Add this site to you collection of sources for summer reading recommendations. TeenReads.com Nice clean format with new titles and reviews. Katie
I've been meaning to share these photos I took at the Powell's Book Store branch in the Portland airport. I thought the use of different handwritten fonts as well as the minimal images that tied to the title were very effective just to catch the eye. The personal touch on the review was great as well. Some of these are for younger readers, some for older even adults. Scroll to see them all and adapt for your setting. Katie
And this isn't NERDY as in techie nerds. This is NERDY as in book loving nerds. Check out The Nerdy Book Club and see if you don't get lost in the posts almost immediately and have to struggle to come up for air. One of the facilitators is Donalyn Miller, author of the Book Whisperer, just to give you an idea of the expertise moving the project along. And it's not just for elementary folks. Check out their book lists and see how many of their recommendations, especially the non-fiction, you have in your collection. Install their button, designed by Tom Angelberger on your webpage to link to the awards lists -
YALSA's Teen Book Finder app has been updated. Read all about it here and find out how others are using this handy resource. Katie
I hope that you are all already following Mr Schu's blog and have already read about this fantastic book called Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier and have acquired a copy for yourself and your library! Not only is this book delightful but so is Mr Schu's interview with the author and then there are the four additional book trailers at the end of Jesse's favorite titles! Enjoy. Katie
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 -