April 12

April 12th is Support Teen Literature Day.

It’s also the day my parents — both librarians — got married.

Their wedding favors? Bookmarks.

Because our house was full of books, because they read to me, because I grew up feeling like libraries were my second home, because they always supported and took seriously my desire to write: all reasons why I’m a reader, a librarian, and an author today.

But a lot of teens are not as privileged as I was.

So I’m raising a glass to my parents’ anniversary, and sending some cash to YALSA’s Books For Teens in their honor. You can, too.

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