December 27, 2018
Matching YA biographies with teen readers
If you work in public libraries, you're probably familiar with the habits of adult biography readers. Adult biography readers typically know what they like, and they're not shy about asking for it. The same can't be said for teens, however. Young adult biographies can be inventive, affirming, mind-blowing, heartbreaking, or young adult biographies can be inventive, affirming, mind-blowing, heartbreaking, or inspiring (sometimes all at once!), but it may take a little extra effort to match them with the right readers.
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.
April 23, 2018
Your summer reading master list, 2018 edition
Last year, we put together a “master list” of our best resources for helping you survive whatever the summer reading season throws your way. Since we’re constantly adding fresh content and helpful resources, we thought our summer reading master list deserved an update!
November 30, 2017
Great gift books for kids, 2017 edition
Each December, the staff who work with children's books here at NoveList each try to choose just one book that they believe would be a perfect present. Here are our picks out of the ones we read (or rediscovered) this year.
October 26, 2017
New favorites for your school year
Whether you’re sitting in front of the class or have kids gathered around you in the library, maybe the book you were excited about ten years ago began to feel stale a couple Octobers ago. And who has time to research something new that would fit the bill? We can help!
August 31, 2017
Steal this idea: Use graphic novels to get kids reading
No one can deny that graphic novels are gaining momentum in libraries and schools. While using graphic novels may seem counterproductive to promoting reading, they may be just the springboard you need to reach those reluctant readers.