We interrupt our regularly scheduled RA e-mail to bring you this summer reading crossover episode! As we discussed at our summer reading workshop earlier this month, public libraries can increase successful reading experiences for children and teens by encouraging them to choose their own reading materials and by making sure we have stuff on the shelves that they want to read. To that end, I'm going to be dedicating one RA Friday e-mail a month to youth services until June. (And maybe longer...Thoughts?)
In honor of the arrival of spring and all the cleaning that comes with it, I'd like to kick off with a blog post from Teen Services Underground called 3 Reasons Why Weeding Matters. I know I often talk about how spring is the time to load up your shelves with the shiny new titles in anticipation of summer reading, but patrons are going to be able to find those titles a lot more easily if you've gotten some good weeding in first.
If you're looking to start a shopping list for spring titles, you might start here - the Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Children's and YA Books of Spring 2019! Meanwhile, the latest Booklist is featuring ALA's 2019 Best Lists AND putting a spotlight on picture books. Some of the lists include the Rainbow List of LGBT books for youth, the Amelia Bloomer Project, the best fiction for young adults from YALSA, a top 10 Quick Picks for reluctant readers, a top 10 graphic novels for teens, and the Alex Awards. But wait! There's more! Booklist is hosting a webinar on April 9 at 2pm called Middle Grade Mania, Part 1. Which means we should also be on the lookout for Part 2 in the near future...
Speaking of the near future, those of you looking for books that tie in with the CSLP summer reading theme should check out Jbrary's list of 2019 picture books that feature outer space. In other summer-related news, we're just about to head into summer blockbuster territory! Check out these YA Book-to-Screen Adaptations coming soon to a theater (or tablet) near you.
For all you podcast listeners out there, Book Riot is launching a new kidlit podcast called Kidlit These Days. In other earbud-related news, the SYNC program returns on April 25! 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 2019 titles here!
And remember, 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. Happy reading!