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 74 | Published June 22, 2014
If there is anyone in the world of children’s and young adult literature who could be described as a living legend, it’s Walter Dean Myers. Tune in to hear how his own experiences as a reader have shaped his approach to storytelling, what he seeks to offer young people through his writing, and the thinking behind a select handful of his novels – books that incorporate concepts as varied as magical realism, the social contract, and oral histories with our nation’s war veterans.
Episode 73 | Published May 30, 2014
In this episode, you’ll hear about a variety of books that may deepen our thinking about complex texts, including collections of poems and works of historical fiction, graphic novels and informational texts, and novels built on interwoven storylines. Together they offer reading options for teens with diverse interests, tastes, and sensibilities.
Episode 72 | Published April 27, 2014
It’s rare to find historical fiction that weaves rich period detail into the lives of memorable and endearing characters, but Rita Williams-Garcia’s middle-grade novels One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven do just that. Tune in to hear Rita explain how she drew on personal and historical contexts to develop her characters and tell their story. You’ll also hear about her great love for her work and her commitment to spending as long as it takes to get the story right.
Episode 71 | Published March 19, 2014
Teen book awards provide an annual guide for readers in search of quality young adult literature reading recommendations. In her sixth annual celebration of the year’s most distinguished books for teens, Jennifer introduces her personal favorites. Tune in to hear about coming of age novels, works of original historical research, and tributes to the pleasures of cooking, the power of graphic design, and the comforts of poetry.
Episode 70 | Published February 23, 2014
Books about teens who are living with disability highlight the courage and emotional strength that disabled people can summon. They also challenge us to reflect on how we treat disabled people in our own lives. Tune in to hear about young people who are coping with birth defects and cerebral palsy; autism, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder; speech impediments and traumatic war injuries.