December 20, 2016

Engaging parents with NoveList

As a librarian and school media specialist, your interest in a child’s success sends a powerful message to parents, giving you an “in” for helping parents learn how to improve education outcomes for their child.

While you’re talking with parents about strategies for making reading a part of everyday life, be sure to show them NoveList. No matter the age of the child, NoveList is a tool parents can use to find their kids’ next read. If parents don’t have access to NoveList through your school media center, encourage them to check their public library for NoveList access.

Here are some of our favorite tools to share with parents.

The home page

At first glance, it seems silly share the home page as a tool, but we heard your feedback about NoveList and redesigned the home page to serve you better. Parents struggling to find books for their reluctant readers may want to see our Recommended Reads lists, like the one for Fans of Pixar. Parents trying to stay current about new realistic books for teens will want to Browse Genres. And parents who want to find award-winning books will appreciate the quick link to the over 1,000 awards NoveList tracks.

Plus, the Appeal Mixer is fun to show people and fun to play with.

The top menu bar

Be sure to walk parents through the top menu bar, designed to put you within a couple clicks of resources you and your parents need.

Under “Especially For: Working with Youth,” parents will find lists and articles based both on what books are popular among kids as well as on what kids have to read in school.

Under the Quick Links menu, parents will find Common Core and curricular information, Picture Book Extenders to give them ideas for talking with their kids about the books they read, and Grab and Go book lists on everything from courage to math.

Search strategies and tutorials

We link to our search strategies in a lot of blog posts and with good reason. From finding books for storytime to searching for books for tweens to finding books by reading level, we’ve designed search strategies around your most common questions. We also offer YouTube tutorials geared toward schools and students. Like our search strategies, these tutorials are designed to answer common questions, like finding narrative nonfiction, books about historical events, read-alikes, and more.

Folders and emailing

Perhaps the most important tip we’ll share with you today is the folder feature. For both librarians and parents, saving ideas (and book titles!) to a folder is a quick shortcut to keeping track of all the cool things you’ve found. Even better, all of those books, lists, and articles can be emailed from within NoveList, giving you an easy way to share that fabulous list of books you created for a parent. 

Like these NoveList suggestions? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Leave a comment, email, or click on Feedback in any NoveList screen. Your input helps us make NoveList better.

Jennifer Lohmann is a Sales and Marketing Specialist at NoveList.

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