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 44 | Published November 15, 2011
Readers of picture books and graphic novels know that visual images sometimes tell a story in a way that words cannot. Tune in to hear about newly-published middle grade and young adult fiction, graphic novels, biographies, travel memoirs, and informational books, all of which use visual material in ways that enrich the text’s meaning.
Episode 43 | Published October 05, 2011
Tune in to hear about the seeds behind her newest novel, Everybody Sees the Ants. We’ll discuss how several of the novel’s key elements came about during Amy’s writing process, how The Vagina Monologues connects thematically to elements of the text focused on bullying and torture, and how satire helped her to make a key point about Lucky Linderman’s process of coming to terms with the adult world.
Episode 42 | Published September 21, 2011
Tune in this month to hear two avid tween readers talk about what they look for in a good book, some of their favorite titles, and what adults should know about helping tweens find books they’ll want to read.
Episode 41 | Published August 02, 2011
In this episode, you’ll hear about a range of titles that rely on some form of action, mystery, or suspense to draw teens into a page-turning storyline.
Episode 40 | Published June 27, 2011
In this episode, you’ll hear about a variety of feminist books for teens—including works of realistic fiction as well as fantasy, biography, historical fiction, and satire.