RA for your Summer Reading 4/12/19

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled RA e-mail to bring you this summer reading crossover episode about children's and YA literature!

Scholastic released its Kids and Family Reading Report last month. Even if you don't have time to read the full 38-page report right now, check out the key findings on pages 6-7, and enjoy this direct quote:

"In the 13 years of the Kids & Family Reading Report, one thing remains constant no matter what: when kids choose, they read. Across demographics, the majority of kids (89%) agree their favorite books are the ones that they have picked out themselves."

Keeping tabs on popular trends, inviting kids to recommend new series for your collection, and paying attention to what titles arrive on your holdshelf from other libraries are just a few ways to make sure you have books that will fly off the shelves this summer.

For those of you waiting for part 2 of the Middle Grade Mania webinar, wait no longer! Clear a spot on your calendar for April 24 at 2pm to see what must-have middle grade titles are heading your way... Check out the latest Booklist for even more Middle Grade Madness, including their list of the 50 Best Middle Grade Novels of the 21st Century.

In YA news, we've got BuzzFeed's list of 29 YA Books You Absolutely Must Read this Spring, Book Riot's list of 30 Teen Book Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and Booktubers You Should Be Following. and Teen Services Underground's post about promoting high-interest nonfiction titles to teen by pairing them with fiction.

Meanwhile, Jbrary has been doing a great series on picture books. Their latest featured topics - poetry collections and magical and mythical creatures - can be found on their amazing blog.

I know I've said this before, but my love of audio will keep me keep saying it -  the SYNC program returns on April 25. Free downloads for the win!

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!

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