RA for your Friday 6/26/20


The NPR Summer Reader Poll is out, and this year the focus is... books for young children!

"A long, long summer is stretching ahead of us — many summer camps and programs are closed, kids are restless and parents and caregivers are stretched thin. But story time is always a little moment of escape. So this year, we want to hear all about your very favorite books for the littlest readers, specifically picture books and very easy chapter books. Is it something you loved as a kid? Something the kids in your life demand at Every. Single. Bedtime? Something they love to read by themselves? Something you gift to every kid you know? Tell us about it!"

What a delightful confluence of RA, early literacy, and summer reading.

In other exciting news, we've been seeing a lot of simultaneous use titles being made newly available on OverDrive - first, a collection of titles for children and teens (added to our No-Wait YA and Kids Summer Picks collections), and now, Black Lives Matter Community Reads. We may be seeing additional titles added as summer goes on (including their Big Library Read, which has been moved to August), so I'll be sure to let you know once I get the word. In the meantime, check out the OverDrive marketing resource center for ready-to-go social media graphics!

Looking ahead, we've got July picks from Indie Next and LibraryReads.

We're very nearly halfway through 2020, which means that we're starting to see some Best of the Year lists emerging, like this one from Amazon, this one from CrimeReads, and this one from Tor.

Finally, #FridayReads: I've finally broken my quarantine reading slump! I have started and put down many books over the last few months, but I have not finished even one of them until last weekend, when I read Murder on Lexington Avenue, by Victoria Thompson. I'm one of those people who doesn't mind jumping into a mystery series in the middle (this was book #12), but I will go back and start this one from the beginning. Happy reading!