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.
October 26, 2018
January 1st marked the 200th publication anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein. This classic has inspired many retellings and adaptations on page, stage, and screen. While Frankenstein’s influence has remained ever-present over the years, 2018 has seen a flurry of new histories, biographies, and retellings popping up on the literary scene, many of them published to coincide with this milestone anniversary.
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
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.