August 20, 2019
The end of summer and beginning of a new school year often means an uptick in public library visits from a specific kind of young patron: the summer reading procrastinator.
July 31, 2019
Your back-to-school master list, 2019 edition
At the beginning of the summer, we compiled all our best resources for surviving summer into a single summer reading master list. Now that the school year is gearing up again, we’ve done the same with a list of resources, ideas, tips, and tricks to help you have the best school year ever — whether you’re an educator, librarian, parent, or student.
July 26, 2019
Speculative fiction featuring diverse characters
Many libraries are following the Summer Reading theme Universe of Stories, bringing to mind images of outer space, astronauts, and creatures out of this world. And whether your library is following the theme or not, the speculative genres of science fiction and fantasy are perennially popular.
March 7, 2019
Introducing a new way to find STEM fiction
We are pleased to introduce you to our latest new genre in NoveList, STEM fiction. Here at NoveList, we realized that although discovering nonfiction STEM books is fairly straightforward, identifying fiction STEM books can be more challenging. We wanted to come up with a simple way for librarians, educators, and patrons to identify fictional titles that incorporate problem-solving using STEM concepts.
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 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.