April 12th isÂ 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’sÂ Books For TeensÂ in their honor. You can, too.