September 27, 2018

Audiobooks build reading skills

Audiobooks are gaining in popularity amongst library patrons. While we see the popularity of audiobooks among adults in our libraries, there are compelling reasons to promote audiobooks to our younger patrons. A child’s fluency, inflection, and pronunciation all improve from listening to audiobooks, especially when paired with print materials.

September 19, 2018

‘Argh’ you ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Ahoy ye maties! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! To celebrate, create a handout or a display of titles with pirates as the central theme. If you are really looking to talk like a pirate (or at least talk the way they are often portrayed), picture books are your best bet for some fun and often funny pirate titles.

September 17, 2018

Lizzie Borden: on the big screen and in your library

The infamous Lizzie Borden is in the headlines again, this time as the subject of a fact-based biopic. With the September 14th release of the film Lizzie based on her true story, interest has peaked. And why not? Her trial practically kicked off the whole tradition of sensationalized domestic homicide, something Americans can’t seem to get enough of. 

September 12, 2018

Using podcasts for readers’ advisory

September 30th is International Podcast Day and I think most people would agree that podcasts have exploded within the last few years. No matter what you're into, there's a podcast out there that caters to your interests, whether you long to be entertained, informed, scared, or intrigued.

September 10, 2018

Back to basics: Looking into illustration appeal

What kind of pictures do you like in your picture books? Do you like pictures that are big and bold (and just right for storytime)? Or maybe detailed pictures, the kind that tempt you to look more closely? Or do you prefer the realism of photographic art? Whether you're reading picture books because you have kids or because you work with kids (or just ‘cause you like ‘em!), understanding the appeals of picture book illustrations will help you find books with the right look.  

September 7, 2018

Themes playlist

Like many of you reading this post, I have book catnip--the kind of book I turn to over and over because something about the story satisfies. Of course, I’ve always used NoveList to help me find the “kind of book” I wanted to read. As a NoveList power user, my previous techniques tested the limits of NoveList’s more obscure field codes.

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