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YALSA 2017 Selected Book Lists: Don’t Forget to Check Them Out!

CMLE members – pay attention to the Young Adult Library Services Association, and all their resources to help you in your work! They provide awards for more than 4,000 books, audiobooks, and movies. “This database provides access to all of YALSA‘s annual selected book and media lists, awards, and honorees. These resources are developed by library staff and educators to support the collection development and readers’ advisory work of library staff.

While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA’s selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.”

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Finding but not keeping: Some book recommendations!

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Many libraries have issues with patrons who struggle, and fail, to rein in their impulses to keep things they find. In this case, we are focusing on our younger patrons; and suggesting some books to help to share some good behavior habits!

A librarian was looking for book suggestions to help overcome a problem in her school library. She wanted books to help kids learn a few skills:

  • that when we find— we don’t keep
  • we don’t pass on what we find to someone who does not own it
  • we don’t put it in our backpacks or pockets and take it home
  • we give it to the person who we know for sure owns it
  • or we give it to the Teacher or the Teacher Librarian​-it may belong to another student, the Teacher, The Teacher Librarian, the library, the classroom, the school, etc.

As library people do, there was a quick rush of suggestions for books that might help in this school. And they sounded so good, they just might be helpful in your library too! Continue reading Finding but not keeping: Some book recommendations!

Recommended kid’s books on dementia


Dementia is an issue many kids and young adults will deal with, through family members, neighbors, and friends. Recently, a library listserve from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) had members who shared suggestions for books they could recommend to their patrons.

Many suggestions were offered. And as this seemed to be a very popular discussion, we wanted to share some of these books with our members who may also  need these in your collections! Read on, for a bunch of book suggestions: Continue reading Recommended kid’s books on dementia

Need some YA books with food/bakers/chefs? Check these out!

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Would you YA, or YA-book fans of all ages, want to read books with a cooking theme? There are some great suggestions from YALSA!

“Everyone has to do it eventually but surprisingly few YA fiction books have any reference to it. I’m talking about cooking and baking, of course. When I started thinking about read-a-likes for Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I knew I wanted to feature some books with bakers like Lara Jean. That wound up being harder to find than I expected which also made me think that others might be interested in a more exhaustive list of books for teens with bakers, chefs, and foodies. For other books with teen chefs, be sure to check out the 2011 Popular Paperbacks “What’s Cooking?” List!”

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Literature Map: Find more authors you like

ReadHmmmmm…..Literature Map is so incredibly easy to use, I am skeptical about how good it is. Suggested for folks who have exhausted their favorite author’s books, and want similar works by others. The Literature-Map is part of Gnod, the Global Network of Discovery. It is based on Gnooks, Gnod’s literature recommendation system. The more people like an author and another author, the closer together these two authors will move on the Literature-Map.

All you do is type the name of your favorite author in the search box, click on search and notice your author is in the middle of your screen. Watch other author names swirl around the screen a bit until some come to rest close to your author’s name. Supposedly, these authors offer similar fare. Try it out and let me know in the comments what you think. I would think your “avid reader” students would love this tool.

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