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Must Listen: Book Lover’s Podcasts

22 Jun

get-booked-logo-e1441883061578I love the Get Booked podcast – it’s a book recommendation podcast where people submit questions for reading suggestions for themselves, as gifts, for their book club, etc. and receive suggestions from the hosts and Book Riot contributors. 9 times out of 10, I know very well that I’ll never read the books they suggest, but I love hearing about them – it’s a great way to hear about books from a wide-variety of genres and the ladies who host are so fun!


artworks_mediumIf you’re a kid lit author or illustrator and like to drink (both alcoholic and non) this is the group for you. I’m neither an author or illustrator, but I enjoy this podcast just the same – it’s fun to listen to other people geek out as much as I do about kid lit! They talk writing, interview authors, and in general have a lot of fun together – which is awesome!


downloadThis is a podcast hosted by a 5th grade teacher focusing on middle grade books. She talks classroom shop – always looking for ways to connect middle grade students to books they’ll love. My favorite part of this podcast is when she offers up suggestions and the format she uses is great – a quick overview of the story and three reasons why she loves the book. She’s got some great ideas to encourage readers and reading habits!


The-Yarn-logo-500-300x300The Yarn is hosted by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker and each season has had a little bit of a different focus – but it’s always enlightening with a focus on kid lit author interviews. The first season of the podcast the guys focused on looking at Matthew & Jennifer Holm’s book – Sunny Side Up from many different angles – book designer, author, illustrator, colorist, editor and more.


These are just a few of the podcasts I listen to and if you’re looking for some more great examples, check out Brightly’s article, Press Play: 8 of the Best Kids’ Lit Podcasts (and a Few for Grown-Ups Too)!



NPR’s Book Concierge

9 Dec

I was excited to see that NPR published their 2015 Book Concierge, but on taking a closer look there were some genres, themes, and concepts that were glaringly missing, in my opinion.

Now, I can’t talk for the entire list, I merely focused on the kids books and of the 260 books on the list only 23 are children’s books.  After taking a closer look, I was disappointed in the lack of diversity in characters – and they did a fairly good job of finding authors that are diverse, but the characters were truly lacking.  I also thought it was on oversight not to include any graphic novels in the children’s books.  This genre/style of books has taken off in the past few years and it’s a shame that NPR isn’t promoting some of the most amazing titles this year – Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm?!?!?!  The other surprise I noticed was absolutely zero suggestions for non-fiction titles for kids – absolutely ZERO!  I may be hyper-aware of non-fiction as I’m in the midst of judging the non-fiction genre for the CYBILS awards, but there are some wonderful non-fiction titles geared toward all ages of kids that I think are important to let families know about.

Reader’s Advisory

19 Aug

I love Reader’s Advisory, I read a ton of books and get so excited to share them with the kids in my library.  I love reading something and know exactly who I’ll recommend it to, other times I get the chance to talk to someone and pull out a book that I’ve read that will be absolutely perfect.  I feel like I can do a great job with kids from babies – 1st/2nd grade.  And I can kick butt when it comes to middle grade fiction and even hold my own in the young adult department.  I love talking with kids who are passionate about books – those kids who have read just about everything you can suggest off the top of your head.  My other favorite group are the really picky readers who are so particular it can feel like a battle to find something they might be interested in.  But, the best part is when they come back, both those avid and particular readers, and exclaim how great their books were!  That is what I live for!  But when a 3rd or 4th grader comes in looking for a book… it’s the hardest group for me to advise.

I think it comes down to a wide variety in reading levels – many kids can read at a higher age level, but parents worry about the content.  I know the typical series books, that are ever so popular, but have trouble coming up with some other ideas for more picky readers.  I think this is going to be something I’ll need to focus a little more closely on in the future, maybe by checking blogs and journals for books for that age group.  And I think I’ll create an easy go-to list of some quality choices for both boys and girls to have on hand if I completely draw a blank.

What are your favorite suggestions for 3rd and 4th graders?

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