We interrupt our regularly scheduled RA e-mail to bring you this special summer reading message:
I know it may not feel like it, what with winter weather advisories every five minutes*, but summer reading is coming. One of the most important takeaways from the summer reading workshop last year was that in order to help increase successful reading experiences for children and teens, public libraries can provide support for self-selected, voluntary reading through the collections we develop and through good readers advisory service.
In other words, if we want to foster a love of reading, we need to make sure we have stuff on the shelves that children and teens want to read, and we need to make sure we can booktalk it just as well as we do with our adult collections. So, from now until June, I'll be dedicating one RA Friday a month to youth services. Starting now!
If you want to know what's coming out soon, you should know about the Publishers Weekly On-Sale Calendar, Mr. Schu's Book Release Calendar, and Kirkus Reviews - here are links for upcoming children's and upcoming YA.
Teen librarian Toolbox regularly features upcoming titles in posts like these, and Teen Services Underground recently wrote a post providing several YA booklists grouped by genre or topic. And if the YA Category of Book Riot isn't in your RSS feed or inbox, that's another great tool for your toolbox.
For all you webinar fans, Booklist has three, count 'em, THREE youth services webinars in February - Everything's Coming Up YA, Youth Titles Guaranteed to Spring Off Your Shelves, and Stellar Youth Series Nonfiction.
And I want everyone to put April 25 on your respective radars, since that's the day the 2019 SYNC program begins! For those not familiar with SYNC, AudioFile makes two free audiobook downloads available each week for 14 weeks for anyone 13 and up. Make sure to let your teens know, and check out the titles here!
Finally, if you don't already read childen's and YA literature, today is the perfect day to start. As with adult literature, you don't need to read every book in the collection to provide good RA service, but the more you do read (and the more widely), the easier it is. This weekend, I'm going to read Front Desk, by Kelly Yang. Happy reading!
*I think we have two simultaneous ones today!