Have a minute to read what other in the profession are saying about children's literature? Pick a blog or two from this list provided by the organizers of KidLitoshpere, a conference of The Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Look them over and think about setting up one or two with an RSS feed to your email. Or if you find they're something you can recommend to the parents of your students or your staff, put one or two on your web page to share. The page says the specific blogs were "chosen both for authority and for variety of topic areas."
Young Adult Books - What We're Reading Now is the award winning blog of YA librarian Pamela Thompson. She writes reviews not only for the blog but for the El Paso Times and the website A Book and A Hug. She also does a regular give-away of multiple copies of some of the titles. All you have to do is post a comment on the review with your name, location and email address. A random drawing is done of those who submit. This time of year your odds may be better....who knows! If nothing else you find reviews for lots of new YA books!! Check it out. Katie
What a great resource! The Nonfiction Detectives is a blog maintained by two librarians. Look at one of the recent entries on North: the amazing story of Arctic migration by Nick Dowson. Perfect for our schools and students. If I had a webpage visited by students, parents and teachers I think I'd put a link to this in a prominent place. Katie
One of Joyce Valenza's 'practicum' students has made a very cool LibGuide on YA Literature you should check out but there are also a host of other very useful sites and tools at Joyce's Bookleads Reading Resources page, for both secondary and elementary. See if you can find some new websites to use and to share with your students, staff and parents. Katie
Thank you Joyce Valenza for pointing us to this wonderful website. Story Snoops is a site started by parents to support parents through offering recommendations of good books from a parent's perspective. While the recommendations have an option of books for All Ages they seem to start with Tween age books and go on up with Tween/Teen, Teen and then Adult books. Be sure to check out the amazing collection of other search parameters in the pull down menus.
For example -"Books About Kids Like Yours ..... and then you can choose from -