June 18, 2019

Reading the right book at the right time

It’s been one year since the NoveList baton was passed along to the next generation of readers’ advisory experts. Lucky for us, however, Duncan Smith continues to offer us inspiration on the connection between books and our daily lives. In this month’s issue of Booklist Online, Duncan shares a personal conversation on this very topic and reminds of us his own devotion to books and readers.

January 29, 2019

Black girls read, too

There are many stereotypes that perpetuate the idea that black children don’t read. They aren’t exposed to reading at early ages compared to children from other races, and therefore perform at lower rates in school. However, it’s not just that black children aren’t reading, they just aren’t reading enough books that reflect them. I recently finished reading Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim. This book prompted me to reflect on my own reading journey growing up and how my diverse reading background has affected my views.

December 4, 2018

Gift books for adults, 2018 edition

As NextReads bibliographers, we’ve read hundreds of books – all of them different combinations of the various story elements that exist. And yet, we’ve barely made a dent in the mind-blowing array of options! If you find that what’s out there is overwhelming (even in a good way), let us help you narrow down your choices. Below, the five of us have collected some of our favorites to suggest as gifts to give to that special reader in your life. Our reading interests are unique, so you can expect our recommendations to match. Happy holidays—and happy reading! 

December 4, 2018

Gift books for kids and teens, 2018 edition

It's that time of year again, and people are looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. Each December, the staff who work with children's books here at NoveList try to choose just one or two books that they believe could make a treasured addition to someone's bookshelf. Here are our picks out of the ones we read (or rediscovered) this year. They range from books for toddlers to teens and appeal to all kinds of readers. Your child's new favorite may be on this list. It's our gift to you.

December 1, 2017

Great gift books for adults, 2017 edition

As NextReads bibliographers, it's our job to know about a lot of different books; as readers, we come to love specific ones. We've collected some of our favorites that we think make great gifts for any reader in your life.