August 3, 2020

Back to School: Your 2020 Guide

#BacktoSchool2020 is gearing up, and though there remains a lot of uncertainty of what's to come and what it will look like, we know that school will start in whatever new form it takes. So we've made a back to school guide with a list of resources, ideas, tips, and tricks to help you have a great school year — whether you're an educator, librarian, parent, or student — whatever your school year may look like. 

July 20, 2020

5 storytime tips for the uninitiated

Those who work with youth all share a common goal: finding ways to help kids keep learning. Reading aloud is one sure-fire way to do it. So whether you’re a parent *slightly* uncomfortable with reading aloud but wanting to try and hopefully light a reading spark in your youngsters, or a public librarian perfecting your online storytime chops, here are tips to help the uninitiated tackle the magic of sharing stories with kids. 

April 29, 2020

Building a collection for 1000 books before kindergarten

In a previous blog post, I wrote about parents who are looking for all the book recommendations they can get their hands on and how libraries can support them. If you’re working from home, or in the library working in shifts, and wondering how best to build up your collection of board and picture books to support those parents and early readers (or book chewers), here are some suggestions for Core Collections customers.  

April 15, 2020

Supporting 1000 books before kindergarten (from a distance)

For me, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has become a lot more intimate. And, like many parents of young children out there surviving without daycare, it exists in some strange no man’s land between joyous and tedious while being impossibly hard.

How can libraries support parents like me?

January 29, 2020

Do you recognize social-emotional learning in your library?

We, as a society, are constantly seeing and experiencing things we have no control over. This is difficult for adults to comprehend, but children have an even tougher time coping. In order to help children and teens manage their emotions, as well as gain empathy and understanding for others’ challenges, it’s crucial to incorporate social-emotional learning (SEL).

December 3, 2019

Gift books for kids and teens, 2019 edition

Each December, the staff who work with children's books here at NoveList try to choose just one or two books they believe could make a treasured addition to someone's bookshelf. Here are our picks out of the ones we read this year. They range from books for toddlers to teens and appeal to all kinds of readers. It's our gift to you.