New Young Adult Speculative Fiction July 2020

I come bearing gifts of great reading! Here’s a comprehensive guide to young adult speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) being published in July 2020. Up first is a short list of the books I highly recommend, followed by a long list of basically every book being published.

Get your library cards and indie bookstore pre-orders ready, y’all.

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YA Book Bundles – Horror and Mysteries

Libraries – especially public libraries – are gearing up for reopening or are rethinking what and how services might work in the future. One of those options we should be considering are book boxes or bundles. Many libraries are already offering them or, as in the case with my system, in development. With patron access to our buildings restricted or limited, now is the perfect time to implement or expand this service.

Since many libraries don’t have staff who specialize in teen services or aren’t able to carve out the time to design reader’s advisory lists, I figured I’d help my professional colleagues out. Each set of recommendations contain five YA books that are either already published as of summer 2020. Preference given to #ownvoices, marginalized authors and characters, and books teens are unlikely to read for school. Feel free to borrow or build on these sets.

Click here to see other bundles.

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Publishers and Diversity – YA SFF/H 2020

In light of the ongoing conversation about diversity in publishing, I decided to take a look at the stats for 2020. For the last few years I’ve kept track of all the books being published in young adult speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror). This year I started tracking whether or not the author is BIPOC and if the author and/or characters have marginalized identities (such as disability, being queer, BIPOC, etc.). Jumping off of that, I broke out the stats for the Big 6 publishing houses and other smaller companies that are publishing more than 5 YA SFF/H books this year.

I intend to continue collecting this data for future years and doing comparisons, but here’s where we stand as of 2020.

There were 294 young adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror books published by 31 publishing companies in 2020. Of those, 26% were by BIPOC authors, and 39% were either by authors with marginalized identities or featured a main character/cast with marginalized identities.

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New Young Adult Speculative Fiction June 2020

I come bearing gifts of great reading! Here’s a comprehensive guide to young adult speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) being published in June 2020. Up first is a short list of the books I highly recommend, followed by a long list of basically every book being published.

Get your library cards and indie bookstore pre-orders ready, y’all.

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Clones, Sirens, and Dragons: New Young Adult Speculative Fiction for June & July 2020

The pandemic may have put a dent in the spring publication schedule, but the June and July releases are barreling forward full steam ahead. Lots of new and returning series, lots of debuts, and lots of fresh and exciting work from long-time authors. My bookshelves are already protesting all the titles I’m about to add to my TBR…

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YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 2

I’ve worked in libraries for eleven years now and have worked specifically with teens for the last four. In other words, I’ve been asked for books in just about every topic imaginable.

Libraries – especially public libraries – are gearing up for reopening or are rethinking what and how services might work in the future. One of those options we should be considering are book boxes or bundles. Many libraries are already offering them or, as in the case with my system, in development. With patron access to our buildings restricted or limited, now is the perfect time to implement or expand this service.

Since many libraries don’t have staff who specialize in teen services or aren’t able to carve out the time to design reader’s advisory lists, I figured I’d help my professional colleagues out. Each set of recommendations contain five YA books that are either already published or will be released by fall 2020. As per usual with me, preference is given to #ownvoices, marginalized authors and/or characters, and books teens are unlikely to read for school. Feel free to borrow or build on these sets.

Click here to see other bundles.

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YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 1

I’ve worked in libraries for eleven years now and have worked specifically with teens for the last four. In other words, I’ve been asked for books in just about every topic imaginable.

Libraries – especially public libraries – are gearing up for reopening or are rethinking what and how services might work in the future. One of those options we should be considering are book boxes or bundles. Many libraries are already offering them or, as in the case with my system, in development. With patron access to our buildings restricted or limited, now is the perfect time to implement or expand this service.

Since many libraries don’t have staff who specialize in teen services or aren’t able to carve out the time to design reader’s advisory lists, I figured I’d help my professional colleagues out. Each set of recommendations contain five YA books that are either already published or will be released by summer 2020. As per usual with me, preference is given to #ownvoices, marginalized authors and/or characters, and books teens are unlikely to read for school. Feel free to borrow or build on these sets.

Click here to see other bundles.

Continue reading “YA Book Bundles – Science Fiction & Fantasy, Part 1”