The authors of The Hate U Give and The Poet X recently have announced they will be releasing journals as extensions of their best-selling young adult novels.
With her literary landscape-changing The Hate U Give and On the Come Up still charting on the New York Times best-sellers list, Angie Thomas told her 100,000 Instagram followers last week that Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth will be a guide for aspiring writers. From the first look at Epic Reads, the journal has questions in colorfully graphic lettering to help readers jot down intentions for their characters, the characters’ voices, and the structure of the story. The journal will be released in March 2020.
Another award-winning YA novelist, Elizabeth Acevedo, also recently told her 43,000 Instagram followers that Write Yourself a Lantern: A Journal Inspired by The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo will come out in April 2020. Her sophomore novel, With the Fire On High, made a splash over the summer due to the impact of her 2017 debut, The Poet X. Fulfilling a similar purpose as Angie’s journal, Elizabeth’s journal will guide readers into creating their poetry with bold words decorating the pages along with empty lines to fill.
Releasing journals to complement top-selling books is growing in popularity with, for example, clean queen Marie Kondo famously coming out with Life-Changing Magic: A Journal to accompany her “spark joy” empire. Though her genre of self-help seems to be the most appropriate place for companion journals, they may also thrive in the YA space to give teens a palette to drive their creativity.
Both journals are with HarperCollins Publishers and geared toward the YA audience.
I am trying to compile a list of YA authors that are/were also school teachers. As a teacher who is finalising my first YA book, the subject is of interest to me. Would be very appreciative if you could supply a few names.