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Dear Teen Me: Children and Technology committee — Jennifer Hopwood

On October 30th, Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a new book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves. Think about it. What advice would you offer to your teen self? Today you will find a variety of posts from different ALSC Bloggers writing to themselves as teens. We hope they make you think about the kids you work with and what they may be going through. And maybe you’d like to write your own letter to yourself as a teen. ************************************************ Dear Teen Me… Right now you are probably sitting there bored in computer class listening to the teacher explain stuff you already know how to do. Yeah, you probably should have taken it…

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Dear Teen Anonymous

Dear Teen A., I wanted to catch you while you are 13 and things are still “normal”. I know that you aren’t comfortable admitting it yet, so I’ll say it for you: your normal is not everyone else’s normal. Your home life is unusual, rocky, dysfunctional, pick your favorite negative descriptor. It is okay, in fact go ahead and embrace it (and start taking notes). You will be able to tell great stories at parties someday. I am writing now to warn you. In the next year two diseases will infect your home; addiction and mental illness will wreak havoc. If you really think about it, you’ll realize that these two have been hiding just around the corner for as long as you can remember. It is going to be awful for you. What is now dysfunctional will become unendurable. The important thing for you to know is that it…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Dear Teen Me

Dear Teen Elisabeth, Hey! I have good news for you, my politically-embittered younger self. In just a few short years, you will leave behind your hopelessly conservative hometown for the great, wide world. You’re going to discover that you’re not the only person who thinks George W. Bush is a terrible president. When you take classes in college and discover that you are not the only liberal in the room, you will feel an overwhelming sense of belonging for the first time in years. You know, you should really listen to your mother. She’s been telling you that your best friend was bad news for years and years. Mom’s never liked her. And you’ve always defended her, and always forgiven her when she does something like take your only HS boyfriend to prom because he’s cute and she doesn’t have a date, even though you told her it would hurt…

Blogger Amy Koester

Dear Teen Amy

On October 30th,  Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves,  edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a new book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves. Think about it. What advice would you offer to your teen self? Today you will find a variety of posts from different ALSC Bloggers writing to themselves as teens.   We hope they make you think about the kids you work with and what they may be going through. And maybe you’d like to write your own letter to yourself as a teen. ************************************************ Dear Teen Amy, For you it is the spring of 2002–freshman year–but I’m writing to you from 2012. It’s like time travel! Woah. Would you do me a favor and take a moment and think about your friends?…

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Dear Teen Me – Children & Technology

On October 30th, Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves  edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a new book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves. Dear Teen Me, You’ve come a long way since high school. Right now you’re really focused and rather a stick-in-the-mud. The fact that you’ll end up graduating salutatorian of your high school class is not going to make you any happier as an adult. It’s still a great accomplishment, but it doesn’t help you make the world a better place. I’m not going to lie to you, Teen Me, you have some rough stuff ahead of you. You think people are icky in high school, they are even worse in college and in the real world….

Blogger Jeanette Larson

Dear Teen Jeanette

On October 30th,  Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves  edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves. My letter, abridged and modified slight here, was originally posted to the Dear Teen Me blog, which continues to regularly add new letters from even more authors and illustrators. Each letter helps reader’s realize that every teen has good days and bad days, sorrows and successes. Some had really bad days and a lot of sorrow before realizing the success and the good days. Think about it. What advice and insights would you offer to your teen self? Today you will find a variety of posts from different ALSC Bloggers writing to themselves as teens.   We hope they make you think…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Dear Teen Me/Dear Teen Mary

On October 30th,  Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves  edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson, was published. It is a new book of letters from 70 different authors to their teenage selves. The publisher offered an opportunity to bloggers to write their own letters to their teen selves. Think about it. What advice would you offer to your teen self? Today you will find a variety of posts from different ALSC Bloggers writing to themselves as teens.   We hope they make you think about the kids you work with and what they may be going through. And maybe you’d like to write your own letter to yourself as a teen. ************************************************ Dear Teen Mary, I know your life is a challenge, but it WILL get better. And, no, you don’t end up in a religious order to satisfy others. And you didn’t marry the guy you were dating…