January 20, 2016
Each year our sister publication, School Library Journal, selects 16 books for their annual Battle of the Kids' Books (fondly known as BOB) competition. Different from other "awards," they actively seek to balance the list with books that are diverse in the following fields: racial and ethnic, genre, audience and publisher. By the same token, they work to recruit a slate of similarly diverse judges. Today is the big announcement. Last year's winner was Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. What was selected? Do you have them? Want them at an amazing price?
December 03, 2015
When I was a young child, my mom took my sisters and me to the public library every week. She let us choose the books we wanted--however many we wanted. If I decided to read the same book over and over, she let me. The librarian never said things like: "You can't have that many books," or: "That book is too hard for you," or: "You've checked out that book every week for a month. Let's choose something else." What a good librarian she was!
September 15, 2015
Today Leslie and I did our Mid/High webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes (well, kind of), we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.
August 27, 2015
Want to know about hot new books for teens? Back to school season is in full swing and it's time to get geared up for a fantastic fall. But there's something you still need to do--discover the best new books for your teen readers, of course.
August 25, 2015
What's new and exciting for PreK-Grade 6 in the world of children's literature? Today Leslie and I did our Elementary webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for young readers. Keep reading for the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, fiction, JLG, lessons, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, public library, resources, webinars.
August 05, 2015
This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.
June 22, 2015
After getting in last night in the wee hours of the morning from a road trip to my dad's, spending the day in bed was terribly tempting, but I dragged myself into the office. After all, I was out on Friday, so there was sure to be plenty to catch up on. To my delight, one of my emails said "there are two boxes of ARCs for you and Leslie in my office." How fast can a girl get up and cross the room?
April 03, 2015
Next week I'm speaking to Fairfax Virginia Public Library System about using technology in the library. What should I be using ? Why should I use it? How can I use it? What if we have a Marketing Department who takes care of publicity and social media? As I rewrite my presentation to fit their needs, I found myself tweaking the whole presentation tool. Recently I was in a workshop on Symbaloo, taught mostly in an exploratory sort of method. I created an account and lightening hit.
March 27, 2015
Yesterday Leslie and I did our second webcast for the new selections of 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the shortlist of our selections and their corresponding categories. A few choices, such as The Bunker Diaries (YM), lend themselves to be suitable solely for upper grades. Many of the books, however, can be used at both middle and high school grades.
Tags: audiobooks, Authors & Illustrators, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, marketing, nonfiction, Printz, public library, resources, social media, technology, webinars.
March 13, 2015
Booktalks. We do them every day. From the kids who come in the library to the person next in line, we "talk up" books, almost without thinking. With a little planning, those talks can be polished into a program that gets your books flying off the shelves. A good hook, though, is worth it's weight in gold.