December 16, 2019

The library marketer’s secret weapon

When it comes to promoting your library’s collection, do you often struggle to find the right words to describe a book’s theme, the kind of characters involved, or the author’s writing style? I’m going to let you in on a little secret I shared recently with some library marketers. It’s The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements.

September 26, 2019

Sharing the Secret Language of Books

Over the years we’ve developed and refined our own language for matching readers with just-right books. These “story elements” cover the many different aspects of a book that catches a reader’s attention. Every year we compile the story elements, which include appeal terms, themes, and genres, into The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to Story Elements

July 2, 2019

Stranger Reads

The biggest weekend of the summer is here, for those of you who are stateside. And that means our favorite adventurous D&D playing, mall-shopping, monster-killing crew from Hawkins, Indiana are back for one more season of horror and delight. So what would we recommend to these characters of Stranger Things (and the swashbucklers in your library, too)? This list is for you.

April 29, 2019

The Secret Language of Books – 2019 Edition

We are happy to announce that the 2019 version of The Secret Language of Books is off to the printer. Many of you expressed appreciation for the earlier version of this booklet, which contained detailed information about NoveList appeal factors and tips for using them with readers. This time around, we wanted to create an even richer resource for you by including genres and themes. 

April 23, 2019

Be a superhero readers’ advisor

Given the abundance of recent superhero movies (Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home), you may be seeing more requests from your patrons for superhero comics and stories. If not, the stakes are being raised: May 4th is Free Comic Book Day (and Star Wars Day)!

April 15, 2019

How to experiment with reading outside the box

As a cataloger of juvenile works, my reading has leaned more towards picture books of late, but I wanted to challenge myself with a standard readers' advisory goal: For the benefit of patrons, read “outside the box.”