Tag Archives: Reader’s Advisory

Summer Reading Lists

Image by Wishpong some rights reserved
Image by Wishpong some rights reserved

With June right around the corner, CMLE is here to help you get your summer reading lists created for all ages, including yourself!

For Kids:

The Association for Library Service  to Children (ALSC) has pulled together Three Summer Reading book lists to help keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. The lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

The Boston Public Schools have four big lists for students too. Their lists are broken down for Book List Grades K – 2Book List Grades 3 – 5Book List Grades 6 – 8, and Book List Grades 9 – 12

For Adults:

Mashable’s list has summer in the title so you know they’ve got to be good! Check out eight books to add to your summer reading list.

The HuffingtonPost has a list of 30 books you NEED to read in 2014. “Need” seems a little strong, but who are we to argue when it comes to reading books!

The BBC chose to focus on the 10 best new books. They have a diverse collection of books and some might not classify as “beach-reads” but all are still worthy of a look.

Finally, not to be forgotten, Flavorwire has a list of 20 new Non-Fiction books you should read this summer. Supposedly, these titles will make us smarter!

What books are you excited about reading this summer? Serious classics or trashy romances, all titles are welcome! Help us add to the lists.


Another Perspective on Books for Boys


Our friends at ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) question the notion of “books for boys” and encourage us to think beyond gender when providing readers advisory to boys and girls. Point well taken. Read their rationale, and to back up their assertion, they provide a list of titles they’ve recommended to guys recently too! Some of the titles may surprise you. Feel free to add your ideas and suggestions!

Links to previous posts on this subject include:

Books for Teen Boys (Grades 7-12)

BooksRecently, a question appeared on a Minnesota listserv, and it was fun to see the engagement and excitement of the list participants. I do believe a librarian’s mission is life is to entice a non-reader to read! And, the quest for just the right material to make that happen is ongoing! The question posed is included below along with a compiled list of all of the great suggestions….all of which happened within about a one-hour time frame! Pure fun….continue the excitement by listing your suggestions in the comments field! Or, more fun yet, search for Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange on Facebook, like our page, and add your suggestions there!

Question: I’m looking for new authors for our teen boys grades 7 – 12.  Other than Gary Paulson, John Flanagan, Rick Riordan, what are some others that you can recommend.  I’m asked often for books about hunting;  wilderness anything outdoorsy that also has an AR quiz.


(The following authors were enthusiastically endorsed, no matter what they write)                                                  

John Flanagan, Margaret Haddix, Mary Downing Hahn, Will Hobbs, Gordon Korman, Jim Kjelgaard, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulson, Wilson Rawls, Rick Riordan, Will Weaver, Pam Withers

Titles and Authors

(Subjects are in Italics)

Wild Life: Cynthia DeFelice

Weasel: Cynthia DeFelice

Various teen topics: Paul Volponi’s

Alex Rider series: Anthony Horowitz

Vampires and werewolves:  Darren Shan

Sports books: Mike Lupica

Series  of Chris D’Lacey

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (series): Heather Brewer

Sports, &the Sports Heroes & Legends biographies: Mike Lupica and Tim Green

Sci-Fi: Scott Westerfeld, Roderick Gordon, Pittacus Lore

Adventure: Will Hobbs, Anthony Horowitz, Gordon Korman

Humor:  James Patterson’s “Middle School” books, Jordan Sonnenblick

War stories:   Chris Lynch (Vietnam series and now WW II), Tim O’Brien, Walter Dean Myers

Relationships : John Green

“Secrets” series: Pseudonymous Bosch

“Michael Vey” series: Richard Paul Evans

 Outdoors: Gordon Korman, Mary Casanova

Any title (High school boys): John Sandford, Tim O’Brien, William Krueger,

Grade 7-12 boys, any titles: John Flanagan, Joseph Delaney, Stephen King, Chris Lynch,

Additional suggestion: I also ordered smaller books from Follett on hunting and fishing, they are average level and smaller books worth one to two points, but the boys seem to like them.

Children's Book-A-Day Almanac

bookaday_271_biggerDo you know about author Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac? I heard Silvey speak at a conference a few years back, and the love she puts into this work is heartwarming. She is a master at her craft, and brings to life the details behind the classics, which can be even more fascinating than the books themselves. According to her site, you can find:

  • Daily children’s book recommendations and events from Anita Silvey.
  • Discover the stories behind the children’s book classics . . .
  • The new books on their way to becoming classics . . .
  • And events from the world of children’s books—and the world at large.

Tip 1: Subscribe on the site to all of Silvey’s social media channels too.

Tip 2: Search the Silvey archives by: author/illustrator, age group, book type and subject!

Free Webinar: Graphics, The Musical

Image by Jess_Sanson. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image by Jess_Sanson. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Reference Outreach & Instruction at Minitex is offering a free webinar this month on graphic novels. Join Ramsey County Library’s Teen Librarians Marcus Lowry and Amy Boese. They will discuss the best superheroes, what’s hot in manga, as well as breakthrough indie voices for 2013.  This reader’s advisory for kids, teens, and adults will be held on Friday, December 13th from 1-2:00 PM (CT.)

Registration information can be found online with Minitex’s.