Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
Podcast for Grades 6 – 12 | iTunes Subscription
Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode will feature in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers.
Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.
Jennifer Buehler taught English for ten years before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Joint Program in English and Education. As a high school teacher, she developed an 800-book classroom library designed to engage and inspire her ninth grade students as readers. Watching students select reading materials led Jennifer to expand her own reading accordingly, allowing her to match books successfully with teens' wide-ranging tastes and interests.
As a teacher consultant with the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, Jennifer regularly led workshops on young adult literature for parents, area teachers, and students in university methods classes. Now Assistant Professor of English Education at Saint Louis University, Jennifer teaches classes on English methods and young adult literature. She serves on the board of NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), and she was a member of ALAN's first Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee.
In addition to writing for ReadWriteThink, Jennifer is the host of Text Messages: Recommendations for Teen Readers, a monthly podcast focusing on the best of new young adult literature.
Episode 68 | Published November 18, 2013
With each annual crop of new nonfiction, teens have the opportunity to discover and explore new disciplinary worlds. Tune in to hear about an array of recently-published nonfiction titles that will engage teens in learning about history, science, economics, and medicine. You’ll hear about junk food and advertising, the atomic bomb and civil rights, bird watching and volcanoes – books written in a variety of formats for a variety of teen readers.
Episode 67 | Published November 08, 2013
Young adult literature about teens and trauma provides a window into mental illness and the toll it takes on young people. Stories of teens who are dealing with depression, anger, or the wish to die can be difficult to read, but they are important. They give voice to a particular kind of suffering, and they help us develop a deeper understanding of emotional pain. Just as important, they show us how people survive that pain and begin the process of healing. Tune in to hear about six new novels that focus on teens, trauma, and mental illness.
Episode 66 | Published October 03, 2013
Kristin Cashore is one of those rare authors whose books are deep and beautiful, and whose work helps readers gain perspective on their own lives. Tune in to hear about Kristin’s process of writing Bitterblue, how music helps her with writing, and how she copes when writing gets hard.
Episode 65 | Published September 09, 2013
A growing number of young adult authors are using fairy tales as seeds for their stories. Tune in to hear about an assortment of the newest fairy tale retellings: books that include middle grade humor, satire, coming of age stories, and graphic novels.
Episode 64 | Published August 16, 2013
In this episode, you’ll hear about books in a range of genres that give teens insight into the social and political conditions young people face around the globe. Together they offer a sustained look at war, poverty, and the struggle for human rights, but they also speak volumes about ordinary people and their capacity for hope and resilience.