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.  

September 7, 2018

Themes playlist

Like many of you reading this post, I have book catnip--the kind of book I turn to over and over because something about the story satisfies. Of course, I’ve always used NoveList to help me find the “kind of book” I wanted to read. As a NoveList power user, my previous techniques tested the limits of NoveList’s more obscure field codes.

September 6, 2018

Māori Language Week

Kia ora, speakers and especially readers of Māori. New Zealanders will celebrate 10-16 September as Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o te Reo Māori), part of a decades-long reversal of linguistic suppression worth learning more about. 

August 29, 2018

Crazy Cute Asian American Rom-Coms

It's no secret -- for the past few weeks, Netflix users have been gushing about the adorable Netflix movie, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, based on the book with the same title by Jenny Han. What's all the fuss? Well, for one thing, this #ownvoices teen contemporary romance, written by a Korean-American author, features an Asian American character in a lead role, which may be the first ever such occurrence in a teen movie.

August 28, 2018

Australian Crime Fiction

Jane Harper’s Aaron Falk series continues to rack up awards and long hold lines at the library. Fortunately for all of us on the waiting list, Australian crime fiction has a lot to offer.

August 2, 2018

Lust in the dust: Rural romances set in Australia

Following the immense success of Rachael Treasure’s Jillaroo in 2005, rural romance emerged as a beloved genre of Australian readers. These books celebrate rural life, farming, and close knit communities as well as the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. They are rich in atmosphere and feature strong, independent female heroines making their own way in the bush.

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