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12 YA Books for Women’s History Month — Featuring Strong Female Protagonists

Welcome back! I’m trying out an idea to promote YA books for Women’s History Month, and I am excited to hear what you think! This is an experiment, so bear with me as I may tweak it between this week and next week.

SKIPPING THE SPOTLIGHT IN MARCH

This is a special thing I want to try for Women’s History Month. To allow time to put it together, I am going to skip the New Release Spotlight for the remainder of this month. TBH, I’m considering replacing the New Release Spotlight with a post like this every Tuesday instead, and I’d love to hear your feedback on that.

I’m pretty excited about it because I know how helpful it can be to have promotional library materials ready to go, and that is my aim with this post. If you have feedback or ideas for posts like this, please leave a comment or email me at leigh[at]readerpants[dot]net. I truly love hearing from you and want to be as helpful as I can.

Next Tuesday, I plan to do a similar post for middle grade titles (Grades 3-7) for Women’s History Month. The March 22 post will be dedicated to picture books, and the March 29 post will be…well, I’m not sure yet. Again, your feedback is greatly appreciated!

All of today’s titles are for high school. A few may be okay for middle school, but many are labeled Grades 9-12 in professional reviews.

Want to show this presentation to your students? Add a copy of “12 YA Titles for Women’s History Month” to your Google Drive.

Prefer to print it? Add a copy of “12 YA Titles for Women’s History Month” (letter-sized version) to your Google Drive.

Add a printable list of all 12 YA books for Women’s History Month to your Google Drive.

SOME YA BOOKS FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH ARE BRAND-NEW

This idea started with a plan to group new releases by themes within the New Release Spotlight, then put them together in a presentation you can use immediately in your libraries. When I started creating the presentation, however, I didn’t think it would be very helpful for librarians to show students all the new books the library doesn’t have yet (and maybe cannot get anytime soon).

So instead, I mixed a few new release titles with slightly older YA books for Women’s History Month. Hopefully, you have at least some of these older titles in your library. It’s also a chance to see what new releases your students are most interested in for the library.

The Lost Dreamer, Messy Roots, and One For All are all March 2022 releases. Hollow Fires will be released in May 2022. If you are a NetGalley member, both One for All and Hollow Fires are on there.

Act quickly on One for All because it will go away on NetGalley soon after it’s published on March 8, 2022. I just got my review copy of One for All today, so watch in the next couple of weeks for my “Librarian’s Perspective” review.

 

 

PREFER PPT OR PDF? HERE’S HOW TO CONVERT THE GOOGLE SLIDES VERSION:

This image shows how to download the YA Books for Women's History Month Google Slides presentation into a PPT or PDF. Click the link below the presentation to add it to your Google Drive. Then go to FILE--DOWNLOAD--and choose your format.Download a copy to your Google Drive (link above). From there, you can create a PowerPoint, PDF, or other format from there (FILE–DOWNLOAD–choose your format).

FEEL FREE TO EDIT AND ADD YOUR OWN TITLES

This presentation is totally editable, but please be careful not to edit the original version. This will change the entire presentation for everyone else, which you don’t want to do.

To ensure you are editing your own copy, be sure to use the link under the presentation to make a copy of the YA Titles for Women’s History Month presentation to your own Google Drive. Then, you can edit to your heart’s content!

THE FIRST SLIDE DOUBLES AS A DISPLAY SIGN!

If you are like me, you don’t change out your library displays as often as you’d like to. A lot of that problem for me was that I didn’t have time to make a new display sign. Until I got that sign created, I wouldn’t have a new display ready.

To make printing easier, I’ve created a US letter-sized version of this presentation. You can print directly from Google Slides, or you can save the presentation as a PDF and print the cover.

ALSO DOUBLES AS TOILET TALKERS (THIS PART IS MY FAVORITE!)

One of my favorite ways to promote library books is with Toilet Talkers. These are signs that I printed and put on the backs of the stall doors in student bathrooms around school. It’s the perfect location for a “captive audience” to read a description of a book from the library.

I recommend putting Toilet Talkers in student bathrooms after school. Or, you can ask student helpers to hang them for you. There is no need for you to be in a student restroom during school hours, plus some schools don’t allow staff in student restrooms anyway.

If you aren’t comfortable putting the Toilet Talkers in student restrooms, you can still place them in areas where students congregate or stand in line. Water fountains, the lunchroom line, bathroom sinks, and around the library are also great places to get student eyes on the Toilet Talkers.

MORE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Women's History Month Digital Bulletin Board -- Grades 7-12 for middle school and high school libraries.Looking for a longer scrolling slide presentation for Women’s History Month? This one includes facts, trivia, Would-You-Rathers, and other fun stuff for Women’s History. It works for both middle school and high school.

13 Comments

  • Love this idea!! I do a weekly booktalk for morning announcements and this will give me some great ideas! Thank you – as always – for your awesomeness!!!

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  • I would be very, very sad if you discontinued the New Release Spotlight. I am already missing it.

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    • I agree. I look forward to it every week. I am a middle level librarian and really benefit from the New Release Spotlight.

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    • I love the New Release Spotlight! It’s actually something I look forward to every Tuesday morning and love adding titles to our book order list.

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    • I agree. The new release spotlight is one of the highlights of my week. Please don’t abandon it completely.

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  • Thank you for this! I love the New Release Spotlight, but I would also welcome seeing something like this added into the mix. Having the new toilet talkers to add to the ones I’ve already purchased is a great perk!

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  • I LOVE your New Release Spotlight (please don’t discontinue!) but I also loved your change this week. I think I’m going to use them as some Shelf Talkers. Maybe a mix of both somehow?

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  • Can’t wait to see your middle grade presentation for Women’s History Month! This is great! Love the theme idea!!

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  • I’m also sad to see the New Release Spotlight go. I use it every single week to add to my to-purchase list for my library. Thanks for doing it as long as you did. Super helpful.

    Wishing you all the best.

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  • Please don’t discontinue the New Release Spotlight! What about doing it every other week, with themes like this week alternating? I look forward to seeing what is new and your descriptions to know what age/level it is appropriate for. In all seriousness, your weekly Spotlight is a great resource for librarians and teachers!!!

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  • I am also already missing the new release spotlight!! I use it to add books to my “wish list” for future purchases. I’ve gotten so many really good books based on the spotlight!! Thanks for all you do!!

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  • I love your new idea, and I’m looking forward to next week’s middle grade presentation! I also love, love, love the new release spotlight!! I really hope you don’t discontinue it! Either way, I’m so thankful for your amazing blog and all you share with us!

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  • Please, please, please don’t discontinue your New Release Spotlight! It is a vital resource for our library.

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