore’s YA Wednesday after seven years of keeping this blog active. I also want to offer some help to those of you that are teaching in any format during these trying times. Do you need a break in your classroom? I would like to help.
Oh! And because a blog needs visuals, I am going to put a few pictures of some of my favorite authors and one of their books.
Visiting Classrooms and Giving a Book Talk
I want to help. I am happy to visit your in person or virtual classroom as a guest expert on YA literature (Free through the rest of the year.). I can Zoom in for a discussion/lecture of an author, a book award, a genre—verse novels, historical fiction, nonfiction, or I can book talk a couple of classic YA books or voice my opinion of a few new releases. Contact me through a comment on the blog, send me a private message through FACEBOOK, or send me note in my UNLV email.
Why the Project Started
A year later and after another Summit at LSU, I moved to UNLV. The Summit took a hiatus as I learned my way around a new university and made contacts throughout Las Vegas. In the meantime, I kept writing and recruiting contributors for the blog. I sent our more annoying emails and learned more about websites and about how to use social media. For the last three years the blog has averaged more than a 250,000 unique visits and many more page views. Thank you.
Additions and Growth
Others have also contributed to the weekend picks: Jenny Paulsen, Jon Ostenson, Shanetia Clark, Stephanie Toliver, Tiye Cort, Georgia McBride, Nancy Johnson, Shelly Shaffer, Morgan Jackson, Rob Bittner, and Katie Sluiter. There are few more folks waiting in the wings for their turn. If you want to take on a month, send me a note.
Other Uses of the Blog
If you teach a YA course, I think you will find one or more of these sections useful, especially the contributions of others. If you are classroom teacher, I think you might find the blog posts an interesting way for you to think about how you might use YA in the classroom. In addition, I think that the Weekend Picks can be a convenient place for your students to browse for new reading options. Librarians can help teachers organize and sort information quickly if they are familiar with the blog. Finally, as a parent the weekend picks can help you see current trends and established YA novels that are grabbing the interest of scholars and teachers that work with YA literature all of the time.